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15 Best Shopping Places in Australia: What to and where to shop during your Australia trip

By Farheen - April 15, 2020
Australia shopping,Australia travel

Love to shop? Australia is a shopper’s paradise starting from all the famous international brands, local boutiques for gifts and souvenirs such as Australian pearls, boomerangs etc. to markets where you can purchase aboriginal artifacts and antiques, the exotic country provides a myriad of shopping options with each city having its own markets and unique shopping experiences to consider that you might even get confused about where to shop and what to buy. We are making shopping in Australia simple with the following list. Make sure to hit these spots for an unforgettable shopping spree.

Best places to shop in Sydney

Sydney is the largest city and is known as the mecca for fashion lovers where you can always spot the latest trends. Shopping in Sydney has endless options, the most famous being as follows:

  • Queen Victoria building: for fashion lovers.
  • Pitt Street mall: for local boutique stores.
  • The Rocks: for traditional handicrafts.

1. Queen Victoria building

Queen Victoria Building, Sydney

Queen Victoria building is a high-end shopping destination with 4 floors of the most loved fashion brands. It is located on George Street and has more than 180 outlets of fashion and food choices. Its 19th-century architecture is also a treat to the eyes. Fashionistas consider this one of the best places for shopping in Australia.

Things to buy: Fashion clothing, jewellery, homeware and fashion accessories.
Timings to visit: 9 am to 9 pm
Location: 455 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

2. Pitt Street Mall

Pit Street Mall, Sydney

Pitt Street is a pedestrianized shopping street that is home to many popular chain stores including international brands such as H&M, Topshop and Gap, as well as popular domestic stores such as Country Road, Sportsgirls and Sheike.

Things to buy: Clothing, watches, cosmetics, footwear and bakery items.
Timings to visit: 9 am to 8 pm
Location: 182 Pitt St, Sydney NSW

3. The Rocks

The Rocks, Sydney

This open-air waterfront market is located right next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a number of street stalls and eateries. You can find all this traditionally made here. It’s the perfect place to shop for aboriginal antiques and handicrafts to remind you of Australia when you get back home from your vacation. Please note that this is only open on the weekends.

Things to buy: Souvenirs, caps, shoes, bags, and traditional jewellery
Timings to visit: 9 am – 3 pm on Fridays and 10 am -5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Location: Sydney Central Business District

Best places to shop in Melbourne

Melbourne is Australia’s capital city for shopping. Find out why what makes this city stand out in terms of shopping in Australia with the list below:

Emporium: For luxury shopping
Block Arcade: For shoes and chocolates
Queen Victoria’s Market: For street fashion

1. Emporium

Emporium, Melbourne

Melbourne Emporium opened up only 2 years back, but it is already a popular mall with its quirky interiors and over 220 retail shops for all high range and mid-range shoppers. International brands such as Armani Exchange, H&M, Lacoste and Calvin Klein are some of the outlets in this seven-story mall. It also has the largest collection of Australian designer stores here.

Things to buy: high-end fashion, gadgets, footwear, makeup
Timings to visit: 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC
Location: 10 am – 9 pm

2. Block Arcade

Block Arcade, Melbourne

Located in this heart of the city, this arcade is listed as one of the heritage sites in Australia. It boasts beautiful Victorian Era architecture and has got to be one of the prettiest shopping malls there. Home to some of the best native tailors, jewellers, art dealers and spice merchants. It also has an array of bakeries and some of the best chocolates you can indulge in. You can also try out some of their famous tea room experiences here.

Things to buy: shoes, bakery items, art items
Timings to visit: 8 am – 6 pm
Location: 82 Collins St, Block Arcade Studios, Melbourne VIC

3. Queen Victoria’s Market

Queen Victoria’s Market, Melbourne

Markets are highly popular in Australia. The largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere is Queen Victoria Market which has been operating since 1878. It is a great place to spend time as its a unique farmers market. You get some of the best produce here as well as clothing and accessories made by locals.

Things to buy: fresh food, bakery items, accessories
Timings to visit: 6 am – 3 pm and open 24 hours on Sundays
Location: Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Best places to shop in Brisbane

Brisbane is a popular shopping destination in Australia lately due to its multiple flagship shops, upmarket stores and international franchises. Find out below what to and where to shop in Brisbane:

  • Queen Street Mall: For one-stop shopping
  • Brisbane Arcade: For jewellery purchasing
  • Edward Street: For luxury labels

1. Queen Street Mall

Queen Street Mall, Brisbane

Four department centres, The Myer Centre, Wintergarden, Queen’s Plaza and MacArthur Central make up Queen Street Mall which is a pedestrianized street making it a one-stop destination for all of your shopping needs. Here you’ll find big brands and designer fashions like Dior, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Zara and many more.

Things to buy: high-end fashion, gadgets, footwear, makeup
Timings to visit: Open 24 hours
Location: Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

2. Brisbane Arcade

Brisbane Arcade, Brisbane

Check out some of the top boutiques and jewellery store at this heritage-listed shopping arcade. It is similar to the Melbourne arcade and boasts of beautiful architecture. It is one of the prettier shopping places in Brisbane.

Things to buy: cosmetics, jewellery, clothes
Timings to visit: 9 am to 5 pm
Location:160 Queen St, Brisbane City QLD

3. Edward Street

Edward Street, Brisbane

Highly sophisticated shoppers will absolutely love this area as it is home to all high-end brands. Find high fashion men’s and women’s brands such as Mitchell Ogilvie, Hugo Boss, The Cloakroom, Canali, Gucci, Chanel, Longchamp, Max Mara. Even high-end cosmetic brands can be found here especially the cult brand Issada.

Things to buy: cosmetics, clothing
Timings to visit: 9 am to 6 pm
Location: Edward St, Brisbane City QLD

Best places to shop in Adelaide

Adelaide is not known for its shopping scene but it may surprise you with the number of options it offers. Shop till you drop in Adelaide with the following list:

  • Rundle Mall: South Australia’s shopper’s paradise
  • King William Road: For local brands
  • Adelaide Central Market: For food and only food

1. Rundle Mall

Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Rundle Mall was opened as the country’s first pedestrian street mall in 1976 and now has more than 700 retail stores. As the state’s first premier mall, Rundle mall is home to a number of flagship outlets such as David Jones and Myers.

Things to buy: cosmetics, clothing, homeware and electronic gadgets
Timings to visit: 9 am to 5 pm
Location: Adelaide SA 5000

2. King William Road

King William Road, Adelaide

Located along the city’s only tram line, King William Rd is south of the CBD and known for clothes by local designers and international labels, accessories, jewellery and other speciality items. It also has an array of coffee shops and cafes to try out while you’re shopping your heart out.

Things to buy: jewellery, clothing,
Timings to visit: 9 am to 6 pm
Location: King William Road Adelaide SA 5000

2. Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market

Who said shopping has to be only for fashion? Head on to one of South Australia’s biggest market and find yourself gourmet bread, coffee, farm-fresh produce, top-quality beef, pork, poultry or seafood, cheeses and bakery items. You can even drive through and pick up your products from here. It also has numerous popular cafes and eateries to try out.

Things to buy: fresh produce, meat, bakery items
Timings to visit: 7 am to 5:30 pm
Location: 44-60 Gouger St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Best places to shop in Perth:

Western Australia’s Perth city can offer you major retail therapy. Hit all the shopping spots listed below :

  • Fremantle Market: For weekend shopping
  • Westfield Carousel Shopping Centre: For shopping and entertainment
  • London Court: For stationery

1. Fremantle Market

Fremantle Market, Perth

Open from Friday – Sunday in the historic port city of Fremantle, the market is a perfect place to buy souvenirs and gifts. Youll find plenty of delicious food stalls, live performances, retail outlets plus seaside to keep you entertained.

Things to buy: souvenirs, arts crafts, jewellery
Timings to visit: 9 am to 8 pm
Location: South Terrace &, Henderson St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

2. Westfield Carousel Shopping Centre

Westfield Carousel Shopping Centre, Perth

Westfield is Perth’s biggest mall which is located in Cannington which is south of Perth. It is easily accessible through public transport and it is the city’s go-to hub for shopping or to hang out with friends. Besides all major retail outlets, it also has a cinema theatre and a food court with a lot of affordable dining.

Things to buy: clothing, homeware, gadgets, beauty products
Timings to visit: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Location: 1382 Albany Hwy, Cannington WA 6107, Australia

3. London Court

London Court

London court is a retail walkway between Hay Street Mall and St. Georges terrace. Its heritage architecture makes you feel like you’re in another era altogether. Enjoy its Elizabethan charm while you shop.

Things to buy: books, stationery, souvenirs
Timings to visit: 5 am to 9 pm
Location: 647 Hay St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Shopping in Australia can be a shopaholic’s haven. You can shop from an array of options starting from fresh produce to jewellery, designer fashion, furniture and antiques. This post gives you the right information as to shop so you can be the right place to suit your shopping needs. Australia is the ideal place to enjoy the best shopping deals. Book your Australia trip as soon as possible and enjoy shopping to your heart’s content.

Also, find below some things to keep in mind before you sample out Australia’s shopping scene.

  1. Always wear sunscreen.
    Australian summers might let you feel like you’re in a grill box with its scorching hot sun. Always wear sunscreen especially since you’re gonna be outdoors most of the time and since most markets are open-air markets.
  2. Stay hydrated.
    Always remember to carry a water bottle with yourself since the weather is usually on the humid side, so better to always stay hydrated.
  3. You can claim GST through the tourist refund scheme under certain conditions.
    Claim a refund for the GST paid on items if you have shopped for more than AUD$300 or more with a single business, not more than 60 days before departing Australia. GST in Australia is 10 percent.
  4. You can use your credit card in Australia.
    American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, UnionPay and JCB are accepted in Australia.
  5. You can easily exchange currency in Australia.
    Currency exchange is available at banks, hotels and airports.

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