Explore Dunedin’s eclectic shopping offering, all set amongst some of New Zealand’s finest Edwardian and Victorian architecture.
Each of Dunedin's many precincts offers a different shopping flavour. Are you after trendy vintage stores, stocked with antique treasures, or would you prefer browsing more upmarket fashion boutiques and modern art galleries? Below is a brief guide to each of the city’s contrasting boroughs.
Discover a designer shopper’s eden on Edinburgh Way, located on upper George Street. Here, the boutiques of iconic Dunedin designers rub shoulders with much-coveted New Zealand and international labels. Don’t miss trendy Bellebird Boutique, New Zealand label Ruby and the long-established Slick Willy’s, which was created as a necessary alternative to ‘the fashion crimes of 80’s department stores’. When you’re thirsty, stop for refreshments at Kiki Beware or the iconic Modaks. At the end of the day, visit the tiniest bar in the universe, Mou Very.
If eccentric vintage stores are up your alley, head to Lower Stuart Street and explore an eclectic mix of vintage boutiques and unique eateries. Pick up second hand jewellery, designer handbags, unique art & more at Finders Keepers, or head to Doodlefish Creative Boutique for quirky gifts and homewares. There’s top notch restaurants on offer here too – Josh Emmet’s Madam Woo opened this month, and joins French Bistro and Jistu as good options for a delicious meal.
The heart of Dunedin; the Octagon is the social and entertainment district of the city. While shopping here is limited, it’s a great place for a pint or a glass of wine amidst striking heritage buildings at the end of the day.
A short stroll from the Octagon, discover a treasure trove of contemporary design stores, fashion boutiques, art galleries and jewellery workshops when you visit Moray Place. Bright and cheery vintage shop The Preservation Society is teeming with cool threads and glam dresses from the 1920’s, while Vull Design stocks beautiful interior goods. There are also many other hidden gems on this street.
Undergoing an exciting revitalisation project with restaurants and galleries unique to the city, this entire area is surrounded by the Street Art trail. The city embraces street art, with a growing number of blank walls being transformed into works of art by international artists like ROA (Belgium), Pixel Pancho (Italy), Natalia Rak (Poland) and Mica Still (NZ). View the street art map here. Explore the Chinese Garden or stop in for a Bookbinder’s workshop at Dutybound.
Rummage for vintage treasures by the seaside at Port Chalmers, a short drive from Dunedin City. Explore Ralph Hotere’s sculpture garden, art galleries, craft stores and plenty of vintage boutiques. When you need to rest your legs, kick back and enjoy the local flavours at one of the many great cafes in the port.