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brisbane shoppingPopular souvenirs to bring home from Brisbane include unique Aboriginal arts and crafts such as paintings, sculptures and decorative accessories. In addition, trays, coasters, mugs and tea towels that display Australia's unique animals -- kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats, cassowary birds and emus -- are very popular buys.

Queen Street, a pedestrian mall stretching several blocks, and the Myer Centre are Brisbane's main shopping venues, with fast food courts among the shops and covered outdoor restaurants in the mall passage. Often, outdoor concerts and musical events take place there, and the locale teems with all ages during late shopping hours on Friday and Saturday.

For more funky and unique finds, check out the Valley Markets, located in Fortitude Valley, where you'll find a mix of contemporary arts and crafts, vintage fashion and retro accessories. The markets are open on weekends.

If you're hunting for antiques, collectibles, fine art, home goods and unique apparel, head for Paddington, where cottages have been converted into charming boutiques. There are plenty of bistros and cafes where you can grab a drink or a bite between shops.
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