Life and Style

By Linsey Rendell

From street markets and independent boutiques to fashionable malls, here’s our locals’ guide to shopping in Parramatta.

Start your shopping adventures in the CBD on a Friday morning when the Parramatta Farmers Market rolls into Centenary Square. This weekly market is lush with bountiful fresh produce. BYO reusable cup to enjoy your morning latte and don’t forget to bring bags to take away all your fresh goodies. 

A short stroll away is The Bower. This environmental charity breathes new life into secondhand items. Inside this collection of recycled goodness, you’ll find furniture, appliances, homewares, building materials, bicycles, secondhand books and more. The Bower is passionately committed to reducing landfill, which is why it also hosts regular Repair Cafés, where people can bring in items in need of a bit of love and the team will teach you how to fix them for free. You can even partake in one of the workshops on basic carpentry, upholstery or home DIY. 

Next, step the retail therapy up a notch at Westfield Parramatta. There’s something for everyone inside this vast shopping centre. Be inspired to sew your own creation at My Hung, the fabric store with beautiful haberdashery items for clothing, costumes and evening wear. Looking for flowers? Dot’s Flower Shoppe stocks a glorious range of fresh blooms in the heart of the city. 

Step outside the CBD to explore Harris Park’s boutique shops. This thriving multicultural precinct has a dynamic ‘Little India’ vibe. Vibrant colour meets intricate weaving and hand embroidery on the many beautiful sari and salwar kameez at The Saree Shop and New Maharaja Fashion & Beauty. Pick up a recycled fashion piece at Good As New Clothing in Epping. If your shopping adventures happen to fall on the first Saturday of the month, be sure to carve out some time for a jaunt to Ermington, where the Market by the River brings together an evolving consortium of interesting producers, growers, bakers, artists, and providores. 
 

  • The Bower  - Shop 1, 10 Hunter Street, Parramatta 2150
  • My Hung - 278 Church Street, Parramatta 2150
  • Dot’s Flower Shoppe - 249 Church Street, Parramatta 2150
  • The Saree Shop - 42 Station Street East, Harris Park 2150
  • New Maharaja Fashion & Beauty - Suite 1, 2 Kendall Street, Harris Park 2150
  • Good As New Clothing - Shop 5 & 6, 28 High Street, Epping 2121