When the Gold Coast opens something, it does so in spectacular style, that is unrivalled in many cities across the country. Pacific Fair opened its second stage of the south-west mall today and it was nothing short of breathtaking. Forget your everyday shopping trip - going out to Pacific Fair is about to revolutionise the way that we see shopping in the Gold Coast for a very long time.
The first sign of the grand opening is an impressive ramp that leads up to what seems like unlimited parking spots - which is exceptionally rare for the Gold Coast, and makes you wonder just how big the shopping complex will be once all stages are open!
The first thing that you see when you ascend up the brand new escalators is a chandelier that belongs in 'The Titanic' - a waterfall of absolutely breathtaking glass bubble-like globes, sparking with lights, descending from the ceiling.
Those who have been frequenting the shopping centre through the first stage of the opening, will understand the frustration of going for a 15 minute walk to find one of the last remaining bathrooms up until today. Thankfully the refurbishment includes two sets of toilets - one upstairs and another downstairs - making it much easier to shop at Pacific Fair with children, now that they are re-opened!
What will 'wow' you? A better question would be 'what won't wow you?' - within 5 minutes of entering the shopping centre we were texting friends and family "you have GOT to see this!"
The fruit markets are not just your average fruit market - everything has a decided air of theatre and decadence. Bright colours, fruit and vegetables mounted up on the walls in planter boxes, flowers and big ceramic bowls of nuts and spices adorn the halls and the shopfronts.
We loved that this end of the opening seems to have a decidedly Asian theme, with Japanese and Chinese restaurants, including beautifully-crafted sushi (in interesting colours and shapes that you usually do not see around the Gold Coast shopping centres) ranging from $1.80 per piece, and ramen that included free extra noodles!
My favourite part of this make-over (besides the ramen) is the art that is everywhere throughout the centre. Pacific Fair really knows how to do an opening in style! Between the live music and a few unique cars parked in the middle of the new shops, the eating areas are bright and colourful with beautifully patterned cushions, trees with sparkling lights, a painted wall mural (complete with painter - still there, doing a live paint show) and seating areas that wouldn't be out of place in an exhibition. Whoever has designed these areas has put a lot of thought into making this a place where we want to spend a lot of time!