As one of the major commercial and retail districts on Sydney’s North Shore, it’s no surprise that Chatswood can be described as a city away from the city, with towering office blocks and apartments visible from almost anywhere in the area. There may be plenty of professionals here, but the area’s main drawcards will no doubt appeal to everybody. The suburb has Chatswood Chase and Westfield Chatswood, two large shopping centres with hundreds of speciality stores. Chatswood Chase is focused on upmarket and fashion stores, with a David Jones, Apple Retail Store and many Australian and international designer boutiques to browse. For a day out the whole family will enjoy, Westfield Chatswood has plenty that will appeal, including Myer, Toys ‘R’ Us, youth fashion and a Hoyts Cinema complex. Still in need of retail therapy? Smaller shopping centres such as Lemon Grove and Mandarin Centre will sate your appetite.
If you’d rather swap indoor shopping for sunshine and fresh air, Victoria Avenue is perfect for you. A pedestrian mall lined with trees and stores showcasing popular brands, it comes to life every Thursday and Friday when the Melody Markets are held. Pop by the markets and you can expect live entertainment from local community groups, fashion and craft stalls and food from all corners of the globe. If you miss the markets, don’t fret – Chatwood has plenty of great Chinese, Japanese and Korean eateries throughout the suburb. Chatswood also celebrates its multiculturalism during the Willoughby Spring Festival, held in September every year. During this time, expect to see ladies dressed in traditional Chinese outfits, street performers, art displays and even a float parade.
It’s easy to get to Chatswood, with many bus services leading to and from nearby areas such as Bondi, Manly, Ryde and the Sydney CBD. If that doesn’t seal the deal, nothing will! Book from our range of Chatswood accommodation below and get ready to shop ‘til you drop.
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Hotels in Chatswood start at AU$120 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.