Despite the rise of online shopping, there’s a stalwart of Brisbane retailers and shopping precincts that continue to go from strength to strength, supporting and stocking everything from local designers to luxury labels.
1. Blonde Venus
A Brisbane institute, Blonde Venus’ owner and buyer Thea Basiliou has led the charge for contemporary fashion in Brisbane for over 20 years. It's often the exclusive stockist for a well-curated collection of local, national and international designers from Karen Walker to Jacquemus (Paris).
2. James Street
If you like to shop and dine, catch a film or do a yoga class, James Street has something for everyone. Pick up a cookbook at Scrumptious Reads, fresh produce at The Standard Market Company, shop cutting edge fashions at Gail Sorronda, and grab arguably one of the best coffees in town at Jamie’s Espresso.
3. Queen Street Mall
Always abuzz, the Queen Street Mall offers major retailers amidst a flurry of live entertainers. It's a great place sit and people watch, grab a fresh juice from Oasis Juice Bar and soak up the sights and sounds of the city. Wintergarden, QueensPlaza and Myer Centre shopping precincts all connect to Queen Street Mall.
For the height of fashion, QueensPlaza has you covered. Boasting labels Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Tiffany & Co, Mimco, Calibre, Aesop, Gorman, Nespresso, Saba, Zimmerman and more, QP also houses David Jones department store and a food court with everything from dumplings to Mexican delights.
5. West End
Explore just off Boundary Street and you’ll find many a cute boutique store, each with a unique offering. Don’t miss Nook for unique gifts, homewares and accessories from carefully selected artisans. Happy Cabin stocks independent fashion designers on hand-built tree-trunk clothing racks; you’ll come for the fashions and stay for the woodland feel. Box Vintage has been purveying Brisbane’s best quality vintage for over a decade. If you’re looking for a one-off vintage or retro outfit, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Freshly refurbished, Wintergarden is now home to over 60 retailers, as well as some of the city’s best eateries and cafes. Looking for some fun? Hit up Strike Bowling. Looking for a unique gift? Dinosaur Designs. Wedding dress? The Babushka Boutique. Need a makeover? Mecca Maxima has you covered.
7. Latrobe Terrace
The winding inner-west suburb of Paddington is well known for its boutique offerings, from luxe homewares stores and designer boutiques to antique barns and quirky speciality shops. You can wander along Latrobe for as long as your arms can carry your shopping bags! Stop off for coffee at one of the many fine cafes to renew your shopping chi.
8. Oxford Street
Everyone’s favourite little village in riverside Bulimba keeps on growing. A mix of local designer wares, unique homewares, book shop, a gift store for kids, and Issada cosmetics call Bulimba's Oxford Street home. Don’t miss the Oxford Street Bakery for a great snack. Catch a film at the iconic Balmoral Cineplex after your shopping trip.
9. Indooroopilly Shopping Centre
The newly revamped Indooroopilly Shopping Centre is now considered a world class facility. Home to Australia’s first Armani Collezioni boutique, along with a host of other coveted fashion stores, it's also home to a new gourmet food precinct with a host of new restaurants.
Just a stone’s throw from James Street, you’ll find the more luxury shopping and dining at Emporium. Shop for boutique fashions and eyewear; uncover bespoke jewellery from a range of trusted jewellers; and find luxury shoes and accessories at Maryon’s Philosophy. Top it all off with a French pastry from Belle Époque Patisserie.