Queen Street Mall is a shopping area of central Brisbane for pedestrians only. It consists of nine separate malls set back off the street, each with its own focus and clientele. Here's a brief introduction to them, so you can find out one for you.
1. The Brisbane Arcade, built in 1923, is a heritage listed building worth walking down simply for the stunning architecture and the feeling of being transported back in time. The Arcade's stores, antiques, upscale and elegant designers and jewellery stores, reflect that grandeur. Its three floors hold everything from clothes to house wares, major attractions are Bora and Tengdahl.
2. Broadway on the Mall is more for the young and contemporary. Just past the Brisbane Arcade, Broadway has over 70 stores on four levels and includes Harvey Norman, Milque and Red Square.
3. MacArthur Central is found at the end of Queen St and features two big chains in Woolworths and Big W. Nearby you'll also find high end fashion along Edward St, including Polo Ralph Lauren and Watches of Switzerland.
4. For sportswear, the Queen Adelaide Building is the place. This former convict barrack, located across from the Myer Centre, holds the Adidas Performance Centre as well as Rebel Sport and A-Mart All Sports.
5. In 2008 David Jones opened its biggest one location store, with much celebration, in the Queens Plaza near the top of Queen Street Mall. This end of the mall holds the more prestigious fashion stores including Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. Starbucks is also nearby and always full of people resting after a long day of shopping.
6. One of the oldest sections of the mall is the Tattersall Arcade. Built in 1926 it was refurbished in 1997, holding on to many of the features that made it an exclusive Racing Club in its early beginnings. Here you'll find specialty stores like Marcs and Hunt Leather.
7. The largest mall along Queen Street is the Myer Centre. It houses 200 stores on six floors and also a movie theatre. Among the too many to name all of them, you'll find Target, Myer, a food court, and many other contemporary stores.
8. Near the Hilton Brisbane Hotel you will find the Wintergarden, a mall with over 90 stores including a health club, restaurants, R.M Williams, and Mambo.
9. Near the centre of Queen Street, where it intersects Albert Street, is the Q&A Building which holds Guess and Aldo, among others.
Queen Street's boundary streets also hold retail treasures from boutique and specialty stores to delightful cafes to take a break from a day of retail therapy.
When you've been around only a few of the 'malls-within-a-mall', you'll want a break. Fortunately, Queen St has the answer with plenty of restaurants to choose from. Three 24 hour restaurants, The Pig and Whistle, Jimmy's on the Mall, and Milano's, run down the centre of the street. And, of course, many of the malls have their own food courts. And finally, if that isn't enough shopping for you, go on a Wednesday when the farmer's market is open -- between 11am-6pm at the top of the mall.
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Paul C James
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