City staycation: for the shopaholic
Shop ‘til you drop in Brisbane City knowing everything you need is within easy pavement-pounding distance. Hundreds of retailers spanning international luxury brands to local labels sit alongside unique retail experiences that connect you with craftspeople and designers while accommodation and dining options ensure you’re never far from the shopping action.
Where to stay
Hit the ground running as soon as traders open their doors by staying in the heart of the City’s shopping district at Hilton Brisbane. Located above the Wintergarden shopping precinct and opening on to Queen Street Mall, Hilton Brisbane is also a credit card-toss from QueensPlaza, the Myer Centre, Macarthur Central and the hundreds of nearby arcades and boutiques. You can shop hard knowing a comfortable bed, soothing hot shower and heated outdoor pool are only a stroll away. Fuel up for a big day of retail therapy with a choice of an a la carte breakfast or a bountiful buffet, complete with eggs made to order and freshly baked pastries and breads, at Vintaged Bar + Grill.
Where to play
Paspaley is a global producer of cultured pearls, honing their superior quality over 50 years of careful cultivation. Each Paspaley pearl is assessed according to The Five Virtues of lustre, complexion, shape, size and colour before it is incorporated into a stunning piece of jewellery. Learn more about these precious pieces during a Paspaley Pearl Experience at its Brisbane boutique. Hear from the experts and enjoy an interactive insight into how the pearls are cultured and graded and the qualities that make Paspaley pearls the rarest and most valuable in the world before browsing the boutique’s range of unique jewellery.
Where to eat
Celebrate your bargain-hunting skills with a rewarding dinner at Madame Wu, an exciting and elegant restaurant with views of the Brisbane River, Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point and City skyline. Ascend the stairs above Eagle Street and walk through the striking bamboo entrance to a place where spice and flavour is king. Madame Wu serves modern Asian fusion cuisine that entwines classic flavours with an exotic twist to stimulate your senses. We know shopping is thirsty work with Madame Wu’s resident sommelier and mixologist well-placed to whip up a custom cocktail or produce the perfect drop to accompany dinner.
Where to shop
Wintergarden is a retail mecca with a reputation for connecting style-savvy shoppers with an array of flagship brands and speciality retailers. Get your fashion fix over three levels with iconic Australian labels such as Dinosaur Designs, Alannah Hill and R.M. Williams; fun and functional fitness retailers lululemon and Lorna Jane and beauty brands Mecca and Jurlique. Among the anchor tenants is COS, a fashion brand offering reinvented classics and wardrobe essentials for women and men who want modern, functional, timeless and considered design.