Shop til you drop in Brisbane: Three best shopping areas

Posted By Sean Dalton On August 26, 2013

Shop til you drop in BrisbaneShop til you drop in Brisbane: Three best shopping areas

One of the best things about getting away for a Brisbane holiday is the chance to explore exciting new shops - and actually have the time to look at them without feeling like you need to be hurrying back to work!

With over 1,000 stores, four shopping precincts, six shopping centres, and Queensland's largest collection of flagship stores and unique boutiques, the city certainly has good reason to boast about its shopping opportunities.

If you're heading to the city for a Queensland family holiday, you might be interested in our top three picks for a shopping outing, all within easy reach when you stay at in central Brisbane at Mantra on Queen.

Brisbane Arcade

For something that you'll only be able to find in Brisbane, get yourself to the Brisbane Arcade.

It is located in the heart of the city, but will transport you to a different world with its beautifully refurbished 1920s architecture, decorated with gorgeous lamps, polished marble and dark timber staircases.

Originally designed by Richard Gailey Junior - one of Queensland's most important earlier architects - the arcade has three levels of shops; one at a basement level, one on street level, and a gallery level, all built under a solid roof with clerestory lighting.

The arcade received its heritage listing in 1992.

As for the shops you'll find in this twentieth century shopping mall, there are quaint tea rooms like the Rendezvous Tea Room and the Room with Roses, plus an array of smaller designer shops and jewellery stores.

You'll find the Brisbane Arcade between Albert and Edward Streets, or from Adelaide Street.

"One of the best things about getting away for a Brisbane holiday is the chance to explore exciting new shops.

Queen Street Mall

Queen Street Mall has a plethora of dining, shopping and entertainment activities, all in one area in the middle of the city.

As well as stores lining the street there are two major shopping areas within Queen Street itself.

Broadway on the Mall is the 'fashion' end of Queen Street, with more than 70 unique stores, an international food court and a Harvey Norman on the top floor.

Butter Beats will let you get your hands on rare CDs, records and music collectables, while The Mask offers beautiful dresses, and Dirt Box has fashion for guys and girls.

Myer Centre is a huge mall you can head to on a rainy shopping day in the city. It's the largest Myer department store in the state, and has more than 200 specialty shops covering just about everything you could ask for under one roof.

It has a parcel delivery service so you can send your shopping goodies home if you don't think they'll fit in your suitcase, as well as all your usual mall favourites like Target, Freedom, Coles and a movie theatre.

Fortitude Valley

For a truly different shopping experience in Brisbane, check out trendsetting Fortitude Valley.

Described as the place where "elegance and style meets grungy and offbeat" and known affectionately as 'The Valley' to the locals, it's a mix of contemporary stores and heritage shopping sites.

There's Ann Street, host to local designers like Honor Lulu and Blonde Venus, as well as being the place to go for trendy homewares and gifts.

This is also where you'll find Brisbane's Chinatown district. If you've never visited one of these before, it is simply a shopping and culture must-see.

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