The Queen Street Mall is Queensland’s premiere shopping destination with over 700 shops doing business seven days a week and independent designers as well as a plethora of cafés abound.

Queens Plaza is where a host of home-grown talents such as Herringbone of Sydney and Alannah Hill take pride of place. Take a short stroll and you’ll also find the likes of Max Mara, Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co, proving that Brisbane isn’t too small for the big names.

The assortment of logos and brands available in this stretch between Edward Street and George Street is mind-boggling, but of note are the legendary department stores David Jones and The Myer Centre. You may also want to take a peek in the boutique of local designer Bora, whose creation graced the body of Miss Universe in 2004.

If you leave the Queen Street Mall and head down Edward Street towards the river, you’ll find more Australian designers and if you continue up Elizabeth Street, you’ll find many of the up-and-coming.

Beyond the CBD, it’s worth taking a look at Ann Street and James Street in Fortitude Valley where you’ll find a mixture of boho chic and ultra-trendy style. Come back at the weekend and you’ll find the Valley Markets: fashion on Brunswick Street where you can buy one-off items and flowers and fresh produce on James Street.

Back at the South Bank Lifestyle Markets, you’ll find everything from local crafts to unique artworks at the weekend. Every second and fourth Sunday at the Powerhouse in New Farm, check out the Farmers Markets where you can pick up Queensland’s finest pineapples and mangos, freshly caught seafood or just-picked vegetables. The farmers bring their goods to the markets literally on the back of their trucks. Open from dawn till around lunchtime but, for the best experience, be early to get the best produce and avoid the heat.

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