Sometimes it is the simple pleasures in life that can brighten up a day; shopping being one such pleasure! If you are a shopaholic by nature, a fashionista or even just someone who loves to window shop then Brisbane provides plenty of opportunities to get in that ‘shopping high.’ Here are some ‘must visit’ shopping hotspots in Brisbane.

Queen St Mall

The Queen Street Mall is not an actual building but rather a bonafide shopping district which has somewhat become an iconic locale in the city. Think of it like a giant outdoor mall where there is some new retail treat to discover at every corner. It can be found in the heart of the CBD so getting there is not a problem. Makes sense though to find a hotel or even a Brisbane serviced apartment that is nearby since it would be convenient when on your shopping excursions. Oaks Casino Towers is a good option in this regard. When you do get down to exploring Queen Street Mall make sure to visit the Myer Centre, the Wintergarden and Queens Plaza for some indulgent shopping; great spots especially if you are looking to update your wardrobe with the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Salvatore Ferragamo!

Fortitude Valley

Fashionistas are drawn towards Fortitude Valley for good reason. Trendy urban chic mingles with grunge inspired fashion in this hip neighbourhood full of charming boutiques. Optiko and Camilla are two notable spots for women’s fashion, while the wonderfully named Pistols at Dawn provides fashionable retail therapy for men. Checkout some unique Australian fashion at James St, while the myriad of cafes, bars and art galleries set the stage for a fun day of shopping.


Here’s an area which is pretty popular with the locals though not as widely known among visitors when it comes to shopping. This is definitely a plus point since it means you will have relatively less hustle and bustle and can enjoy some laidback shopping. Why should you shop here? Locales such as Latrobe Terrace are where you can find independent designers showcasing creations to make you stand out in the crowd. There’s distinctive homeware and art to be bought here too, the perfect addition to your home.

The Collective Markets

If the whole family is planning to get in on some shopping action then definitely make time to visit the Collective Markets in the South Bank area. Everything from fashion to food and artists to entrepreneurs can be found at these vibrant markets which are open in the weekends. Unique items and products be it handmade jewellery, vintage fashions or one of a kind crafts are on display along with plenty of entertainment that makes for a fun way to spend Saturdays and Sundays.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry. Google+