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.


Hunter Street Mall Outlets

Newcastle Visit Hunter Street Mall Outlets 4926 3477

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.

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Before It Began

Upstairs, 14 Thorn St Newcastle Visit Before It Began

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.

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Pink Metal

168 King St Newcastle 02 4023 3867

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.

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Captain Saucy

279 Hunter Street Newcastle Visit Captain Saucy 49271117

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.

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Rag & Bone

37 Darby Street Cooks Hill Visit Rag & Bone 4927 1000

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.

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89 Darby Street Cooks Hill Visit Overt 49261704

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.

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Guanabana Designs

1/115 Darby Street Cooks Hill Visit Guanabana Designs 49261273

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.

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124 Darby Street Cooks Hill Visit Abicus 49297278

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.

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Anna is one of Urban Insider's first contributors. Originally from Maitland, she now calls New Lambton Heights home. She is a second year Law and Communication student at Newcastle University, majoring in Public Relations and a part time retail assistant. Likes include nail polish, yoghurt, kindness, animals and tea. Things that make her tick include dreary days, intolerance, caterpillars and the sound of popping balloons.

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Hey Luka, pop into ‘greg & audrey’s garage’, corner king & bolton streets, next time your ‘in town’…

A great list with some new-to-me shops. I also like the range of clothes from Betty Mim on Darby St. And MakeSpace in the Mall has some lovely skirts.

Odditorium Vintage . Basement 14 Thorn st ,(below Before it Began)
Art . Dead Stuff . Vinyl & Vintage

Don’t forget to pop into Blackbird Corner next time you’re on Darby Street!

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