Brisbane Shopping Precincts
You don’t need to stay cooped up indoors if you’re in the mood to shop. Brisbane has a number of retail precincts you can explore while still getting your dose of vitamin D.
From Queensland’s largest selection of fashion and award-winning food and drink, to an extensive free entertainment program, The City offers a discovery in every direction.
There are over 1000 stores to choose from, including the state’s largest collection of flagship stores and unique boutiques. Discover the largest collection of Good Food Guide-awarded restaurants, cafes and bars in Queensland – there are hundreds of options from which to choose.
And you won’t find it hard to keep yourself entertained. There are over 1000 events each year, cinemas, a casino, parks, galleries, nightlife options and The City Sounds program for music lovers.
The Valley's James Street has become best known for its retail and lifestyle precinct. The ever-expanding lifestyle mecca is filled with cafes, bars and restaurants that blend seamlessly with art galleries, designer boutiques and the flagship stores of leading Australian and international fashion labels.
James Street Markets offer locals fresh seafood and produce. The precinct is also known for its furniture and homeware retailers, and interior design students can find inspiration from stores like Matt Blatt, Space Furniture and French and English.
Fortitude Valley is also home to Brisbane’s Chinatown Mall – a hub of commercial and cultural activity since it officially opened in 1987. Known for its Asian restaurants and lively music scene, shoppers won’t be disappointed with the shopping on offer in this precinct. There are also hidden laneways to discover, such as Winn Lane and Bakery Lane, full of boutique shops, cafés and restaurants.
The weekend markets and their myriad bric-a-brac are worth a browse, while serious shoppers should head over to the Ann St boutiques.
The rolling and leafy hills of Paddington, Rosalie and nearby Red Hill are speckled with quaint cottages turned into enticing shop fronts, restaurants that spill out onto the pavement, and a mixture of traditional tin and timber houses and renovated Queenslanders.
Browse for quirky keepsakes, vintage and designer fashion, antique and second-hand treasures, retro goodies, homeware and artwork for something a little different.
The Barracks is home to exclusive specialty shops and exotic restaurants, and is the perfect place to treat your tastebuds or pick up something one of a kind.
Those on the hunt for antiques and retro goods should make short trip south of the river to Woolloongabba. Home to the Woolloongabba Antique Centre – Brisbane's biggest collective of antique retailers – and other antique stores, the formerly industrial suburb has turned a new leaf.
The Gabba Fiveways precinct is filled with restaurants, cafes and retail stores – all spilling out onto the pavement, making the most of Brisbane's al-fresco climate.
The Woolloongabba area is also well-known for its breakfast cafe scene.