Where is the best shopping in Wellington?

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Jeff Fleisher

You’ll find that Wellington’s relatively small downtown and walking-friendly layout make it a great shopping destination. The city has several outdoor malls that are equally appealing to window shoppers or motivated buyers. Wellington has stores by top Southern Hemisphere fashion labels like David Walker, Ricochet, Rodd & Gunn, and Untouched World, as well as popular sportswear companies including Rip Curl, Amazon, and Canterbury of New Zealand. Many of those stores line the fashionable Lambton Quay, while within a few blocks' radius you’ll discover the legendary local department store Kirkcaldie & Stains, as well as shops selling distinctive local artwork and handcrafted jewelry. The eclectic Cuba Street area has an array of vintage shops, bookstores, and music vendors. On Sundays, the City Market at the Atrium Chaffers Dock Building offers cheeses, wine, fruit, and baked goods by local artisans.

Sharon Stephenson

Wellington wins the shopping trifecta: it's concentrated in a relatively small area, it's flat, and you'll get a great bang for your buck. All the hottest New Zealand and international and designers have a stake here, but if you're more a bustling market kind of gal/guy, then you're also in luck.

Perhaps the best place to start is the Golden Mile on Lambton Quay, where you can't go past the capital's legendary department store, Kirkcaldie & Stains, where a top-hatted doorman will usher you in but where you'll still be able to buy the latest fashion or cosmetics brands. As you wander further up Willis Street, you'll notice the shops getting a bit quirkier, until you arrive at the Cuba Quarter, the city's by-word for eclectic. You can spend hours browsing the array of vintage shops, bookstores and old school vinyl music shops. And when you need a break, check out one of the superb cafes.

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