From Circular Quay south as far as King Street is Sydney’s Central Business District, often referred to as the CBD, with Martin Place as its commercial nerve centre. A pedestrian mall stretching from George Street to Macquarie Street, lined with imposing banks and investment companies, Martin Place has its less serious moments at summer lunchtimes, when street performances are held at the little amphitheatre, and all year round, fruit and flower stalls add some colour. The eastern end of Martin Place emerges opposite the old civic buildings on lower Macquarie Street.

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