The media went on about Top Ryde Shopping Centre being the largest shopping centre in Australia at the time, so I hoped it would be jam packed full of different stores. In reality, the number of stores is quite limited. Even (pre refurbishment) Macquarie Centre had a larger variety of shops. Top Ryde Shopping Centre itself is massive. The atrium voids make it seem larger than it is however. It takes ages to walk from one end to the other, and there are franchise type stores scattered through the middle so that when you have a trolley it's hard to get past other trolleys or oncoming people shopping. Food shopping in general there is not so convenient, having to cart everything quite far distances and navigating the too narrow walkways.Shops like Golden Banana have a lot of produce but the shop itself has not been designed in scale with how much they're selling and the number of cashier points. It ends up being overly cramped and not enough space inread more
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,read more
Hi dandybell, I'm new-ish to the area and I love Golden Banana. Good to know that they've been around all these years!