Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
With more than 180 shops and boutiques, it's easy to spend a good few hours exploring Queen Victoria Building (QVB). Even if you don’t want to shop, the shopping center offers a wealth of other treasures: highlights include the Royal Clock, which heralds the hour with a miniature procession; a display replica of Queen Victoria swathed in jewels; a fully-functioning vintage elevator; and the Great Australian Clock, which features 33 painted scenes from Australian history.
Things to know before you go
- Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is a must-visit for architecture enthusiasts and shoppers.
- The shopping complex follows the rule the higher the floor, the more expensive the store, so if you’re looking for bargains then stick to the basement areas.
- QVB offers free Wi-Fi throughout the complex.
- Elevators and disabled facilities make the center completely wheelchair and stroller accessible.
How to get there
The Queen Victoria Building takes up an entire city block that’s bound by George, Market, York, and Druitt streets. Town Hall Station is adjacent to the QVB on George Street, just over Druitt Street, or you can walk here from Circular Quay in around 10 minutes—just head south down George St.
When to get there
QVB opens from 9am-6pm Monday to Saturday, and between 11am-5pm on Sundays. During the holiday season, when a colossal Christmas Tree sits beneath the central dome, Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is at its most magical.
Afternoon Tea at QVB
The Queen Victoria Building offers visitors a wealth of dining opportunities, which range from Japanese yakitori (skewers) to wood-fired pizza. However, if you’re after something more traditional, opt for high tea at the Tea Room on the top floor of the complex. Beneath chandeliers, you’ll enjoy quintessentially English treats such as Earl Grey tea and a selection of finger sandwiches and sponges.
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