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With your car safely parked in one of our two secure locations, it’s time to explore some of the shopping opportunities in the Newcastle CBD.
Where do you begin? Newcastle’s streets contain a number of treasure troves offering everything from gifts and fashion to music and books. Read on for our pick of the top 10 shops in the Newcastle CBD.
1. PAPPA SVEN
33 Union Street
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Get a taste of Scandinavia without having to leave Newcastle! Pappa Sven owner Libby spent a year living in Sweden and fell in love with Scandinavian style. Now her shop, which also offers accommodation, has a range of goods: homewares, beauty products and clothing by Scandinavian designers among them.
2. BLACKBIRD CORNER
70 Darby Street
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Want something you won’t find anywhere else? Blackbird Corner is all about locally made and handmade. Since opening in 2006, this husband-and-wife run business has become a Newcastle institution. There’s a lot in there to catch your eye and keep you browsing, including clothing, art books, magazines and greeting cards.
3. FAMOUS ROCK SHOP
517 Hunter Street
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Like the name suggests, Famous Rock Shop is all about the rock! With a range of band t-shirts, alternative brands, vinyl records accessories and whatever else your rock and roll-loving heart desires, it’s a one-stop shop for rockers. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can always get a piercing there as well.
103 Darby Street
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Since opening 16 years ago, Abicus has helped to make Newcastle hipper with its mix of men’s and women’s clothing, sunglasses and vinyl. You can pick up a nice Polaroid camera here too for some instant Newcastle souvenirs.
5. ALIE JANE
212 Hunter Street
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Got a big trip planned? Love polka dots? Alie Jane has some of the funkiest, most fantastic travel accessories you can find, with excellent designs made in-store. Find the perfect item for your big trip with eye masks and neck pillows to shower caps and toiletries.
6. RAMJET ASSORTMENTS
78 Darby Street
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Head over to this boutique to find a delightful selection of clothes including retro and vintage frocks and dresses, cowboy boots and menswear. There’s something for everyone in this Darby Street favourite.
7. HIGH TEA WITH MRS. WOO
74 Darby Street
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Worth a visit for the name alone, this boutique run by three sisters has signature, seasonal and sale items. And they’re all uniquely handmade in a sustainable style.
8. BLUE STAR ELEMENTS
106 Darby Street
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An eclectic gift shop, Blue Star Elements doesn’t just have a wide variety of fashion, candles, jewellery and knick-knacks. It also has a courtyard with shelves full of cacti and succulents.
9. HONEY BEE
162 Darby Street
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Stainless steel jewellery, timber veneer clocks and canoe ceramics are the specialties of this store. All goods are designed in a home studio right here in Newcastle, so you can be assured of getting something unique to take home.
10. BETTY MIM
167 Darby Street
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A local favourite that focuses on independent local designers, the unique and the handmade. Drop in for fashion and gifts, accessories and jewellery that you won’t find at the chain store.