Brisbane’s fashion scene has emerged as one of the country’s finest, with upmarket boutiques, flagship stores and international franchises in the city on offer in the vibrant inner suburban precincts of Paddington, Fortitude Valley and James Street. South Bank is home to regular designer and artisan markets for those seeking original home wares, art, clothing and accessories, while nearby Woolloongabba boasts a vast array of antiques and vintage fashion.
There's definitely plenty of selection, which is why we've narrowed it down. Here's the top 10 places to shop next time you're in Brissy:
1. Queen Street Mall And City Centre
This central pedestrian mall is home to a mix of local, national and international labels and flagship stores. Queen Street Mall is the gateway to the shopping complexes including the Myer Centre, Wintergarden, arcades, a smattering of popular retail franchises including Zara, Uniqlo, H&M and Forever21, and the high end Queens Plaza featuring Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and David Jones.
2. Edward Street
Head to this sophisticated shopping strip for the best high-end brands available in Queensland. The street offers an array of men’s fashion stores including Mitchell Ogilvie, Hugo Boss, The Cloakroom, Canali and Anthony Squires, while the exclusive women’s fashion brands include Gucci, Chanel, Longchamp, Max Mara and Oroton. It’s also home to the cult make-up brand Issada.
3. James Street, Fortitude Valley
This cultural and lifestyle hub scatters high street fashion stores amongst trendy cafes, bars, the Palace Cinemas and restaurants. Find Sass & Bide, Lorna Jane, Camilla, Calexico, Nudie Jeans and Samantha Ogilvie alongside lifestyle and design names such as Bang & Olufsen, St Barts and Molten Store. There is also a range of jewellery, handbag and designer furniture boutiques.
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Those seeking vintage fashion, antiques and elegant homewares should head to this leafy, inner-city suburb. Along a two kilometre stretch of Given Terrace you’ll find The Little Black Dress Shop, Petrol Boutique, Sacha Drake and Boudoir Chic for clothing. If you're looking for jewellery, gifts, art, homewares and accessories, there's Red Works, Olive Home, The Happiness Place and Green Tangerine. There are also niche boutiques including Louenhide, which offers quality bags, accessories and fashion pieces as well as du Monde, which features French-inspired lighting, table linen and homewares. (visitbrisbane.com.au)
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5. Brisbane Arcade
This heritage-listed arcade off the Queen Street Mall was built in 1923 and features an ornate decor that reflects the era, with terrazzo floors, dado panelling and leadlight detail. The stores are a mix of exclusive jewellers, bridal couture, fashion brands and boutique shops, including The Penne Shop, Bora, Keri Craig Emporium and Maiocchi, spread over three decorative levels with a street frontage off Adelaide Street.
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6. Boundary Street, West End
With an urban and edgy vibe, Boundary Street in Brisbane’s West End caters to those seeking alternative clothing or vintage pieces rather than mainstream brands. West End has an eclectic mix of cultures, restaurants, bars and architecture, along with lively music and brunch scenes. Plan to spend a morning winding in and out of coffee houses and small boutiques.
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7. The Collective Markets, South Bank
These eco-driven markets pop up on Friday nights and continue all weekend under the sun and stars. Fashion, jewellery, gifts, accessories, leather goods, toys, furniture and vintage pieces can be found within the many stalls winding around Stanley Street Plaza, with a backdrop of the Brisbane River and Wheel of Brisbane to add ambience.
8. Fortitude Valley And Emporium
Grungy, alternative fashion blends with high end Australian and international brands in ‘the Valley’, (as it’s affectionately called by locals). The luxury retail and dining precinct at Emporium includes stores such as Italian shoe specialist Aya Maria, bespoke eyewear store Eye Candy Emporium and fashion houses Tengdahl and Toscani, while the streets and laneways of the Valley contain Akira, Babushka Ballerina, Dragonberry and Nana Judy among others.
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Vintage dresses, antique and retro furniture, jewellery, homewares and ornaments can be found in Woolloongabba. Known for the ‘Gabba’ stadium and its eclectic brunch-oriented cafes, this inner-city suburb is also the home of Woolloongabba Antique Centre – a vast, air conditioned warehouse that houses various antique and vintage stalls, as well as a 50s-style milk bar selling coffee and treats. Nearby, you’ll also find Urban Antiques, Absolutely Fabulous, Harringtons and Michael Allen Antiques.
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Under one vast roof, DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) at Brisbane Airport features an array of high end and mid-level fashion stores, shoes and accessories, leather goods, luggage and electronics available at (often) a huge discount. Within this vast complex, which is open daily, there’s Bardot, Cue, Esprit, French Connection, Seed, Country Road, Tommy Hilfiger and Witchery alongside boutiques such as Mimco, Lorna Jane, Fossil, Oroton Factory, Bright Eyes Sunglasses and Bed, Bath n' Table among others.