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Brisbane’s shopping scene may not be as famous or robust as Sydney’s or Melbourne’s, but Forbes Travel Guide editors think fashionistas will likely be more than satisfied with the retail therapy options in the Queensland capital. Queen Street Mall in the heart of the city boasts more than 500 specialty stores, including a mix of chains and boutiques. If you’re looking for more unique pieces, head to the Elizabeth Arcade on Elizabeth Street in the city, or to the trendy suburbs Fortitude Valley and New Farm to browse the wares of up-and-coming designers. Love markets? The South Bank Lifestyle Market is held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and boasts arts, crafts, fresh produce and live music. On the first Sunday of the month, keep an eye out for the South Bank Young Designers Market, the place to go for fashion, accessories, jewellery and homewares.
Shopping in Brisbane just keeps getting better with a host of high-end international stores opening branches in Brisbane’s CBD. Check out the shopping in Queens Plaza, the newly refurbished Wintergarten, and stroll down Edward Street for all the latest fashions and names including Canturi, Gucci, Hermès and Louis Vuitton.
For more local flavour, try James Street in inner city Fortitude Valley where local and national designers including Sass & Bide, Camilla, Dirtbox and Zimmermann have set up shop creating a fashion bonanza.
Walk the length of Latrobe Terrace in Paddington to find quirky pieces or Racecourse Road, Ascot to discover more local shops filled with the latest fashions.
Markets are a great way to pick up local bargains and there’s plenty of fashion at the South Bank Lifestyle Markets held from Friday to Sunday or the Young Designers Market which is held on the first Sunday of every month in South Bank.