Australia has some of the world’s best shopping, from hand-made arts and crafts to discount fashions and stylish boutiques. If you are looking for the latest creations from the world’s top designers or one-off masterpieces, there are a few select shopping areas you need to know about.
Here are our top 5 shopping experiences in Australia:
Sydney’s most popular shopping precinct in undoubtedly centred around vibrant Pitt Street in the CBD, complete with subways and walkways linking the various shops and arcades. The best place to find designer boutiques and the latest European fashions is the Queen Victoria Building. This historic building was built specifically to house the classier boutiques and has kept its fine reputation over the years.
The Strand Arcade is also worthwhile visiting, with many of Australia’s best designers having boutiques here. Outside of the CBD, Double Bay and Mosman (on Sydney’s North Shore) are also known for their exclusive boutiques.
Melbourne is often considered the place to be for the best of the best – the finest designer fashions, the finest dining and the finest art, music and culture. It’s no surprise then that there are several places in Melbourne where you can be assured of finding the latest designer outfits and accessories.
If you want to combine your shopping experience with a touch of celebrity spotting, make sure you visit the designer label boutiques along Toorak Road. Nearby Chapel Street is known as the place to be for up-and-coming Australian Outlook India designers, although you can also find many of the younger labels at Melbourne Central, a stylish arcade on the corner of Swanston and LaTrobe Streets. You will discover exclusive one-off boutiques and delightful cafés along bustling Flinders Street and in The Walk Arcade in Bourke Street.
The majestic Block Arcade is a magnificent Victorian building in Collins Street where you will find the very best in glassware, leatherwear and upmarket clothing.
To experience the best shopping in Brisbane you should begin in the Queen Street Mall in the very heart of Brisbane’s CBD. The best shopping can be found in the various arcades that branch off the Queen Street Mall. Head to the bottom end of the mall, away from the casino, to the Wintergarden where you can discover the upmarket boutiques with labels such as Midas, Mambo, Guess, GANT, JAG, Liz Davenport, Carla Zampatti, Liz Ho, Tony Barlow, Kookai and many other exclusive stores. For the best shoes, visit the nearby Broadway and head to Mollini.
Another of Brisbane’s most prestigious arcades is the Brisbane Arcade, home to designers such as Kerri Craig, BORA and Maggie Sheppard. Meanwhile Hunt Leater and MARCS designs can be found in the Tattersalls Arcade. Queens Plaza is where you can discover treasures such as Tiffany’s, Louis Vuitton, Mecca, JigSaw, David Lawrence, Saba, Max Mara and many more stylish designer boutiques.
If you are shopping for classy, high quality items in Perth then The Colannade, in trendy Subiaco, is the place for you. Often referred to as Perth’s Centre of Style, The Colonnade is a chic retail complex that combines the best of the best – the best fashions, food, health and beauty. Here you can indulge in gorgeous clothing from designers such as Versace or Morrissey, along with accessories from Gucci and Moschino. In addition to the best shopping, relax and be pampered at Day Spa at Belen or one of two top hairstylists – Be Ba Bo or Ambyance.
For the best shopping in Adelaide, head to Unley Road. This is one of the more upmarket shopping precincts in Adelaide where shoppers can delight in a range of high quality goods, from the latest fashions to precious antiques, modern galleries and gourmet delicacies.
The exclusive boutiques of Unley Street mingle with funky cafés and fine dining alike, and are framed by heritage listed buildings and magnificent mansions. You can be sure of finding well-tailored items for your next business function or outfits that are perfect for staying at a five star resort.
For the best in exquisite European antiques, Magill Road in Norwood and Maylands is the place to be while Melbourne Street in North Adelaide is home to many Australian fashion designers’ stores.
Whether you live in one of these cities or are visiting as part of a luxury Australian holiday, if you like shopping for quality then you’ll like each of these top 5 shopping experiences in Australia.