Fortitude Valley, or The Valley as it is known to locals, was infamously known as Brisbane’s shady and seedy precinct. In recent years however, it has managed to make a name for itself as a home to quirky cafes, up and coming artists, musicians, designers, and indie shopping this side of Australia.
Here is a sampler of what you can find in Brisbane – including the best restaurants:
Indie Shopping Valley Style
Brunswick Street houses Fallow, a shop featuring the best fashion and accessories in The Valley. You can also find Incub8r and Heidi Go Seek near Fallow for gorgeous handmade wares featuring the best handcrafters in the country. Turning a corner to Ann Street, you’ll find more drool-worthy clothing stores such as Dogstar, Akira, Mai-occhi, Blonde Venus, and Babushka Ballerina where you’ll find stunning gowns.
Across the street you’ll see Downes Shoes, known to be one of the oldest enduring shops in The Valley. It has stood in the same location for over a hundred years. Next up is Winn Street, for those who want to experience the most adorable laneway in The Valley. Here you can visit The Outpost for quirky urban wear, Tym Guitars, and an assortment of small shops like the Sunday Social for vintage finds and Atavist Books, and other popup stores. For the ultimate vintage and retro inspired finds, you can check out Trash Monkey.
Other Things to Do in the Valley
Aside from featuring an indie shopping extravaganza, The Valley is also known to be home to restaurants that make it a foodie heaven. And what better way to cap off a day of shopping than to head out and eat, relax, have a drink (or three), and nurse your tired feet?
In addition, should your shopping trip fall on a weekend, you can check out the popular Valley Markets in Brunswick Mall and Chinatown Mall. This weekly event was founded 20 years ago and after much revamping now features up and coming music, art, food, fashion, accessories, and plenty of vintage and handmade wares.
The Valley is one of the most fashionable spots in an already fashionable city. Drop by and eat your heart out – or drink, whichever takes your fancy.