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Adelaide shopping guide – where and what to shop and buy

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Whether you’re looking for a one-stop shopping Mall experience or more content browsing for one-offs and antiques than buying off the peg, there’s something for you in Adelaide. With designer boutiques aplenty, not to mention whole swathes of pedestrianized pavement dedicated to the art of retail therapy, you’ll be able to find whatever you’re after in comfort, from local designers to world-famous labels, hand-crafted jewellery to centuries’ old antique furniture.

Rundle Mall

 

Rundle Mall is the premier place to indulge your shopping impulses, thanks to the sheer scale of it. There are over 500 retailers crammed into this pedestrianized area, and although it only opened in 1976 the setting for this shopping haven are much more historic, with many of the buildings stretching back to the 19th century and providing plenty of Victorian glamor to go with your splurging. Department stores, flower stalls, and everything between – if it’s not here, it probably doesn’t exist. 

Rundle Street

 

Although it’s just to the east of the Mall, Rundle Street is in many ways a world away. If convenience and mass appeal are the Mall’s watchwords, Rundle Street is harder work, and a bit more exclusive, but a must for any fans of vintage threads or the boutique and offbeat. While it’ll stretch your budget more than its bigger, more eye-catching neighbour, the hand-crafted goods and curatorial eye of the stores on this strip more than make up for the extra effort and expense.

 

Norwood Parade

 

If you need a bit of caffeine to fuel your retail therapy, the Norwood Parade could be the ideal place to spend an afternoon. As well as offering the sort of mixture of high end shops specializing in everything from couture fashion to home furnishings, this is a place with a bustling café culture, where kicking back and people watching is every bit as crucial to the shopping experience as the time spent browsing among the racks. There are also plenty of dining options. 

 

King William Road

 

Despite only being a few minutes outside the center of Adelaide, there’s a distinctly village feel to the upmarket shops packed along King William Road. The paved streets are home to a range of fashionable boutiques, where you’ll find homegrown fashionistas wares rubbing perfectly tailored shoulders with big-name imports, creating the ideal atmosphere for some sartorial searching. There’s also a host of homemade jewelry and accessories on offer to add that finishing touch to your new outfit, not to mention plenty of swanky restaurants to wear it to.

 

Unley Road

 

A little more offbeat, and with oodles of charm, Unley Road is one of the homes for Adelaide’s art and antiques fans, with a vibrant trade in prints, restorations, and all manner of one-off pieces making this shopping district well worth the trip. It’s not just about having your head in the clouds or foot in the past though, with lots of fashion, cutting-edge technology, and gifts to suit all occasions waiting for you to splash the cash.