10 must visit shopping precincts and markets in Canberra

10 must visit shopping precincts and markets in Canberra

Canberra’s shopping scene is bursting with the best in boutique, local creations as well as homewares, big department stores, malls and fashion labels. Follow this guide to the best shopping experiences in Canberra.

Follow our guide to the top 10 must visit shopping precincts and markets in Canberra to fill your home with goodies. From 9 June visitors and locals alike can take advantage of ChooseCBR vouchers, enjoying discounts at many shops, eateries, and hotels. 

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    Find something unique at a boutique

    If you’re after something a little more hand-picked and unique, Canberra’s shopping scene is bursting with the best in boutique.

    Stock up on current season trends, or invest in wardrobe essentials such as quality basics, denim and leather. Things of Desire, located in both Manuka and Lonsdale Street, offers a unique variety of European labels that are not only exclusive to Canberra but some even exclusive to Australia. Also located in Manuka is Momento Dezigns.

    Not after clothing? There are plenty of other boutiques on offer such as home and gift boutique, Hive, which is a favourite of design lovers or Timber & Tailor for ceramics, jewellery and more.

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    Wander a weekend market

    The monthly Hall Markets (first Sunday of each month) have returned to the Hall Showgrounds, providing a mix of produce, arts and craft, homewares and more. Shop the curated online directory of the Handmade market which boasts products from a range of categories such as conscious living, gourmet pantry and textiles, all from the comfort of your accommodation.

    For fresh produce markets in the inner city, the new Haig Park Village Markets in Braddon on a Sunday is a must before a wander along the Lonsdale Street café and restaurant strip.

    The iconic Old Bus Depot Markets are currently taking a break but will return to Canberra later in 2021 to showcase the best local produce, artisan baked goods, and beautiful handmade items.

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    Shop up a storm at one of our malls

    Each of Canberra’s larger suburban town centres is home to a shopping mall. The city’s largest shopping centre, Canberra Centre is a one-stop shopping destination. Find Zara, H&M, Peter Alexander, COS, David Jones, Nike, Muji, Myer and more. If you need a mid-shopping pick-me-up, try Coffee Lab or East Row Speciality Coffee a few minutes’ walk away. If the kids are dragging their feet, treat them to a ride on the historic carousel in Petrie Plaza.

    It doesn’t matter where you are staying in Canberra, there is a mall in sight with Westfield Woden, Westfield Belconnen and Southpoint in Tuggeranong.

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    Find the perfect item at your favourite attractions’ shop

    Buy something with a story to tell. You can take a piece of your favourite gallery or museum home with you from one of the many national treasures and cultural attractions. The National Portrait Gallery, National Arboretum Canberra, National Gallery of Australia and National Museum of Australia are among many attractions whose shops are worthy of a visit in their own right.

    Located in the former Kingston Powerhouse — a historical site in itself — the Canberra Glassworks is the only one of its kind in Australia. This professional artspace is dedicated entirely to contemporary glass art, with glass gifts galore at the retail shop. 

    At the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, overlooking Lake Burley Griffin, you can chat with a friendly local and browse the range of Canberra region wine and produce.           

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    Take art from a Canberra gallery home with you

    Art lovers rejoice! Canberra has a thriving local art scene of creative minds. Offering a unique momento of the nation’s capital is Scott Leggo Gallery, owned by Scott himself, a local photographer renowned for his landscape work. Pick up a jigsaw puzzle (or two) of one of Scott’s landscape shots of Canberra icons like the Australian War Memorial.

    Tucked away on Wade Street in Watson you will discover the teeny tiny  Gallery of Small Things which has a little shop to match. All artwork is available to purchase at the Beaver Galleries, Canberra's largest privately owned commercial gallery, along with a store of beautiful products from leading Australian craft artists and jewellers.

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    Taste the best of Canberra’s local produce

    Take home some superb local produce from the passionate producers themselves. The Pialligo Market Grocer and the Urban Providore Food Boutique are stocked and bursting with Australian regional artisan-crafted delicious gourmet foods. Chocolate-lovers are sure to be impressed by Enigma Fine Chocolates.

    Poachers Pantry is nestled in the hills just 30 minutes from the city on the road to Murrumbateman. Stock up on their regional preserves, smoked meats, oils and sauces. The smoked chicken breast with tarragon & lemon, is a must-try and a little taste of Canberra goodness.

    Our local produce pairs perfectly with our handcrafted brews. The flavours and aromas of Canberra craft beers and ciders have helped to establish a thriving and award-winning micro-industry of brewers with a passion for a locally derived pint. Lovers of craft beer are flocking to Canberra’s BentSpoke Brewing Co. in Braddon. Don’t forget to check out Capital Brewing Co. in Fyshwick which is run by a group of mates who enjoy craft beer, surfing and good vibes. You’ll find an outstanding range of Canberra wine, beer and spirits at award-winning Plonk, located in Fyshwick Markets.

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    Hunt for vintage and collectables

    Search for collectables, vintage and preloved items on a self-guided Fyshwick vintage trail. The arrival of Dirty Janes Canberra last year — sister of the popular Bowral vintage store — has put this once industrial suburb firmly on the must-do Canberra shopping map. Get lost exploring this huge warehouse of individual stallholders, grab a bite to eat at the café and watch a blacksmith in action.

    To find your next great read from 1.2km worth of bookshelves, drop by Canty’s Bookshop. Afterwards, head to the Designer Op Shop Emporium and other antique and second-hand stores located in Fyshwick.

    If you don’t get to Fyshwick, Landspeed Records in the city has a fabulous mix of vintage and new clothing and accessories and a range of records at the back of the store.

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    Shop local and support local creatives

    In the heart of the city is the Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre featuring exhibitions by both local and international makers. From pottery vessels to embroidery, jewellery and more, the gift shop is filled with beautiful, handcrafted pieces to take home.

    Dotted along popular Lonsdale Street in Braddon, you'll find POP Canberra and Bisonhome. The latter’s storefront is a repository of the ceramics and glasswares that adorn the tables of many local cafes and the kitchen cupboards of Canberrans.

    With a hidden shopfront in the heart of Dickson is Trove Canberra – a cooperative of artists, designers and makers local to the Canberra region.

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    Stock up on goodness at a fresh food market

    Canberra’s flourishing fresh food markets offer fresh local produce, as well as culinary delicacies and Canberra's cool-climate district wines. From bakeries and cafes to delicatessens, Fyshwick Markets, Canberra’s oldest market, is the place to be on Thursday to Sunday.

    You can’t go past Canberra’s biggest produce market, the Capital Region Farmers Market, which boasts a hive of activity at EPIC each Saturday morning — grab brunch and chat to the producers. The Southside Farmers Market at Canberra College in Phillip offers a Sunday morning market option.

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    Shop for homewares

    Whether it’s a craving for Swedish meatball accompanied by a side of flatpack furniture or a supersized pack of something, the suburb of Majura is the place to go. The home of IKEA, Costco, Bunnings and one of the largest Woolworths stores in Australia, this is your go-to location for stocking up on virtually anything, especially homewares.

    A 10-minute drive away, the Canberra Outlet Centre is brimming with stores that have crafted an inspiring collection of homewares and furniture. There’s even more excuse to go shopping for yourself with discounts of up to 70 per cent off favourite brands including Nike, Bonds, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Canberra and Region Visitors Centre

The knowledgeable staff and volunteers at the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre know everything there is to see, do, eat and explore in the territory and the surrounding region. A visit to the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre will ensure your holiday to Canberra is full of one good thing after another.