Old Bus Depot Markets, Canberra, ACT
In Canberra, mega-malls and international labels take second place to a vibrant home-grown shopping scene. The city features markets, boutiques and retail spaces selling regional handicrafts and food and wine fresh from the nearby countryside. Hunt for locally-designed art, jewellery, home wares and fashion along lively Lonsdale Street or trawl hundreds of stalls in the award-winning Old Bus Depot Markets. Wherever you shop in Canberra, you'll find an abundance of local treasures.
Check out the unique art and craft on display in the huge handicraft store in the heart of Canberra. It showcases a wide range of products by local artisans, and is also the venue for a quarterly market selling handcrafted wares. You'll find lots of lovely gifts for children such as dolls houses, puppets, soft toys, wooden toys, charlotte dolls and marionettes. Pick up a musical instrument or an Australian-themed toy, whether it's a koala, kangaroo or witchetty grub.
There is also a huge range of enticing gifts for grown-ups. Shop for vintage jewellery, retro-inspired shoes or white ceramic jugs and jars that evoke rustic French kitchens. Find mock bearskin rugs, gumboots with girly designs, designer armchairs and arresting artworks.
Continue your shopping excursion along nearby Lonsdale Street, which is lined with funky gift stores and fashion boutiques. Pick up elegant candles, a handcrafted handbag or a one-off piece of jewellery. Discover the perfect quirky card, buy a statement-making vase or check out clothes and accessories created by hip Canberra designers