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
www.magpiebooks.com.au and click onto the links for their shopping outlet
guide for more information the site also contains information on factory outlet
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
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.
Brisbane City and
suburbs on the
Brisbane City Council
Visit the local visitor centre for more information: