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Australian Capital Territory Shopping and nightlife

Shopping in Australian Capital Territory

A wide range of goods, including Australian arts and crafts, is available from department stores and specialist shops. Galleries and museums are good for souvenirs and crafty pieces, and are usually open seven days weekly. The National Gallery has a good choice of art books.

The Westfield Belconnen Mall in the suburb of Belconnen and the 300+ speciality shops in the Canberra Centre in the civic area of the CBD are the places to head to, while for boutique fashion shops make a beeline for Manuka.

Shopping hours

Opening hours for most stores in the city are Mon-Thurs 0900-1700 and Fri-Sun 1000-1600.

Nightlife in Australian Capital Territory

Despite the daytime orderliness, nightlife is actively promoted by the large range of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, live music venues and jazz, piano and wine bars. There are an estimated 70 bars in the city and popular nightclubs include Academy and Club Mombasa, both in Bunda Street. Northbourne Avenue is the place to start your evening though with a good number of drinking dens in this area.

With a choice of several cinemas and the Canberra Theatre Centre ( offering a variety of shows, there is much to see, plus the Casino Canberra ( in the city centre is the place to go to have a flutter.