Adelaide City Shopping
Words by Marie
is usually pretty simple: find shop, pick clothes, buy clothes. But in Adelaide, you'll find passionate artisans and enthusiasts, down alleys and in basements, just waiting to share their consumable subculture with you.
Rundle Mall - Hub central for consumables
Of course, every
city has a central hub for all things consumable, and Adelaide’s is Rundle
A strip of department stores, high street brands and designer labels too,
the mall is probably the best and most obvious place to begin one’s shopping
As the Mall
extends to the east, the boutique-and-café-lined Rundle Street appears, where
great Australian labels like Zimmerman, Gorman and Sass & Bide reside
alongside independently-owned Adelaide shopping icons Bauhaus and Miss Gladys
find the best surprises come to those who are willing to wander down side
streets and laneways, stumbling upon those passionate about their product. In
Adelaide, there is a culture of quality over quantity. Retailers and producers
prefer to perfect what they’re good at – even if that takes years.
A pocket full of passionate folk
One such pocket
full of passionate folk is Ebenezer Place, which runs just behind Rundle
Street. Here you’ll find Vintage Americana, drool-worthy bicycles and possibly
the greatest denim in the universe.
Adelaide’s culture of creation, local designers and makers get a strong showing
in our retail shops. The state’s artistically talented have the opportunity to
sell their masterpieces in retail gallery Urban Cow Studio, and not-for-profit
organisation, the JamFactory. Despite coming from a smaller city, self-made
designers like Paulo Sebastian, Naomi Murell and Julie White all receive
something fresh and undiscovered about Adelaide,” says Julie. “This will never
be the centre of Australian fashion – but that’s an advantage because we can
produce something more interesting than the obvious stuff that you’ll find in
A little out from the city
A little out
from the city, a plethora of charming shopping streets lie in wait. Norwood
Parade, Unley Road and King William Road offer the best of designer and the
high street, and for those who like something slightly more nostalgic and
granny-approved, Prospect Road and Queen Street at Croydon are magnificent
destinations for vintage treasures as well as one-of-a-kind boutiques.
aficionados will want to dig deeper, so favourites like Pushpin Boutique,
Irving Baby, Hype and Seek and the epically large Antiques Market are
With their lower-end price tags, these four stores alone could eat
up hours of your day – not to mention kilos of your
A lover of all things aesthetic and poetic, Marie Totsikas is currently the Creative Director of City Mag, a freelance writer, stylist and general jack of all trades.
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