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Brisbane’s large geographical area presents a multitude of places for the eager shopper. From the Central Business District to the suburbs, there is shopping for every budget.

For the tourists the weekend Riverside Centre markets provide local crafts and other assorted goods. The CBD features the Queen Street Mall, with a large stage area and free entertainment most lunch times. There are a number of shopping centres that form part of the  Queen Street Mall, such as the Myer Centre, a huge complex with a family fun centre at the top floor complete with a mini roller coaster, as well as having most national chain stores represented including David Jones. The streets surrounding the mall have plenty of bargain stores, selling goods at discount prices for the budget shopper.

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For those with more expensive tastes the trendy inner suburbs such (as Milton or Paddington) all feature street precincts featuring upmarket stores and outdoor coffee shops.

Fortitude Valley was the former red light district (Brisbane’s version of Sydney’s Kings Cross), that has been cleaned up for a number of years now. It contains a street mall as well as Brisbane’s Chinatown and is slowly transforming into a haven for those seeking bargain shopping, as well as good alfresco style food, whilst enjoying Brisbane’s mild sub-tropical climate. It also holds street markets every Saturday and Sunday running from 8 am to 4 pm. Worth checking out for street fashion and quirky items.

A short distance from the Valley is Newfarm - check out the Newfarm Deli for great continental inspired lunches at bargain prices, a coffee with mains, easily achieved for under A$10. For those seeking more upmarket fare check out the newly renovated James Street precinct, home to an arts cinema, and the James Street Market, an open plan collection of restaurants, fresh food, gourmet groceries and an exceptional wine merchant selling some extremely interesting and rare wines from Australia (including Queensland), New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain and South Africa. The James Street Bistro is highly recommended.

Brisbane also has a large manufacturing base that has given rise to plenty of factory outlets selling goods at substantial discounts, try and click onto the links for their shopping outlet guide for more information the site also contains information on factory outlet tours.

Springwood a large suburb on the southern edge of Brisbane is home to many factory outlets, as well as known brands such as Ikea, Freedom Furniture, Java Road and many other furniture, accessory style stores. There are also large discount chains.

Being blessed with high ratio of sunny days, markets are popular and ever suburb seems to have local markets, sometimes even two! You’ll find every taste is catered for. Brisbane City Council run an informative web-site that is worth checking out the calendar of events to see what market are on and where. The site also includes gig and what’s on guides as well as information on the public transport system.


Many shops in Brisbane are open seven days a week, with the core core shopping hours are:

  • Monday to Wednesday 9 am - 6 pm
  • Thursday 9 am - 9 pm
  • Friday and Saturday 9 am - 6 pm
  • Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

Some shops hours may differ, with some markets only open certain days of the week or month.
Maps of Brisbane City and suburbs on the Brisbane City Council site.

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