Shopping Around: A guide to avoiding Newcastle’s major shopping centres
If you’re like me, you’re wondering what all the is fuss about large shopping centres. Personally the idea of spending my days off walking around aimlessly with hundreds of strangers and listening to all accompanying noise doesn’t appeal to me. When I’m shopping I would rather see something different than the same dress in every store, get a bit of fresh air and, most importantly, be able to shop in peace. So, why am I spending my day off somewhere that I complain about? Why not just relax at home or at the beach? Well the answer is simple - I love to shop! I love clothes, I love fashion, and most importantly I love individual style. I just don’t love the atmosphere that you get at a shopping centre. - Luka Pollock
Locations and images compiled by Luka Pollock.
Start your adventure off by popping into One Penny Black for a latte. Saunter down the Mall and you'll be pleasantly surprised to find over 30 retail stores such as Sportsgirl, Max Power, Bras n Things, Wanted Shoes, Jeans West and a laidback atmosphere. The Mall is definitely worth a visit.
Turn down Thorn St and explore Before it Began, one of Newcastle's coolest new gems. Run by three young Novocastrian women, Before it Began only stocks local fashion designers and altered vintage clothing. It also doubles as an art studio.
Duck into King Street, where you'll find Pink Metal, a cool space with excellent range of denim, men's tees, accessories and party dresses in brands including Lee, Cassette Society, Stolen Girlfriends Club and Maniamania.
If you're feeling lethargic from dragging around all those bags, drop into Coffee on Crown for a mocha and a muffin before continuing on to Captain Saucy. Leave your menfolk on the sidewalk and search through their range of Seduce, Cooper St, Sass and Honey & Beau.
Congratulations, you've made it onto Darby Street - our mini King Street, Newtown. If you're an out of towner or have been living under a rock, Darby Street is packed with cool cafes, dudes and threads. Rag & Bone encapsulates Darby Street's hip vibe and is currently stocking suza, Does Not Equal, Chronicles of Never Optics, Kosi Kosi, NCAC Denim, Serpent And The Swan, Who Am Eye + more.
With walls adorned with eye-capturing murals, Overt has an extensive range of stock arriving montly, of which 50% is labels that are exclusive to Newcastle. Other brands include Insight, Lee, Religion, Stussy and Analog.
Identifiable from a mile away by their use of intricate beading and embellishments, bright colours, prints and dramatic cuts, Guanabana is a must visit for anyone searching for a show-stopping number that won't break the bank.
Why did the shopper cross the road? To get to one of Newcastle's favourites, of course! Abicus is always jammed full of the season's coolest clothes, shoes and accessories for both men and women. Abicus also stocks a decent range of CDs and LPs and has killer end of season sales.