Shop like a local in Brisbane

Shopping in Brisbane is somewhat of an experience. In this burgeoning metropolis, you can find anything from charming antique stores with cafes to boutiques offering couture straight from the catwalks. Some of the best finds may not be in the city centre though. Here are some places the locals go.

Woolloongabba Antique Centre – 22 Wellington Road, Woolloongabba
If antiques are your thing, then you’ll love pottering around this huge antique store in Woolloongabba. Offering everything from art deco furniture to vintage Hollywood-style glamourous clothing and unique handmade homewares, this shop – complete with a 1950s milk bar cafe – has the potential to keep you occupied for hours. Take the Riverside Expressway south and you’re almost there.

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White Bungalow – 1a/1208 Sandgate Road, Nundah
Opened in July 2014 selling homewares and interior decorations, White Bungalow has since expanded to include other offerings. Here you can find beautiful Cape Cod-style homewares, clothing, assorted gifts, jewellery and amazing fresh flowers. Most of the wares favour a coastal luxe feel meant to reflect the Queensland lifestyle – all just 20 minutes north of the CBD.

Travel secret: When you’re done browsing at the White Bungalow, head to nearby cafe Jam 4012 for a sensational brunch. The cafe has been around for years and is considered an institution among the locals; the must-try dishes include the homemade hash browns and eggs Benedict.

The Collective Store – 104 Bay Terrace, Wynnum
Take a 40-minute drive to the pretty waters of Brisbane’s picturesque bayside to this trendy boutique stocked full of all-original pieces from independent Australian artists and designers. It’s the kind of shop where you’d be tempted to touch every single thing before you walk out. From earrings and kids’ clothing to candles and chai, there’s always something new here for everyone.

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White Label NOBA – 2/121 Riding Road, Hawthorne
With luxe silks, cottons and other fabrics, this stylish women’s fashion label caters for both the young and old. It offers dreamy fabrics in mostly neutral and classic colours, creating looks that go after a timeless style and simple elegance instead of obvious glamour. All the clothing is made in Australia and it’s the perfect place to grab an outfit for summer.

Riverbend Books – 193 Oxford Street, Bulimba
This locals’ favourite independent bookshop is just a short bus ride, drive or CityCat ferry south of the CBD. The shop not only caters for the voracious reader, but the books are carefully hand-picked so as to not disappoint. It also offers poetry evenings, book chats and a deck out the front where patrons can enjoy delicious light meals from the tea house.

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Harrison’s Menswear – 136 Racecourse Road, Ascot
A 15-minute drive north of the CBD, Racecourse Road is close to some of the city’s most affluent homes and is dotted with quaint boutiques, cafes and retailers. Established in 1986, Harrison’s is a fashion institution for suits and menswear. It’s slick, sophisticated and a top place to buy a perfectly fitted wedding suit or an outfit for a day at the polo.

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By Penny Shipway

A journalist of more than a decade, Penny is an adventure-hungry, ocean addict who can often be found sitting on the beach daydreaming about sailing around the world (solo of course). She has feasted her way across the globe, but loves nothing more sharing a glass of champagne and some Mooloolaba prawns with friends and family - ocean-side.

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