Shop Till You Drop in Australia’s Top Fashion Destinations
Australia has become one of the world’s top tourist spots. From historical indigenous sites, breathtaking landscapes, thrilling outback trips, to relaxing vacation spots, Australia has it all. In recent years, the country has also become famous for its local fashion brands. Australian designers are coming up with products that fit any lifestyle, season, and fashion preferences. Because Australia is a multi-cultural hub, the influences of these cultures can be seen in Australian designs. It is for this reason that the country is also making a name as a top fashion place. Australia’s top fashion destinations do not only offer local brands but also the world’s most sought-after labels. It is for this reason that the country is not only a favourite sightseeing place but also now a famous style of mecca.
1. Westfield Sydney
We start our fashion trip to the central business district of the capital. Found in Pitt Street and Market Street, Westfield Sydney combines fashion with lifestyle and dining. Westfield has more than 350 stores that customers can choose from. Luxury brands like Miu Miu, Prada and Gucci can be found here, as well as Christian Louboutin and Givenchy. Australian designers Alice McCall, Sass & Bide and Zimmerman also hold shops here. Aside from fashion brands, customers will also see homeware and tech brands like Bed, Bath and Table, and JB HiFi. Two of the country’s biggest department stores, David Jones and Myer, are also found here. Shopping tours can take you to visit the best international brands available in Westfield while personal shopping services are also available. You will also enjoy the different cuisines offered by the restaurants, bars, and tea places that are available in Westfield.
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2. Queen Victoria Building
To continue our Sydney shopping street, we head to George Street. This architectural marvel has been a landmark since 1898. The building was restored and is now a top shopping destination in Australia. The bustling shopping quarter boasts of four floors that have boutiques and restaurants. Clothes, accessories, jewellery, and homeware can be found at the QVB. Affordable brands like Victoria’s Secret, Topshop, Lorna Jane, and Lush are alongside high fashion labels like Coach, Fossil, Gorman, and Camilla. It is easy to go to QVB as it is accessible via public transportation, has ample parking space, and is within walking distance from nearby tourist spots. There are cafes and restaurants inside that will quench your thirst and tickle your palate, perfect ways to end your shopping spree.
3. Pitt Street Mall
Pitt Street Mall is a shopper’s haven. Located in a pedestrianized area, the Mall features numerous international and domestic brands. Retail giants Gap, Uniqlo, H&M, Forever21, Cotton On, Ralph Lauren, and Sephora all have branches here. You can easily spend a day at Pitt Street because aside from the Mall itself, there are arcades and small shopping centres that branch off the main centre. With an array of offerings from clothes, shoes, sportswear, cosmetics, and watches, you can easily lose yourself in Pitt Street. Recharge in one of the cafes that dot the street so you can have more energy to continue your shopping spree.
4. The Strand Arcade
The next fashion destination to visit in Australia is The Strand Arcade. Located along George Street in the central business district of Sydney, the Victorian-style building offers an exclusive shopping experience. It is easy to get to The Strand as there are train stations and bus stops nearby. There are only a handful of stores and dining places at The Strand. A famous hatter that sells Akubra hats is found here. The hat is popular among presidents, prime ministers, ranchers, and farmers. There are Australian designers who have boutiques at The Strand, such as Alex Perry, Dion Lee, Camilla and Marc, and Manning Cartell. Eternal Bride and Strandbags also have branches at The Strand, as well as Australian cosmetic emporium Mecca Cosmetica. Eateries and tea shops can be found in the Arcade once you get tired of shopping.
5. Block Arcade
Moving on from Sydney, we head now to Melbourne, one of Australia’s top fashion destinations. From high-end labels to local brands as well as vintage fashion, Melbourne has something to offer for every fashion lover. The Block Arcade has been in Melbourne since the late 1800s. Shopping here is like walking into a different place and time. It is a heritage building that boasts of skylights, stained glass windows, and mosaic floor. The Block Arcade boasts of shops that range from jewellery to watch shops, from tailors and high-end boutiques, from shoes to homeware needs, and from disc stores to a tech giant store. The commercial and retail establishments that have set up shop at the Arcade offer only the best products, making a trip here one of the most memorable shopping experiences that you may have.
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One of Brisbane’s iconic structures is a remodelled building that is now a shopping mecca. Located along Queen Street, there are around 60 stores that make Wintergarden an Australian fashion destination. Retailers such as Seed and Nespresso and Mecca Maxima have set up shop here. Cosmetic brands, top designers, and upmarket clothing can also be found here. Shopping enthusiasts will not run out of options as jewellery, footwear, health products, clothes, and food products brands are also in Winterland. A food court that seats around 700 offers a diverse range of cuisines, ensuring that all customers, locals and foreigners alike, will have something as refreshment. At night, Wintergarden lights up the whole street, making it a famous destination and the pride of Brisbane locals.
7. Adelaide Arcade
Next on the list of Australian shopping havens is Adelaide Arcade. Found in Grenfell Street, this is the best place for fashionistas who are looking for the best shopping outlets in Australia. Coming to the Adelaide Arcade is an experience on its own. You will not need to go somewhere else as this is a one-stop shopping destination where you can find beauty products, jewellery, clothing that range from bespoke clothes to casual outfit, homeware, gift shops, accessories, and other services like cleaners, repair shops, and consultancy firms. Specialty stores for photography, coins, comics, and other hobby enthusiasts can also be found here. This is the perfect place to go shopping with your friends as you can catch up with them in one of the many cafes that offer coffee, pastries or chocolate to cap off your shopping spree.
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8. Carillon City
Located in the central business district of Perth between Murray and Hay Street Malls is the vibrant shopping mecca that is Carillon City. It is a great place for fashion enthusiasts as it has numerous retailers for fashion, food, health, and beauty. There are specialty jewellers that will have everything from everyday wear to customized pieces, salons and massage parlours for your pampering needs, shops that specialize in accessories and footwear, souvenirs for when you get back home, and food and dining options ranging from casual pubs to specialty cafes. This all-in-one shopping haven offers almost everything that you might need, as there are clinics for your medical services, banks, an antique shop, and boutiques that will surely make the fashionista in you very happy.
9. Westfield Carousel
Moving towards the suburban area of Cannington in Perth is a fashion destination that caters to both locals and tourists. Westfield Carousel offers a wide range of shopping experience that includes movie watching and dining. This shopping mecca lives up to its “Taste. Shop. Play.” promise to the customers. You will find whatever clothing you will need here, from jackets to sportswear, and from dresses to footwear. You can plan your weekend around the Carousel as they offer a variety of activities for the whole family. There are events that you can attend, games that you can participate in, and workshops that even children can attend, all while being in the same area where you can shop for your everyday needs. The restaurants and cafes at the Carousel will surely help you refresh at the end of the day. With a variety of options, there is something for the whole family at the Westfield Carousel.
Rounding up the top Australian fashion havens is the newest development in Sydney, Barangaroo. This entertainment and commercial district boasts of office towers and a shopping district called The Streets of Barangaroo. The retail precinct houses fashion boutiques, lifestyle stores, restaurants and bars that will cater to highly selective clients. A selection of beauty, accessories and fashion brands like Paul Smith, Chloe, Valentino, Chanel, Tom Ford, and M.A.C. are all curated in a small format store in Barangaroo. Indie labels from Europe and the United States as well as local brands take shop here as well. There are service shops that will cater to your fashion needs like customized tailoring. This waterfront haven is also home to both casual and fine dining restaurants, offering a wide array of cuisines that will surely deliciously end your day of shopping.
Whether you visit the capital or its nearby states, Australia has a lot to offer on its fashion side. There is no shortage of shopping districts that will have you planning for more fashion tips. From unique souvenir finds, casual outfits, designer clothes, customized jewellery, to gadgets and homeware needs, you will surely find them when you go on an Australian shopping spree. Visiting Australia’s top fashion destinations is an experience in itself. You will find yourself enjoying not just the stores and boutiques but also the other services offered like entertainment and dining. Strap your bags and ready your wallets, and let yourself get lost in these amazing shopping destinations that Australia has to offer.
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