19 July 2012

Australia's best suburbs for shopping

Richmond, Melbourne
If you are after a hit of cosmopolitan culture, then you best make your way to Bridge Road, Melbourne. Only a short distance from the city, Bridge Road is regarded as Melbourne’s best shopping strip. It is renowned for its abundance of clothing factory outlets, and also many stores of up-and-coming local fashion designers. The road is always buzzing with bargain hungry shoppers who are after the best deals on shoes, clothing, accessories and gifts. You can find some of Melbourne’s most successful retail stores warehouses on Bridge Road, selling the latest fashion items at clearance prices.
Must visit:
Anthea Crawford – Outlet
Country Road – Outlet
Green with Envy
Metalicus – Outlet
Bridge Road, Richmond
Bridge Road, Richmond
South Yarra, Melbourne
Chapel Street in South Yarra is well known as Melbourne’s most vibrant fashion and food strip. Here designer labels go hand in hand with fancy bistros. Luckily, there are just as many eateries to sit and regenerate in between bursts of shopping. The stores range from exclusive Australian designers, high street chains to second-hand shops. The Jam Factory is one of the main focal points. An actual jam factory at one time, it is now a modern shopping complex.
Must visit:
Metta Scents
Bleecker Street
Alannah Hill
Shappere
Zara
Topshop
Chapel Street, South Yarra
Chapel Street, South Yarra

Paddington, Sydney 
Known as Sydney’s ‘Style Mile’, Oxford Street in Paddington is packed with hip fashion boutiques and home ware stores. You can enjoy two kilometres of funky boutiques and high-end street fashion. If you are on Oxford Street on a Saturday you can visit the famous Paddington Markets, which has over 250 stalls selling a range of goods from handmade jewellery and fashion items to gifts and home wares. Don't forget to wonder down the small streets off Oxford Street, where you will find designer boutiques inside former Terrace homes.
Must visit:
Camilla Boutique
Pink Zebra
Morgan Barret Fashion
Kate Sylvester
William Street, off Oxford Street, Paddington
William Street, off Oxford Street, Paddington

Paddington, Brisbane 
Just a couple kilometres from  Brisbane's city centre, you can find quaint Queenslander cottages turned into beautiful stores along La Trobe Terrace in the trendy suburb of Paddington. This area is a treasure trove for vintage fashion and wares, quirky keepsakes, fashion boutiques, antiques, eco friendly products and retro goodies.
Must visit:
Retro Metro
Thousand Island Dressing
La La Latrobe
Petrol
Brisbane River
Brisbane River

James Street, Fortitude Valley
This unique and trendy street close to the city is a hub for the best brands and boutiques Brisbane has to offer. The street does not have tonnes of stores, but will definitely fulfil your shopping urges with its great assortment of high fashion stores. James Street is a must visit for serious fashionistas and foodies with cash to burn.
Must visit:
Zomp
Sass & Bide
Mimco
Ksubi
Jules & Roc
James Street, Fortitude Valley
James Street, Fortitude Valley

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