Hobart may not be the largest city in Australia but it has plenty of unique shopping opportunities for visitors to enjoy. The main shopping area in the CBD is centred round the pedestrianised Elizabeth Street, where the Cat and Fiddle Arcade provides the perfect splurging arena for shopaholics. Nearby Collins Street is also a good place to browse the numerous shops, boutiques and speciality stores.
Downtown Hobart features a good mix of stores, from fashion outlets and souvenir stores selling the usual tourist tat, to art and craft galleries, and department stores. Sandy Bay is where fashionistas can be found in their designer clothing picking up more of the latest trends. Northgate, at Glenorchy, and Eastlands, on the eastern shore, are the two main suburban shopping centres housing independent and chain stores as well as food halls and supermarkets.
One of the greatest shopping markets in Hobart has to be the Salamanca Market which takes place every Saturday from 8:30am to 3pm. Here, shoppers can enjoy browsing through everything from fresh fruit and vegetables and confectionaries to Tasmanian arts and crafts, clothing and leather goods. There are also great food stalls to keep hungry shoppers energised, and the nearby cafés and restaurants along Salamanca Place offer respite from the maze of stalls.
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