Shopping in Canberra

When you are in Canberra, definitely you will be looking for unique Australian souvenirs in order to enhance your anticipation for the trip and also keep the memories after you are back in your hometown. One of the souvenir shops in Canberra that you should visit is the Canberra Antiques Centre (37 Townsville Street in Fyshwick) where you can find local sellers and also sellers from other states displaying their unique collections ranging from Australian souvenirs to art deco, silver collections, art glass, kitchen wares, Shelley, Clarice Cliff, Carlton Ware, Royal Doulton, wooden furniture, and Canberra's best range of vintage and retro clothing and accessories.

Other places include the Hall Market which is the largest home-grown, home-produced, and hand-made market which offers up to 500 stalls. These stalls offer high quality arts and crafts, timber products, leather-work, pottery, hand knitted items, children's toys, leather-work, silver jewellery, honey, pewter, chutney, jam, cakes, vinegar, fruits and vegetables, animals, plants, live poultry, worm farms, as well as food and drinks.

You will able to find large shopping centres once you enter The Civic district situated in the central of Canberra which consist of spreading pedestrian shopping precincts, shopping malls designed with style and elegance, plus also department stores such as both Myers and David Jones department stores, a good variety of speciality shops, jewellers, galleries, antique shops, restaurants, street cafes and also street entertainment. There is also the Canberra Shopping Centre which is large and stylish indoor mall housing up to 200 retail outlets located along the City Walk within the district. It offers many outstanding fashion boutiques, variety brands of clothing shops, home-ware outlets, department stores, a food court, gift shops and souvenirs of Canberra, a large car park and excellent shopping facilities which include wheelchair access for the disable.

City Walk is a paved pedestrian walk area within the Civic District and it intersects along with Garema Place, and also Petrie Plaza. You will be able to walk around the area without to worry about oncoming vehicles and along the walk there is also the ever popular Canberra Merry-Go-Round, the Centrepoint arcade, Canberra Centre shopping centre and the Canberra Times fountain. Besides that, you could also see street performers, and events such as the Canberra Multicultural Festival. The Canberra Centre is where you will be able to enjoy shopping until you drop with three major department stores within the Centre, a discount department store, major supermarket, plus over 200 speciality outlets that you can shop from.

Belconnen is a mere 10 minute drive to the north from the Central Business District (CBD) of Canberra and it is a major commercial centre which also includes Westfield Shopping Centre. It is surrounded by light industrial and also major Government Departments. Accessibility is made easy through public transport via the Belconnen bus interchange and apart from that the Centre also offers up to 210 speciality stores and services for its visitors including child minding facilities, plus more than 2,800 free parking available for cars.

There is also the Erindale Shopping Centre situated in Wanniassa between Denigan Street and Grattan Court, one of the suburban areas in Canberra. It offers variety of retail and service outlets namely Woolworth’s supermarket and a St. George Bank branch. The Manuka and Kingston shopping centres is a 1920s design malls just within a five-minute walk between both of them. The Centres offers local and international designer labels, antique shops, gourmet food, high quality home-wares and fine jewellery stores. If you like big brands and best bargains, do visit the Direct Factory Outlet (DFO) located on the corner of Canberra Avenue and Newcastle Street in Fyshwick. It is an outlet shopping mall that offers variety of home-wares, sporting goods and fashion. DFO is a large warehouse building with well designed interior to accommodate its stores and retail outlets. This is the place where you can purchase up to 70% off for more than 100 leading Australian and international brands. By just walking for a few minutes from the city centre, you will able to come across Braddon where you would be able to discover Canberra own local designers, stylish Australian fashions, unusual hand-crafted gifts and home-wares, outdoor retailers, galleries, art supplies and a boutique book store. Braddon is situated uniquely amongst car yards, restaurants and hairdressing salons.

If you are tired of seeing the modern shopping malls, create a new experience by visiting Canberra’s numerous markets namely the Gorman House Market on Ainslie Avenue, the Old Bus Depot Flea Market on Wentworth Avenue, in Canberra's Kingston district, Hall Markets at the Hall Showground in Hall, and Belconnen Fresh Food Markets on Lathlain Street.

The Gorman House Markets opens every Saturday starting from 10 am to 4 pm displaying lots of organics products and also fresh food from all over the world. With the heritage listed Gorman House as its backdrop, you will also able to experience walking in an undercover walkways, sunny courtyards and magnificent hawthorns. Some of the items on sale at the market include vintage treasures, second-hand books, jewellery, international foods, artistic creations & supplies, Organic handicrafts, produce & products; New, retro & second hand designer clothes; Free Children's entertainment; Community Stalls; Fabulous coffee & scrumptious cake, plus also Live music & performance.

The Old Bus Depot Markets which has received multi award-winning recognition opens every Sunday offering visitors with mix of hand-crafted jewellery, art, clothing, furniture and regional food and wine produce. Meanwhile, on Saturday there is the Capital Regional Farmers Market that sells variety of fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers, seafood, meat and cheeses.

If you like to do charity work, the Hall Markets is definitely the place to be where all of the activity done at the market will proceeds to the Hartley Lifecare Inc, formerly known as the ACT Society for the Physically Handicapped in order to care for children and young adults have severe physical and multiple disabilities including cerebral palsy and spina bifida. The Hall Market is also well-known as the largest Hand made, Home grown, Home produced market in the whole of Australia. The market opens on every first Sunday of the month except for the month of January.

Belconnen Fresh Food Markets is the place where you can find fresh food with 31 speciality stores offering reasonable prices, along with variety of delicious flavours and aromas, plus also a cornucopia of fresh produce.

If you come to All Things Chocolate situated at shop number 19 Cusack Centre in Eyre Street, Kingston, you can find all the things that are related to chocolates. You would be able to enjoy on delicious hot chocolate drinks, coffee and also other beverages, cakes and pastries, chocolate making supplies, chocolate recipe books, chocolate-themed home-wares and fondue sets, variety types of chocolates in unique flavours such as passionfruit bites, chilli chocolate, strawberry kisses and espresso cups, plus also classes that you can attend to learn how to make regular chocolate.