Launceston is fast becoming renowned as “the” destination in Tasmania for boutique shopping. Whether your taste lies in the latest fashions, you love homewares handmade by local artisans, or you are more the foodie type, your biggest problem will be finding luggage space on the journey home!
On a drive-through you'll notice the buildings of character, but it's not till you start to explore at a more casual pace that you'll meet the real characters of our city. Our city boasts variety at an intimate scale – a stroll will get you from one side to another with ease, while revealing laneways of hidden treasure. Over the past few years, George St has developed a reputation as a hub for fashion and homewares, but if you venture beyond you will be well rewarded. Boutiques are scattered throughout the CBD, and are popping up on the city fringes – make sure to visit the Quadrant Mall, Balfour St (just outside the CBD), Abbott St in East Launceston, and Trevallyn.
Weekends are ideal for those more inclined to search for a bargain, browsing the bric-a-brac, second-hand goods and locally made. Boardmillls Market showcases talented artisans, crafts, food, buskers, jewellery and Esk and Evandale market stalls, include fantastic local produce, secondhand books, food vans, general bric-a-brac and local crafts. More irregularly, markets specialising in local handmade wares; Niche-Market Bazaar held bi-annually at Albert Hall draw the crowds, displaying the abundant talent that Tasmania has to offer.