Shopping in Brisbane

Shopping in Brisbane City is a little different, as the city has a car-free heart. Brisbanes downtown core is a pedestrian only shopping spot called the Queen Street Mall.

It has been closed to cars and made into a pedestrian only zone. Queen St is actually more than one Mall, it's about nine malls joined by Queen Street.

Down the center of the street are restaurants that are just great for sitting and watching the world go by. There are also kiosks selling newspapers or providing travel information.

Usually, there are buskers playing and performing too. If you're fortunate to be there near Christmas, you can take in the Santa Claus parade, which has an Australian twist. 

© Lance | Flickr - Queen Street Mall

Queen Street lies in the center of the downtown area, or Central Business District... also known as the CBD.  You can see the CBD shown above, in this photo taken from on board a CityCat on the Brisbane River.

The Mall also has a large tourist information center which can help you plan your stay in and around Queensland.

If you need to pick up last minute souvenirs, need groceries for the week, or are looking to pick up some great Australian style outfits then the Queen St Mall is for you. See our articles on the Queen Street Mall and Queen Street Mall Brisbane  as they may be able to help meet your demands.

There are many buildings of historical significance that were built in the past, and that have been restored and reused for various purposes. One such example is the Old Customs Building shown below.

Shopping in Brisbane, old Customs building

© Michael Zimmer | Flickr - Old Customs Building Brisbane

Another great shopping area is Chinatown. Brisbane's Chinatown, while small, is bursting with culture and festivity. Since 1987 this other outdoor mall has been open as an official cultural center, and incorporates both new and old traditions within its boundaries.

Other shopping centres include the Chermside and Stafford City Malls. For more outdoor shopping, visit our page for Brisbane markets.

Even if shopping is only part of your reason for visiting Brisbane, you'll want somewhere to stay that's central. For the best hotels in and around the CBD, visit our page 5 Star Hotels or our page Accommodations.

And you'll certainly need somewhere to eat. Try the restaurants featured on our pages of restaurants at South Bank, Milton, Paddington and St Lucia, and even more City and Fortitude Valley.

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