I've lived in Ryde for the past 20 years (since I was 5), about 3 minutes walking distance from this shopping centre (and the old version). This shopping centre is now massive, both in convenience and physical size.
Woolies, Franlins, Aldi, and the asian supermarket Xin Ren Ren all exist on the same floor in this place, so I now get all my groceries in the one shop. (I do miss Coles)
There is also a decent foodcourt, but on the level above there are a group of nice restaurants, some of which offer meals which are cheaper than foodcourt prices.
I'm not sure if I like the vibe which Top Ryde City now has. It is a huge shopping centre in what is not really a huge suburb. I actually liked how my local shopping centre did _not_ have higher end fashion stores or pretty much any franchise I could care to name off the top of my head (for some reason, there is no McDonalds here though :D).
If you want a shopping centre which wants to convince you that you've teleported to Sydney's cbd, complete with convenience and glisten and a good variety of many franchised businesses, then Top Ryde City can do a decent job.
If you're sentimental like me, you'll simply be happy that Golden Banana is still around.
Great new shopping centre with a great range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Parking is relatively easy (ask me again when I try to do my Christmas shopping this weekend). Event Cinemas have just opened too, which means that I don't need to bother with Macquarie Shopping Centre anymore. All it needs is a David Jones and an Aesop outlet and I won't even have to leave the suburb.