With four distinct seasons of fashion, a thriving local market scene and a growing handmade, upcycling, recycling and op-shopping culture, you can shop till drop in CBR
Shoppers can experience a variety of international and local brands within a stone’s throw of each other. Indeed, you might just be pleasantly surprised with what you find in the nation’s capital.
Here’s our guide to the best of Canberra’s retail scene, covering everything from food to furniture to fashion and flowers.
The mall experience
Myer and David Jones lead an outstanding collection of Australian and International fashion labels at the Canberra Centre, along with a stunning range of over 260 specialty stores located in the heart of the city.
Experience local and international cuisine at Canberra Centre’s North Quarter – where dining and entertainment culture thrive day and night with an array of award winning restaurants and Premium Class Dendy Cinemas.
Canberra’s only outlet centre is located in Fyshwick on the corner of Newcastle Street and Canberra Avenue. You’ll be sure to pick up a bargain at the Canberra Outlet Centre with savings of up to 70% off across all factory and Homemaker Centre retailers. The outlet centre is your one-stop retail destination.
Leading retailers include Trade Secret, Kaisercraft, Royal Doulton, Cue, Puma, Oxford and Villeroy and Boch. Homemaker retailers include Freedom, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Snooze, Bose, Lincraft, Adairs and JB Hi-Fi HOME.
Get your Swedish on at IKEA Canberra and spend the entire day strolling through the 11,000 square metre showroom and market hall while browsing at over 8500 products. Be inspired from room sets, enjoy a lunch of world-famous meatballs in the IKEA restaurant and take the kids to Smaland, their internal children’s care facility.
Grab a hotdog, a soft-serve or some meatballs at the IKEA Bistro and pick up some Swedish delights at the Food Market.
IKEA aims to create a better everyday life by offering well-designed, functional and affordable, high quality home furnishing products that are produced with care for people and the environment.
For something a little more ‘boutique’
Shopaholics with a weakness for designer clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories simply must visit Rebel Muse, one of Canberra’s premier women’s fashion retailers.
Step inside the Braddon boutique and you’ll see the patience and love that goes into curating their collection, which features the very best in Australian Designer Labels.
Stock up on current season trends, or invest in wardrobe essentials such as quality basics, denim and leather. More than a retail outlet, Rebel Muse prides itself on a personalised and seamless shopping experience.
Explore the lovely arcades of the small 1920s shopping centres in Manuka and Kingston and discover a variety of boutique shops offering Australian and international designer labels, exquisite jewellery, beautiful antiques, high-end homewares and plenty of cool cafes, restaurants and bars to rest your tired shopping feet.
Located a short walk from the city centre, The Hive is an exciting gallery which has developed a niche market following for its selection of craft, art and design.
The front section of The Hive is a shop of gorgeous giftware for all age groups, stylish homewares and lighting, designer jewellery and fashion accessories.
An intimate gallery is at the rear, where new and emerging artists hold regular exhibitions.
With its sweet-scented bouquets and one-of-a-kind terrariums, Moxom & Whitney is a not-to-be-missed destination for those who relish the lovely things in life. Located in Canberra’s inner-city suburb of Braddon, this eclectic florist-with-a-difference offers beautiful bunches and custom-made terrariums; fascinating miniature worlds of lush green moss, ferns and indoor plants.
Treat yourself, or a friend, to some whimsy of the botanical variety, or enrol in one of their classes to create your very own masterpiece.
Bison stoneware ceramics are beautiful, handcrafted, and durable pieces for the kitchen, dining and living room. They are produced with modern designs and materials by artisans who use experience and knowledge accumulated over the millennia.
Bison ceramics have been photographed in numerous magazines and sold around the world. Take your opportunity to buy firsts, seconds and samples from the store that started the legend.
Visit the gallery at Strathnairn Arts. Browse for gifts in the shop. Enjoy light lunch, tea, coffee, cake or wood fired pizza at the cafe. Take a stroll through established grounds, enjoy a picnic or sit by the open fires during the cold months.
Strathnairn Arts is a not-for-profit arts association supported by the ACT Government that provides working spaces and facilities for a range of artists and crafts people and community groups.
Located 500 metres past the Magpies Belconnen Golf Club turn off, this facility has been used by artists for decades but remains one of Canberra’s best-kept secrets.
The Bungendore Wood Works Gallery exhibits and promotes Australian wood art, giftware, sculpture and contemporary furniture by the country’s foremost designer/makers in wood. The Gallery takes pride in the skill and art of Australia’s craftspeople, and in the varied richness and beauty of native timbers.
The Gallery collaborated with makers to design and develop new work to ensure the Gallery remains a leader in woodcraft and studio furniture.
From fresh food markets to handmade markets and everything in between
Visit the largest regional markets in the Southern Tablelands. Be lured by the smell of freshly ground coffee, the reassuring dirt on the potatoes, honey still warm from the hive, oranges beaming in the sun and the hum of chatter between the producers and their customers.
Reward yourself with the region’s freshest produce and the most flavoursome fare from over 100 stallholders. Taste the exciting seasonal characteristics and diversity of the region.
Be tantalised by fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, cakes, condiments, meats, cheeses and more.
Lovers of fine hand-crafted wares, clothing collectors, food fanatics and jewellery junkies are just a few of the people who head to Canberra’s award winning Old Bus Depot Markets every Sunday. In a fabulous old industrial building you’ll experience the endless colour, tastes, sounds and atmosphere that is “Canberra’s Sunday Best”.
Not your average market, each week you’ll find over 200 stalls of exceptional quality, featuring items all hand-crafted by local and regional creatives. There’s simply no better way to spend your Sunday in Canberra.
Brought to you by CanberraComm.Unity, the seasonal Twilight Markets at The Hanger is all about supporting giving local businesses a friendly, low cost place to showcase their products and services.
Head down to 255 Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick on third Saturday of each month from 3-8pm for some great food, wonderful entertainment, boutique market stalls and unique trade displays. There is something for everyone.
Popping up in different parts of CBR’s inner-city suburbs, The Forage is a culinary delight, showcasing the best in street food from local cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries. This one of kind food event runs seasonally and never disappoints delivering the best in entertainment and local acts, allowing artists to rock out in front of a live audience.
Shop for everyday foods or gastronomical treats at the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets. Choose from delicious delicatessen condiments, Canberra wines, award winning macaroons, fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood. Asian grocers and specialty stores sell everything from crocodile and goat meat to fresh pasta. There’s even a cooking school.
Give your senses a treat and take in the sights, sounds and alluring smells of the market. Hear languages from across Europe and Asia flow across the stalls.
Over 30 of Canberra’s favourite market shops in one convenient location ensure that there is something for every taste and budget.
Belconnen Fresh Food Markets have 31 specialty stores. Come and enjoy the ambience of spruikers offering competitive prices, delicious flavours and aromas, and a cornucopia of fresh produce.
There is a smorgasbord of market-fresh, one-stop shopping coupled with friendly customer service. Have lunch in one of the restaurants or cafés. For the food enthusiast, tasting tours are available on request.
Visit the Southside Farmers Market. Learn more about the food you are buying by talking to the food producers on site.
Drop in any Sunday from 9am till noon and have a look around. You will find biodynamic beef, free range eggs, fresh flowers, organic vegetables, freshly baked bread, fresh coffee and more.
Hartley Hall Markets are held on the first Sunday of the month (January excluded) from 10am till 3pm. There are up to 300 stalls offering a variety of products including food, locally grown vegetables and fresh produce, baked goods, plants, furniture, clothing, pottery, children’s toys, arts and crafts, unique gifts and more.
Stroll among the trees, stay for lunch and enjoy the fresh air, live entertainment and children’s activities.
This fine family friendly market is proudly organised and operated by Hartley Lifecare.
All information sourced from Visit Canberra: http://visitcanberra.com.au/attractions/find/shopping-and-markets