Playfair Street

The heart and soul of The Rocks, Playfair Street is the place to be, particularly on the weekends. There’s corn-on-the-cob, wandering street performers, endless live entertainment, and a fantastic vibe from the crowd that is constantly on the move.

Find a seat in Rocks Square and soak it all up. Not far away is Argyle Stores, a converted warehouse that now houses a collection of open-plan shops specialising in beautiful and unusual clothes. The main entrance to the stores is on Argyle Street, by way of Mary Reibey’s old bond stores.

As you pass through the arched gateway, spare a thought for this remarkable woman who arrived in Australia in 1792 at the age of 14 and is today remembered as one of the most successful businesswomen in the colony of New South Wales. Her portrait appears on the 20-dollar note.

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