The Strand Arcade
Australia’s cities have a certain charm about their buildings – particularly the Victorian Buildings that have been so well-preserved, restored, and renovated so that they remain in use today, as a range of modern brands take over shop-fronts that were designed in a previous era. In the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District lies the Strand Arcade – a Victorian Arcade which is a popular shopping destination. Its Victorian charm particularly comes to life around Christmas, when its halls are decked with holly and Christmas lights – leaving one with a feeling that this might even be a scene from the era of a Charles Dickens’ novel.
The strand arcade was built in 1891 and opened to the public the following year. It was originally known as the City Arcade (and sometimes as “Arcade Street”) and is named after the more famous street in London. Over decades of use, it had become run down until it was restored. After a fire broke out during the restoration process which destroyed part of the arcade, it reopened in its original grandeur in 1977.