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Published January 3rd 2017
(by City of Brisbane)
If you love shopping, the chaos during Christmas and the scrambles during Boxing Day sales can be exhilarating. Feel the rush throughout the year with a dose of retail therapy in shopping centres stocked with our favourite brands. Park inside cavernous car parks, recharge in the food court and shop till you drop at one of these shopping centres in Brisbane.
Savvy shoppers can also bag bargains at our best factory outlets, offering special discounts on the best brands of women's and men's fashion, homewares, sporting goods, outdoor items and fragrances.
(by City of Brisbane)
Queen St Mall – In the heart of the CBD, over 26 million people visit 700 retailers in a mix of historic and modern arcades. Choose from centres including:
- Queensplaza, with Tiffany, David Jones and Louis Vuitton
- Wintergarden, with Tommy Hilfiger, Sambag and M.J. Bale
- Brisbane Arcade, with everything from antiques and bridal accessories to eyewear and travel goods
- Tattersall's Arcade with Bankwest, Canturi and Optiko
- MacArthur Central with Big W, JB Hi-Fi, Woolworths, Apple and Priceline
- Myer Centre with Target, Lincraft, Best and Less, Coles, Myer and almost 200 other stores.
The mall is also an entertainment precinct, hosting community events, talented buskers, Event Cinemas in the Myer Centre for new release movies, Strike Bowling in Wintergarden and a farmers' market.
Westfield Chermside – On the corner of Gympie and Hamilton Rds, when this shopping centre opened in 1957, porters helped carry the shopping. After a series of redevelopments, the porters have retired but the centre hosts over 400 stores selling everything from fashion, cosmetics and sportsgoods to school supplies, manchester, furniture, whitegoods, tech items and books. The food court has burgers, chicken, pizza, sushi and tacos while the cinema plays the latest blockbusters.
Westfield Carindale – This centre, on 1151 Creek Road, is the largest in Queensland with over 450 stores, including Foot Locker, Foxtel, Oroton, Ultra Tune and Aldi, free Wi-Fi and thousands of parking spots. Carindale also has a Brisbane City Council Library with iPads available to borrow, the Glasshouse restaurant precinct, a children's indoor playground, gymnasium and cinema.
I think the problem is choice - there's a plethora of clean smaller shopping centres with good takeaways, fruit shops, butchers, hairdressers and usually a bric-a-brac or op shop and a major supermarket, perhaps even a newsagent as well.
Here's my list:
Quirkiest -- a real brain strain - after careful map reading and mental sifting Cat and Fiddle - Morley Street Toowong - may seem predictable but such a great name, it's miniature, it's got a running shoes shop adjacent and still the patisserie or deli-cafe and a newsagent/store and not only that, but it has retained that name for nearly four decades, quite the remarkable place for odd reasons hence by far and away the quirkiest I can think of.
Large and upmarket - Toowong Village
Small and upmarket -- James Street Valley/New Farm
I vote for Indooroopilly, mainly for being a reasonable size, providing a compromise between lots of variety and not getting too lost. Chermside and Garden City, for example, are so large and/or labyrinthine that you can wear out a of shoe leather navigating them.