A shopping trip to Brisbane is nothing to turn your nose up at. With dozens of shopping malls, stalls and open air markets to browse, it may not be quite up to the standards of Sydney, but Brisbane can definitely hold its own.
The Central Business District is a good place to start, where the Queen Street Mall, a pedestrian shopping mall that prides itself on being the 'one-stop-shop' for all your shopping needs in Brisbane, attracts 26 million visitors a year. Located between Edward and George Streets, shoppers can stroll along the city's most popular shopping strip where centres such as Wintergarden, the Myer Centre and the lavish Queen's Plaza featuring Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co and Max Mara, can be found. Numerous hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, cinemas, clothing, music, jewellery and book stores also line the mall - what more could a shopaholic want?
Shoppers wanting something a little more informal should visit the South Bank Art and Craft Markets from Friday to Sunday, where they can pick up souvenirs such as didgeridoos, boomerangs and Aboriginal art works, as well as everything from clothing and leather goods to fresh produce and plants.
The Sunday Discovery Market at Rocklea is another place to find trash and treasures, while Trendoids looking to keep up to date with the hottest fashion trends should visit the monthly South Bank Young Designers' Market, which takes place on the first Sunday of every month.
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