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Shopping in Brisbane

From the speciality shops and department stores that make up Queen Street Mall in the city centre, to the boutiques of Fortitude Valley and larger shopping centres in the suburbs, Brisbane has a great range of retail options throughout the city and beyond.

Key areas

Head downtown to Brisbane's main shopping precinct for over 700 stores along the Queen Street Mall. The western suburb of Paddington is renowned for homewares and vintage fashion, while Fortitude Valley is packed with charming indepedent stores selling unique items. There are several markets in Fortitute Valley as well.


There are markets aplenty in Brisbane, from arts and crafts to those geared specifically for tourists. Brisbane's Young Designers Market on Little Stanley street gets going on the first Sunday of every month and is filled with stalls selling creations by up-and-coming designers. 

The Powerhouse Farmers Markets take place every Saturday with stalls selling farm fresh produce, meat, fish, plants and flowers, among others, while Northey Street City Farm Organic Markets sell, as the name suggests, certified organic produce and dry goods.

For some seriously delicious street food, the Boundary Street Markets definitely deliver. Opens from 1600-2000 Friday and Saturday, this is the place to gather, taste and share.

Shopping centres

Major retail outlets including international brand stores can be found in the heart of Queen Street Mall. QueensPlaza is home to high-end brands and the department store David Jones. The Myer Centre houses the flagship Myer department store while the historic Brisbane Arcade is the place for designer clothes and jewelleries. The are also more shops on the streets surrounding Queen Street Mall.

Located at 1000 Ann Street in Fortitude Valley, Emporium is home to beauty, jewellery, fashion and homewares retailers.

Opening hours

Shops are usually open Monday to Friday 0900-1730, but close at 1700 on Saturdays and 1600 on Sundays. Late night shopping is on Friday, when shops stay open until 2100.


112 Queen Street is home of Walkabout Souvenirs, offering a range of Australiana products including boomerangs, stubbie holders and road signs featuring kangaroos and koalas.

Tax information

Goods and services tax (GST) is a broad-based tax of 10% on most goods, services and other items sold or consumed in Australia.

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