Visiting Brisbane to see The Wizard of Oz let us tell you about some of the yellow brick roads you might want to explore while you are here.
The capital city of the sunshine state has well and truly come into its own, developing some serious retail and lifestyle hot spots in and around the CBD to appease even the most seasoned fashionista.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your retail therapy fix with these 6 shopping hot spots.
Queen Street Mall, Brisbane CBD
Queen is what queen does, and the beating heart of Brisbane’s shopping scene is more than worthy of the ruling title.
The last few years have seen an explosive revival of the iconic CBD shopping mall, and there’s a bevvy of stores waiting to be discovered, from big brand names lining the main street to off-side gems like Wintergarden and Brisbane Arcade hiding boutique and home-grown goods.
Shop ’til you drop: For everything under one roof, try the Myer Centre, where you can end your day with a flick at Event Cinemas. For some added cardio, make tracks down the main strip where the likes of Zara, H&M, Uniqlo and Forever 21 will it make it feel like you’re perusing the racks on an overseas holiday.
If your budget allows, set your sights on Queens Plaza to drool over everything at Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.
James Street, Fortitude Valley
There’s a reason why James Street has earned a rep as one of the Brisbane’s most stylish shopping strips.
This is a place where serious shoppers go to work their credit cards, with a mix of high-fashion and lifestyle brands (both international and Australian) interspersed with some of the best cafes and restaurants in the city.
For more need-to-know about ‘The Valley’ precinct (aka where to brunch and down cocktails with killer city views), check out this guide.
Shop ’til you drop: Pop into Pottery Barn, St Barts and West Elm for interior-porn, Aussie labels Aje, Kookai, Sass and Bide, and Zimmermann for no-fail fashion buys, and Molten Store and Maryon’s Shoes for accessories (plus a stop at Bailey Nelson if you’re in need of new specs).
Then when you’re all kitted out, take a coffee break at Cantinho before grabbing a bite at Harveys Bar and Bistro.
Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley
It’s not hard to remember a time when the only things you’d find in a laneway in Brisbane were rubbish bins and the odd pigeon, but with niche bars and restaurants popping up in side streets all over the city, we are being spoilt for choice when it comes to hidden treasures slightly off the beaten track.
Winn Lane is one such gem – whether it’s coffee, books, or sartorial inspiration you’re searching for, there is much to be found in this little hideaway.
Shop ’til you drop: Check out Sunday Social for vintage threads, Babushka Ballerina for heartbreakingly beautiful bridal gowns, and The Outpost for quality menswear and trinkets.
When you need to regain your energy after all that perusin’, try Ben’s Burgers or No.5 Cafe, or fill up on sweet tunes at The Zoo, one of Brisbane’s most long standing live music venues.
Emporium, Fortitude Valley
The Valley strikes again in the retail-sphere, this time at the lust-worthy Emporium. A little world unto itself, this luxury precinct is filled with high-end shops galore not to mention top-notch dining.
Our recommendation? Stretch out your visit with a stay in one of the stylishly appointed studio suites at the Emporium Hotel.
Shop ’til you drop: Visit BIFFI for European-inspired designer fashion, Margot McKinney for jewels, Cheeky Bambino for little ones, Cudara for hand-made leather goods, and Jack Mitchell for beautiful gifts and homewares.
When it comes to dining, take your worldly pick from the French delights at Belle Époque Patisserie to Japanese favourites at Saiko Teppanyaki and Gyoza Bar ANN.
Latrobe Terrace, Paddington
Head out of the city (just a tad) to Paddington, and you’ll find a treasure trove of stores lining the streets of bustling Latrobe Terrace. With cafes galore, fashion boutiques, and homewares stores, it’s not hard to see why it’s so popular with Westsiders.
Shop til you drop: Enter vintage heaven at the Paddington Antique Centre inside the heritage-listed Plaza Theatre, where you’ll find all the charms of yesteryear from collectable costumes and antique Australian pottery to retro clothing and accessories.
For homely treats, try Sheets on the Line and Blake & Taylor, topped off with something bright and quirky from the Happiness Place.
If a fancy frock is your target, try Petrol Boutique, Sacha Drake and the Little Black Dress Shop (spoiler: they stock so much more than just your classic LBDs) with accessories from Louenhide and the Green Tangerine.
Alternatively, keep the vintage theme going with a squiz of the exclusive-printed frocks of Maiocchi and retro attire at Ra Ra Superstar, then once the hard work is done, treat yourself to a cocktail (or two) at Kettle & Tin.
Oxford Street, Bulimba
Right in the heart of Bulimba, on Brisbane’s East side, Oxford Street is guaranteed to satisfy your retail (and hangry) cravings.
Offering an eclectic mix of stores, cafes, and a beautiful park in the middle (a hot spot for picnicking just FYI), Oxford Street is perfect for a weekend sojourn away from the CBD.
Shop til’ you drop: Visit Side Street Boutique and House on Oxford for a hefty dose of fashion inspo, My First Room for super cute children’s interiors, Green Grass Home and Body for unique gift ideas, before rounding off at Riverbend Books for coffee and a read.
Finally after all that shopping, no doubt you have worked up an appetite, unwind in the alfresco restaurants and bars at South Bank and Eagle Street Pier or eat your way around the world at the Hamilton Eat Street Markets.
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