If you'll forgive the pun and make it inside, you'll love this shop. The front section is devoted to music and music memorabilia but I always head for the back; the mezzanine level is devoted to young designers and second-hand clothes. I can't count the number of times I've asked a friend where they got that fabulous
dress from, and the answer has been Landspeed
is a surprisingly big shop with a huge variety of merchandise: from Marimekko to bacon band-aids, gumboots to swirly skirts. I have a fetish for Third Drawer Down tea-towels
, which I can always get here.
Electric Shadows Bookshop
Electric Shadows Bookshop
is the remnant of Canberra's most loved but unfortunately now defunct art-house cinema. They have a considered range of books and an interesting selection of DVDs and box sets. They also do a range of hire-out flicks, from foreign to cult, that you won't find in any other Canberra video store.
Smith's Alternative Bookshop
I reckon Smith's
has the friendliest (and most passionate) staff in Canberra. Smith's stocks new releases and bestsellers but offer much more. Need a moon chart? Have a love of poetry? They've got your sorted. They also host great literary events. A big up-yours to corporate book chain-stores.
Famous in Darwin
for years, Nomad
has recently opened a gallery in Canberra's Manuka
, specialising in Indigenous art, especially high-quality limited edition prints and craft work. The staff are hugely knowledgeable and super friendly.
stocks a specialist range of classical and jazz CDs as well as DVDs. If they don't have it, they'll order it in for you.
Tucked in behind Essen Café
, this tiny boutique is good for T-shirts and jumpers. From Garema Place, find the sign that says "Garema Arcade" and walk through to Felt
. They always have stacks of street press and flyers to find out what's going on in Canberra.
Down Memory Lane Down Memory Lane
is a Canberra hidden secret tucked in behind industrial supply shops and is full of beautifully selected second hand and antique items at reasonable prices. Perfect for finding a gift for that hard-to-buy-for someone, from books, to clothes and accessories, old-fashioned kitchenware to furniture. Found at the very end of a the Geelong St cul-de-sac off Canberra Ave.
Do you need another pair of imported Italian shoes? No. Will you be tempted anyway? … Probably. Go to Escala Shoes
National Gallery of Australia Shop
shop has the best range of art books in Canberra. They also stock an ever-changing range relating to whatever exhibition is on at the time. If you're looking for a souvenir of Canberra, I recommended the gold and silver miniatures of the NGA's famous pear sculptures. If that doesn’t satisfy, hop across to the National Portrait Gallery Shop
for a beautifully curated range of books, quirky jewels, homewares and gifts.
The guys at itrip iskip
are always on top of the latest fashions but in a slightly quirky way, housing many objects of desire for Canberra's trendy young things. Lonsdale Street in Braddon is home to a smattering of cool stores and is good for an afternoon wander (30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon).
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