Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksArchitectural BuildingsShopping Malls
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is a five-level shopping centre occupying an entire block of George Street in the heart of Sydney's CBD. The historical building is Sydney's most iconic and prestigious shopping destination, attracting millions of local and international visitors each year. Home to leading Australian and international designers, the shopping centre houses over 140 fashion boutiques, jewellery shops, specialty stores, cafes and restaurants. Opened in 1898, the QVB is rich in history and architectural splendour, displaying elaborate Romanesque architectural features, glorious stained glass windows, and magnificent light filled atriums. The dominant feature is the mighty centre dome, which during the Christmas shopping season, is occupied by a giant Christmas tree, a must see for any visitor.
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
How to get there
  • Town Hall • 4 min walk
  • St James • 7 min walk
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  • Rachel W
    Australia214 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Building
    We recently visited the Queen Victoria Building in the Sydney CBD. There is a lift available and we enjoyed a visit to Hobbyco in particular which had a wide variety of items. The Light Rail has a stop just outside the QVB making it a convenient place to visit. Beautiful building and worth a look!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Johnstanno
    Singapore, Singapore473 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Iconic building in the CBD
    Reachable by Light rail, the whole QVB, both interior and architecture, are so beautiful. We did not patronise any of the shops as mostly high-end shops and cafes but we did enjoy taking some photos in QVB. Worth to spend about 30 mins of your itinerary here.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
  • centralvic
    Ballarat, Australia1,226 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Classic building.
    Like often mentioned, even if you're not there for the high-end shopping, the experience is memorable. The whole building is stunning to see, well worth the visit. Town Hall Station is accessible from the lower floor, so it's easy to get to as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Kaitlyn G
    Mount Gambier, Australia122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful building with lots of shopping
    Had to check out this beautiful iconic building , plenty of shops though I be sure to bring your credit card. We window shopped but it was beautiful and the information staff was lovely. Parents room is on the last level and security has to let you in (seems common in Sydney) and was well equipped.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Travelove58
    15,313 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful colonial styled architecture outside but....
    The European colonial styled ( as the name implied) external & internal architectures are very beautiful. However once inside, it is really no different from any modern shopping malls. Lots of high end shops ( retail & dining) on main ground floor & mix of normal range shops on other floors. But worth a visit just for the architecture.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Hugh
    Gold Coast, Australia26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Building and Architecture
    Beautiful building and architecture seemingly lost in the hustle and bustle found inside, though there appears to be a huge variety of busy shops keeping the building alive! Worth a visit to admire the building and enjoy the varied shops. Recommended 8/10
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Mallo_Pahanen
    Helsinki, Finland834 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely atmosphere
    Here you can really feel the age and atmosphere of the house. The floors seem to be slanted and the shapes in general are beautiful in many places. Nice house and great how it has been preserved. Lots of shops and the house is like a long tube. For once there is no fear of getting lost.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Teacake_Taster
    Chesterfield, United Kingdom1,143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice
    Poles apart from the Victoria market at Melbourne. Swish collection of all sorts of shops in a historical galleried building. Expensive. Go into the basement under George Street and there are loads of cafes and takeaways and another mall over the road.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 17, 2023
  • CodyDC
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,573 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice historical building and arcade. I'm glad it was never demolished
    First time visit to Sydney must include stop to the QVB. The building is also near the Town Hall. The building arcade is pretty cool and interesting features. It was all decorated for Christmas.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Connie A
    West Fargo, North Dakota102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this amazing building! The inside is well worth the trip!
    We almost skipped this building as we thought 'it's just another old building'. Boy, were we wrong! The outside architecture is beautiful but the inside is spectacular! This building has been wonderfully maintained to preserve historical perspective. Of course, there are many fun shops and coffee shops/restaurants.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 10, 2024
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CharmaineCregan
Sydney, Australia202 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I love the QVB and go there often for a coffee and walk around. I dont buy much from the other retailers as they are very expensive, I beleive their high prices are due to their rent being so high. The restaurant upstairs has a devine menu and the food is out of this world, however it is highly priced BUT why not - the serve is SILVER SERVICE and definitely worth it and the staff know their products extremely well. Top Place if you can afford it!
Written January 5, 2020
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scooby1298
Cardiff, UK164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
What a stunning building, the architecture is wonderful with carvings in the stonework and so tastefully modernised to house a selection of retail outlets. Yet retaining its 19th Century elegance. We were informed by our guide that at one point it was planned to demolish this manificent building and replace it with a 20-21st Century monstrosity. Thankfully public opinion went prevailed and a slice of Austrlian history has been retained for prosperity
Written March 2, 2020
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Judith R
Sydney, Australia55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
From the basement to the top floor the QVB is packed with interesting shops. If you are looking for a special souvenir of Sydney the top floor has some exquisite boutiques - clothing, glassware, jewellery and things that you don’t need but must have! There are a couple of cafes with good food as well as a pleasant ambiance. There’s a very lovely Ladies Room should you need it on the first floor. My favourite place is the tiny shop at the very end of the street level north (King Street) which sells the most delicious handmade chocolates. The huge suspended clock hanging in the atrium between floor is a wonder to behold and if you are there in the months preceding Christmas the decorations are well worth a look. QVB is a handy hub where you can get a bus to the Art Gallery (441 - every 30 minutes) or catch a train to Circular Quay, The Australian Museum (Museum Station is also at the edge of Hyde Park - walk through to the Botanical Gardens)
Written March 5, 2020
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S.Karunalai
Jamberoo, Australia9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The QVB is as eventful as ever, even when I was a kid going there during the holiday season and seeing the giant Christmas tree or also being able to hear some very talented musicians playing the piano. There are cafés and mini restaurants every wear and more shop at the bottom you can't say that it is not what you after. However, it does get rather heavy and hard to move around in midday and not so much in the afternoon.
Written January 7, 2020
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Star707
Sydney, Australia564 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This building has had several incarnations among which it has been a City Library and a Car Park. Then A visionary Malaysian Developer decided to rescue it and turn it into one of the reference nodes in the CBD.

Now a Shopping Mall, this building has 4 levels, beginning with below ground, and going upwards until you reach the ultimate floor. Interestingly, although each level tends to favour a particular specialty: fashion; coffee shops; beauty, it is in fact totally mixed. Then in the basement you will find a very popular Thai Restaurant. On the top level, very popular coffee shops.

QVB has become a favourite meeting place because of its almost universal accessibility. From here can begin: forays to Darling Harbour; excursions deeper into the CBD; rest stops in Hyde Park; short cuts across the Park to The Art Gallery of NSW, or the Museum of Natural History.

Easy to access by train via Town Hall Station; by bus via a number of routes that terminate on the York Street side of the building; by Tram from Circular Quay, Randwick, and Central Station;by foot by underground walkways from all around the city shopping complexes.

The building itself is very photogenic, both internally and externally.
The Public Toilets are well maintained.
Written February 19, 2020
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caribbeanoldies
Shipston on Stour, UK150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We wanted to see this and were not disappointed. It's most unusual and back here in the UK, I can't think of too many 'shopping malls' that you'd really want to go and see, but this is one. The facade is intreresting and quite tempting but it's when you get inside that this place really works its magic. So quirky and original, you almost ignore the shops, not what the shopkeepers want I'm sure (and they were pretty busy when we were there) but there's just so much 'stuff'; to see. You can easily walk there from the centre of town but we were lazy and took the monorail, which had just re-opened that weekend. It has everything and you could easily spend a couple of hours there just wandering around, but there's bars and restaurants a-plenty too if you want to rewst up for a while, as well as some pretty up market shops. Well worth a look.
Written February 28, 2020
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RonWamberal
Sydney, Australia12,130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is special, make a beeline for this building on every trip, just love the architecture, integrity and style. Such architectural beauty, so much more class and style than the new modern glass and steel edifices now.
Although many see it as a retail hub, and true, there are so many stores but I rarely shop here - just love wandering through in awe of the history.
Written January 19, 2020
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MilkoHastings_UK
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK404 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is an attractive shopping mall both inside and out. It is packed with fairly small units offering high end goods. The internal decoration and clocks are attractive. Worth checking out even if you ( like me) don't want to spend any money.
Written April 22, 2020
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) was built 1893-1898 and is on the State heritage Register. It is a Romanesque Revival Building and is 98 feet wide and 620 feet long. It fills a whole city block. It has been restored as suffered decay and has five levels of shops and beautiful architecture. On level 2 is the Art of Dr Suess. There is also a statue of Islay Queen Victoria's dog outside the building. It is owned by Sydney City council.
Written April 25, 2021
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,762 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I wasn't interested in the shops or other facilities within the building, I just looked in awe at this magnificent structure built in the Romanesque Revival style over five levels. The detail on the facade is something to behold and admire, a large dome with cupola above and smaller domes on the roof, the beautiful external sculptures and the stained glass that was better appreciated from the interior. Shame that we did now know about the guided tours in advance of our visit, a tour has to be booked 48 hours in advance. My wife had happily browsed and waxed lyrical about the variety of shops, luckily, she had not used the credit card.
Written December 15, 2022
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