Your Guide to the Best Shopping in Australia

Parlour X, Sydney

Looking for designer fashion and accessories, unique local treasures or a fabulous beauty buy? These Australian boutiques have it all. 

Sydney

Parlour X

Parlour X, Sydney

Housed in a converted church in upmarket Paddington, this boutique is dedicated to luxury designer fashion. Curated by Sydney stylist Eva Galambos, the garments range from creative to classic and include labels such as Commes des Garçons and Proenza Schouler, plus a large selection of Céline. Shop here for a pair of heels from Saint Laurent your friends won’t have and the Balenciaga logo tote bag that everybody wants right now.
261 Oxford Street, Paddington

Incu

For men, this is the place to go for a button-up Maison Kitsuné shirt for weekends, a stylish A.P.C. backpack and a cool wallet or belt. Many casual and chic pieces here go together easily – you could find a whole outfit, including leather skater shoes by Common Projects. Directly opposite the men’s boutique, still inside The Galeries arcade on George Street, the women’s store has a similarly smart collection.
Men’s: shop RG 19-20; Women’s: shop RG 23-24, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney

Désordre

This fabulous boutique stocks clothing, shoes and accessories from international brands and popular Australian designers such as Ellery and Dion Lee. From swimwear to bridal and adorable Sophia Webster shoes for little girls, Désordre specialises in key pieces that help create a signature style.
323 South Dowling Street, Darlinghurst

Tuchuzy

This is where Bondi’s influential cool kids shop. Street-style labels such as Rag & Bone mix with contemporary feminine dresses by Sir and Suboo swimwear. Tuchuzy is especially good for accessories that perfect the beach look: delicate Star Sign necklaces from Reliquia, metal-detailed belts from Dylan Kain and Lack of Color hats that can be worn at the beach, in the city or in the bush. Need a gift? Consider the luxurious Lumira candles.
Shop 11, The Beach House, 178 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

Melbourne

Shifting Worlds

Shifting Worlds, Melbourne

This space feels more like a gallery than a store, with the design focus that Melbourne is famous for. The fashion is fun, with luxurious but casual pieces from Jil Sander and Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please line next to patterns and frills from London label Shrimps. You can also shop for crystals, candles, ceramics and other collectable objects that will always remind you of your trip to Melbourne.
Level 1, 187-193 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Mecca Cosmetica

Mecca beauty emporiums – stocked with in-demand skincare, cult make-up brands and niche perfumes – are located all around Australia. At this busy store in Chadstone Shopping Centre, find the exclusive Trove collection of brands including Mila Moursi and Angela Caglia from Hollywood’s hottest skincare experts; cute candles by designer Anya Hindmarch; Ellis Brooklyn fragrances and rainbow nail polishes by celebrity manicurist Jin Soon.
Shop 481, Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone

Marais

This Melbourne fashion destination has two city locations: one for men; the other for women, both stocking cool designer clothing, bags, shoes and accessories from French luxury brands. Gentlemen, find T-shirts and trousers by Balmain. Ladies, visit the glamorous main boutique for Givenchy and your new favourite heels.
Men’s: First Floor, Royal Arcade, 314 Little Collins Street; women’s: 73-77 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Somedays

Somedays, Melbourne

Backpacks and handbags, denim, sandals, jewellery, fragrances and coffee table books – men and women will find exactly what they need, and a whole lot more to want, at this diverse shop. A lot of the pieces have a Nordic feel, although the designers are local as well as from all around the globe.
Shop LG27A, Emporium Melbourne, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Brisbane

Samantha Ogilvie

Samantha Ogilvie, Brisbane

The team of personal stylists at this bright, cheerful boutique can expertly guide you through the collection of labels including Diane von Furstenberg, See By Chloe and MSGM to find a head-to-toe look. The clothing range favours colour and the shoes, by brands like Loeffler Randall and Tabitha Simmons, are fabulous. Add new Gucci sunglasses and you’re ready to go.
Shop 10, Centro on James, 19 James Street, Fortitude Valley

Calexico

Director Nicky Chapman handpicks key fashion pieces for every season, including lingerie, shoes, bags and accessories. There are about 80 brands available, such as Isabel Marant, Equipment and AG Jeans as well as shoes by Gianvito Rossi and Philippe Model. Across the road, Calexico’s menswear store is just as good.
Shop 7, 46 James Street, Fortitude Valley

Apartment

A hub for men’s and women’s street style as well as cool homewares, this neat, central boutique also stocks Comme des Garçons fragrances and wallets, as well as brands such as APC, Neighborhood and Norse Projects. If you’ve been after the gym bag from the Gosha Rubchinskiy x Adidas collaboration, you have a good chance of finding it here.
Level 1, 115 Queen Street Mall, Brisbane

Gold Coast

Harrolds

Harrolds, Gold Coast

This is what lovers of designer fashion call heaven. The glamorous, boutique-style department store stocks a stunning selection of the big names – from Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent to Dries van Noten and Tom Ford – for women and men. In-store stylists can help you find the perfect pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes or an exclusive Creed perfume to complement your style – phone ahead and they can even call in pieces you might like from other Harrolds locations around Australia. Made-to-measure suiting sessions are available by appointment, too.
Ground Floor, Pacific Fair, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach

Perth

The Archive

Make room in your suitcase. This bright space close to the beach in Fremantle is a fashion and lifestyle destination – you could easily spend most of a day shopping for standout clothing from Australian brands such as Bec and Bridge, Camilla and Marc and Viktoria & Woods. You’ll also find Sol Sana shoes, cute leather bags, sunglasses, jewellery and gorgeous gifts for everyone back home.
23 Market Street, Fremantle

Cabinet Noir

Sneaker fans will find coveted Off-White high tops and a fresh selection from Nike, Air Jordan and Lacoste at Cabinet Noir, one of the city’s coolest men’s boutiques. The clothing range includes upmarket casual pieces by designers like Thom Browne, Public School and Alexander Wang, plus you can accessorise with eyewear by Gucci. There’s a great choice of homewares for gifting, too.
Shop 14, Shafto Lane, 872-884 Hay Street, Perth

Elle

Designer brand hunters can head to this popular Nedlands boutique for personal styling, made-to-measure fashion and a progressive collection of clothing, shoes and bags from labels such as Chloé, Balmain, Valentino, Stella McCartney and Moncler. Whether you prefer monochromes, minimalism or bold colour and print, you’ll find something you love.
56 Weld Street, Nedlands

The Annex Mt. Hawthorn

A “fashion sanctuary” in the emerging Mount Hawthorn area, The Annex makes shopping an experience, with artwork, flowers and, of course, a list of leading international designers. Discover beautiful womenswear and swimwear, unique jewellery and shoes from Superga. If you have a special occasion coming up, the knowledgeable staff can help you put together the perfect look.
145 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn

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