Dunedin has an amazing kaleidoscope of independent boutiques, nearly all within walking distance of the Octagon. Shop the trendy vintage stores stocked with retro treasures, find a literary gem in one of the city’s many book stores or browse the local designer fashion stores for one-of-a-kind pieces.
Dunedin Fashion and Designwares
Dunedin has a thriving local designer scene with a number of national flagship stores based in the city’s main shopping precincts. Labels of note include Nom*D which can be found at Plume on George Street, Charmaine Reveley, Company of Strangers, Mild Red. Other excellent boutiques with a mixture of New Zealand and International fashion include Bellebird Boutique, New Zealand label Ruby, Hype and Dada Boutique.
Shop for lovely gifts and exquisite locally crafted jewellery at Vull Design, Guild, Blackbird, Debra Fallowfield and Lure, all with uniquely Dunedin pieces amongst other fine wares.
iD Dunedin Fashion Week is an iconic yearly event that showcases the works of New Zealand and international emerging designers. This seven-day celebration of all things fashion includes a number of citywide events and culminates in a catwalk show and awards evening.
Vintage & Antiques
For aficionados of retro clothing, curios and antiques, Dunedin is a literal treasure trove of vintage and second-hand goods stores, tucked away in all corners of the city, just awaiting discovery. Within the beautifully styled stores of Two Squirrels, Preservation Society or Finders Keepers are an astounding array of hard to find vintage threads and accessories. A hunt for high quality pre-loved fashion will lead you to Inside Out and Collectibles, which regularly refresh their second-hand designer stock.
Wrap a scenic drive into a shopping trip and make your way to the bohemian suburb of Port Chalmers, to browse the quirky stores such as Box of Birds, Christiannes and Georgie Girl.
Dunedin’s colourful heritage comes to the fore in the numerous antique and curio stores where you can snap up a piece of history for a song at Taste Merchants, Restore and Arkwright Traders or go high-end at Sue Todd Antiques.
Books & Art
As a UNESCO City of Literature with a large university, books are a vital part of Dunedin’s identity, so it’s no surprise that book emporiums of all kinds can be found here. From the shiny new tomes of the University Book Shop to the well-loved pagesand obscure titles within The Hard to Find Bookshop or Dead Souls Bookshop, there is no shortage of places to satisfy bibliophiles. Each year the Regent Theatre 24-hour Book Sale spurs a frenzy of literature lovers to scour tables piled high with second hand books looking for a bargain.
Something of an artist’s hub, it’s easy to find a new piece for your art collection from one of the many privately-run galleries in the city. A great way to spend a morning in between cafes and attractions, a visit to Gallery De Novo, The Artists Room, Quadrant Gallery, Moray Gallery or Milford Gallery will reward you with a wide spectrum of visual arts from contemporary local and New Zealand artists.
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