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A Locals Guide to the Best Shopping in Canberra

Canberra is setting itself as a fashion and shopping destination among the likes of Sydney and Melbourne, showcasing an extensive range of boutique and modern fashion stores. Whether you’re in Kingston, Manuka, Fyshwick, Braddon, the CBD or anywhere in between, we’ve put together a line-up of the best shopping spots in Canberra!

         

Braddon & Canberra CBD


Images via Canberra Centre, Assemblage Project & Pink Ink Boutique

The Canberra CBD is home to some of the most iconic shops and retailers in the capital, while Braddon is bursting at the seams with Australian designer fashion, unique boutiques and pop-up stores. Luckily Avenue Hotel is just a short walk away from these shopping districts so you can splurge in style. 

If you are looking to update your wardrobe, Mussen Boutique, Pink Ink Boutique, Itrip Iskip and Assemblage Project are some of our favourite boutiques in the area that are definitely worth checking out. Located in the heart of the city is The Canberra Centre where you’ll find a stunning range of specialty stores. 

On the hunt for gorgeous giftwares, stylish homewares or intricate homemade jewellery? The Hive and Trove Canberra has an abundant selection of handmade crafts, fine art and unique designs sure to suit every taste and budget. 

    

Our picks for the best fashion stores in Braddon & Canberra CBD: 
    

Mussen Boutique


Images via Mussen Boutique / Facebook

Stocking local and high-end designer pieces, Mussen Boutique, has stylish clothes for women of all ages and sizes. You’ll find homegrown labels such as Wish, Cooper St, Staple the Label, and Bebe Sydney.

Located at 9/9 Garema Place, Braddon

More info at mussen.com.au 

Open Monday & Tuesday 10am till 5pm, Wednesday & Thursday, 10am till 6pm, Friday 10am till 8pm, Saturday 10am till 4pm & Sunday 11am till 3pm.

   

Pink Ink Boutique


Images via Pink Ink Boutique

Stocking global designer brands, Pink Ink Boutique is a hub in Canberra’s luxury fashion scene. Their curated collection features local and international designers such as Max Mara, Karen Walker, Vivienne Westwood and Ellery.

Located at 130/24 Lonsdale Street, Braddon 

More info at pinkinkboutique.com.au   

Open Monday 11am till 5pm, Tuesday through Friday 10am till 5:30pm & Saturday 10am till 4pm. Closed Sunday.
   

itrip iskip


Images via itrip iskip

Owned by two fashion-forward sisters, itrip iskip is a gorgeous off-beat boutique that offers a wide range of sophisticated fashion and homewares. With labels such as Hunter, Madison Square, Rolla’s and Immoni, you’re sure to find something to suit your style. 

Located at 63/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

More info at itripiskip.com 

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am till 4pm & Sunday 11am till 3pm. Closed Monday.
  

Assemblage Project


Images via Assemblage Project

Assemblage Project specialises in sustainable and timeless fashion pieces that last through time and trends. Amongst their selection includes Pure Pod, Edition, Karen Lee, Marilou Chagnaud Cork Bags. 

Located at 30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

More info at assemblageproject.com 

Open Tuesday through Friday 11am till 5pm, Saturday 10am till 4pm & Sunday 11am till 3pm. Closed Monday.
   

Canberra Centre


Images via Canberra Centre

Only a short walk from Avenue Hotel, The Canberra Centre is the city’s largest shopping centre boasting an outstanding portfolio of fashion labels, award-winning restaurants and an amazing array of things to do. The shopping centre houses the likes of David Jones, Myer, Hugo Boss, Oroton, Sass and Bide, Swarovski and many more well-loved local and international brands. 

Located at 148 Bunda Street, Braddon

More info at canberracentre.com.au

Open Monday through Thursday 9am till 5:30pm, Friday 9am till 9pm, Saturday 9am till 5pm & Sunday 10am till 4pm.
    

The Hive


Images via The Hive

The Hive has become increasingly popular due to its unique selection of arts, crafts and homewares. The Hive also celebrates local talent by hosting regular exhibitions that feature new and emerging artists.

Located at 58/30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

More info at facebook.com/thehivelonsdalest

Open Monday through Thursday 10am till 5pm, Friday 10am till 5:30pm & Saturday & Sunday 10am till 4pm.
    

Trove Canberra


Images via Trove

Looking for something unique to add to your home? Specialising in fashion and homewares, Trove is a collective space that champions local Canberran talent. 

Located at 25-55 Dickson Place, Braddon

More info at trovecanberra.com.au

Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am till 5pm, Closed Monday & Sunday.
   

Moxom + Whitney


Images via Moxom + Whitney

Moxom + Whitney is dedicated to crafting locally sourced and handcrafted floral and botanical arrangements for any occasion. To top it off, they also create custom terrariums complete with miniature figurines!

Located at 30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

More info at moxomandwhitney.com.au

Open Monday through Friday 9am till 5:30pm & Saturday 9am till 5pm. Closed Sunday.

      

Manuka & Kingston


Images via Escala & Old Bus Depo Markets 

Located in Canberra’s inner south, the vibrant precincts of Manuka and Kingston has a thriving market and boutique shopping scene. Explore one of Canberra’s best high-end boutiques, Escala Shoes, sprouting their cutting edge shoe and jewellery designs sourced from the fashion capitals of Europe. Take a stroll along The Lawn and you’ll stumble across Momento Dezigns bringing you all of this season’s glamour and trends under one roof.

If you happen to have a free Sunday in Kingston, you’ll want to visit the award-winning Old Bus Depot Markets where you’ll find hand-crafted wares, locally made clothing and jewellery and delicious bites. 

    

Our picks for the best fashion stores in Manuka & Kingston:
     

Escala Shoes


Image via Escala Shoes 

If the shoe fits, you’re just about guaranteed to find it at Escala Shoes. Here you’ll find European inspired styles designed and crafted in Australia. 

Located at 21 Bougainville Street, Manuka

More info at escala-shoes.com.au 

Open Monday through Friday 10am till 6pm & Saturday 10am till 5pm. Closed Sunday.
     

Momento Dezigns


Image via Momento Dezigns

Home to over 90 of the finest local and international labels, Momento Dezigns serves up an eclectic mix of different frocks and fashion pieces to suit any style and occasion. 

Located at 17 Bougainville Street, Manuka

More info at momentodezigns.com.au 

Open Monday through Thursday 9:30am till 6pm, Friday 9:30am till  9pm, Saturday 9:30 till 5pm & Sunday 10am till 4pm.
    

Old Bus Depot Markets


Image via The Old Bus Depot Markets

Every Sunday hand-crafted homewares, unique fashion finds, and tempting smells of local and international gastronomic delights fill the air at The Old Bus Depot Markets.

Frequented by both locals and travellers, this Sunday market boasts over 200 stalls showcasing one-of-a-kind creations by amazing local talent.

Located at 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston

More info at obdm.com.au 

Open Sunday only, 10am till 4pm. 

     

Fyshwick


Images via Canberra Outlet Centre & The Designer Op Shop Emporium

For something truly unique to add to your wardrobe or homeware collection, head to Fyshwick, located just southeast of the CBD. This commercial suburb has a growing handmade, upcycling, recycling and op-shopping culture that will have you coming back every week!

Canberra Antiques Centre offers a wide-range of unique collectible items while The Designer Op Shop Emporium provides a more luxurious take on vintage fashion and interiors. 

Fyshwick is also home to the Canberra Outlet Centre, where you can shop the sales to your heart’s content. 

 

Our picks for the best shops in Fyshwick:
     

Canberra Antiques Centre


Images via Canberra Antiques Centre

On the hunt for one-of-a-kind, timeless homewares and furniture? The Canberra Antiques Centre is the spot for all things vintage! You could find anything from furniture, jewelry, posters, prints and unique gems you won’t see anywhere else.

Located at 7 Townsville Street, Fyshwick

More info at canberraantiques.com 

Open 7 days a week, 10am till 5pm. 
    

Designer Op Shop Emporium


Images via Designer Op Shop Emporium

A collaborative environment of several small businesses coming together to showcase pre-loved designer fashion, vintage & retro collections, flowers and much more! 

Located on the corner of Barrier & Lyell Street, Fyshwick

More info at dosemporium.com.au 

Open Monday through Saturday 9:30am till 5pm & Sunday 10am-4pm.
   

Canberra Outlet Centre


Images via Canberra Outlet Centre

You’re sure to find a great deal on all the latest and greatest from leading fashion and retail brands at Canberra’s only factory outlet centre. You’ll find major retailers like Adidas, Cotton On, JB HiFi and more. The outlet also houses multiple eateries and cafes so you can refuel after a full day of shopping. 

Located at 337 Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick

More info at canberraoutletcentre.com.au 

Open 7 days a week, 10am till 6pm.