Canberra’s new shopping capital, Braddon, is bursting at the seams with Australian designer fashion, unique boutiques and pop-up stores. We give you our top shops to visit that are all just a short walk from the Avenue Hotel!
Queens of the Canberra floral world, Lou Lou & Belinda are two best friends with the biggest hearts who established their Lonsdale Street based florist, Moxom & Whitney back in 2012. Walk into their store and you will find yourself immersed in absolute floral heaven, greeted by a team who are sure to put a smile on your dial.
You can be sure you won’t find anything generic at Moxom and Whitney. No pre-boxed arrangements, no cellophane wrapping, just a plethora of stunning florals arranged in a natural, organic state, allowing their beauty to do all the talking.
The team also design and sell terrariums of all styles. Purchase one off the shelf or contact the team and have them tailor one to your liking! Want to learn how to make a terrarium, or a bouquet of flowers? Book in for one of their classes for a night full of giggles, good vibes, nibbles, champagne and a bit of education on the side!
Tip: put ALL of your trust into Lou Lou & Belinda - don’t be too specific, let them build you one of their next level creations. You won’t be disappointed!
Take a step away from the chain stores of the CBD and immerse yourself in one of Braddon’s finest boutique clothing stores. Owner Alicia launched the boutique in 2015, which houses some of Australia’s best designer labels, such as Alice McCall, Camilla and Marc, P.E Nation and Dion Lee. A recent merge between Alicia’s other Lonsdale Street store, Peachy Keen and Rebel Muse will see Rebel now also stocking shoes and accessories, from brands such as Dylan Kain, Jaggar and Superga!
When entering the store, you’ll be automatically taken aback by the inviting set up of the store, with its sleek fit out and monochromatic pallette. The clothing is beautifully presented, with items carefully curated and displayed near complementing styles, making it a dream to browse through and pick the ultimate outfit!
Located in the Ori building on Lonsdale Street, Handsome Pretty stocks a wide range of stunning, unique homewares, gifts and jewellery. With worldly influences, brave colours and inspiring designs, this really is a store like no other in Canberra. They’ve got everything from large scale prints, to scarves, candles and more! Try to leave the store empty handed, we dare you!
A dynamic, unstoppable duo, Tegan and Sianne have taken the Canberra beauty scene and reinvented it. Self proclaimed experts in ‘re-growing, re-forming and re-establishing’ eyebrows, we can guarantee that you will become addicted to your 6-8 weekly visits with these girls. Don’t be fooled, The Lab is so far from just an eyebrow salon.
Offering lash tints, facial waxing, tinting, makeup application, braids, and if you’re lucky, you might even end up in there on a day that the gorgeous shop dog, Italian greyhound Frida, is in store (swoon)! The ladies also stock a fantastic range of beauty products from brands including Becca, Bite Beauty and Pixi, as well as books from Sophia Amoruso, Zoe Foster Blake and more.
Check them out at The Lab website.
Owned by mother and daughter duo, Sharyn and Taylor, Designer Op Shop is a pre-loved and vintage designer clothing and homewares shop located on Lonsdale Street. Step inside the store and you will find yourself in utter vintage heaven. Fur coats, glassware, designer jewellery (hello Hermes!), furniture and more. Allow yourself enough time to meander around the store, we can assure you, you’ll need it!
Influencing Canberra’s fashion scene since 2003, Pink Ink is a retail experience which blends the two worlds of art and design into one. Take one step into the boutique and you’ll soon realise that it truly is something unique. With curated collections from around the world, as well as representing local designers, Pink Ink stocks designers including Max Mara, Karen Walker, By Malene Birger, Vivienne Westwood and Ellery.
On hand are a team of trained stylists who will assist you seamlessly throughout your whole experience at Pink Ink, whether you’re looking for an outfit for a particular event or just in need of a wardrobe update!
There’s something for everyone in the Braddon shopping precinct, even the kids! Look no further than Lellow Kids, a boutique stocking clothing, shoes, toys and gifts for ages 0-14. Owned by a local Canberra mum, the boutique places focus on providing locals with high quality children's wear which is both fashionable and functional. Step inside and you’ll find unique french toys, shoes from brands such as Mini Melissa and Bergstein and clothing from Desigual, Fred Bare and more!
Of course, at approximately five minutes walk away, you have the largest shopping centre in Canberra. With your standard department stores like David Jones & Myer, the Canberra Centre hosts a number of brand names from Hugo Boss, Oroton, Sass and Bide, Swarovski and many more.
Following a recent refurbishment and the introduction of Monaro Mall, the city's newest beauty precinct, you can now shop some of the world’s finest beauty products right here in Canberra! Beauty lovers can find Mecca Maxima, Inglot, Lush, Aveda, Napoleon Perdis and Loccitane stores, alongside a kiosk by The Floral Society as well as new eateries including Japanese restaurant RAKU, set to open in the coming months.
Since its launch nine years ago, I Trip I Skip has well and truly established its place in Canberra as a unique boutique which is home to a wide range of sophisticated fashion and homewares. Sister duo Ana & Diana have a unique eye for style and upon entering their store, this is clear. With labels such as Hunter, Madison Square, Rolla’s and Immoni, you’re sure to find something to suit your style. Plus, there’s no shortage on the accessories at I Trip I Skip! You will be able to create a whole outfit from here, with the staff more than willing to help you curate your perfect look.
Established in 2015, Tip You’re It stocks fashion, furniture and decor for children of all ages, whether you’re furnishing the nursery or dressing your teenagers, they’ve got it all. From skincare for mum and baby to playmats, change tables and backpacks, Tip You’re It stock a range of Australian made products, including Woolerina’s merino baby bodysuits, as well as products from around the world.