Launceston is a compact city making a shopping experience a pleasant stroll past a mix of locally inspired boutiques, handmade wares, quirky & antique shops specialising in goods sourced from Launceston’s past to the iconic Old Umbrella shop. All this shopping does not need to be tiring as there are numerous cafes interspersed between shopping expeditions to energise flagging spirits. For an excellent shopping directory you cannot go past.
Shop – Launceston Retailers & Specialty Stores is a great guide to retail therapy. Launceston is a treasure hunters delight with second hand shops and antiques marketing the wares of Launceston’s past. Brisbane Street Mall is lined with commercial shops and amenities, but in the lanes and streets that surround it you’ll find owner operated boutique and specialty shops. Pop into a lane to see what is around the corner.
Old Umbrella Shop
The Old Umbrella Shop has been manufacturing and selling umbrellas since the early twentieth century. It is one of the oldest shops in Tasmania, and is recognized by the National Trust heritage association. Here you’ll find souvenirs, crafts, and, of course, umbrellas. A very special shop for lovers of heritage buildings, shops and the glorious gifts inside the store.
Evandale retail therapy
The village-like suburb of Evandale has a surprising number of specialty shops, with wares ranging from finely crafted modern glass objects to antiques and taxidermy. Sunday morning is a great time to visit, as you can peruse the weekly country market for local farmers’ produce, secondhand books, and curious knickknacks and treasures.
So much more than a gallery, Design Tasmania is also an event space, education centre, unique retail outlet, a place where the community convenes and a rotating exhibition space.
Situated on the edge of City Park, later you can contemplate all that creativity whilst strolling through the grounds as our ancestors once did.
Other places to check out if you’re a fan of art and design see:
- Homebody, 68 Charles Street
- Ecoco, 51 Balfour Street
- Red Fox Vintage, 66 Tamar Street opposite Design Tasmania
- Tullochs auction house, 20 Herbert Street, Invermay
- Armitage auction house, 9 Goodman Court Invermay
- The Academy Gallery, 4 Invermay Road
- Queen Victoria Museum, 2 Invermay Road
- Gallery Pejean, 57 George Street
- Sawtooth, 2/160 Cimitiere Street
- Queen Victoria Art Gallery for, 2 Wellington Street
Launceston harvest market
It starts at a civilised 8.30 am and runs till 12.30 pm with a selection of fine fresh local produce, handmade cow and goat milk yoghurts and cheeses, free-range eggs, sourdough bread, Tasmanian cider and beer, farmed salmon and local seafood, chutneys, sauces and much more.
Talk to the locals, grab some breakfast or stock up your self-catering kitchen with local fruit and vegetables.
Launceston city markets
Yorktown Square night market is a local favourite for city workers finishing the week. The market is the last Friday of every month. Foodies delight with street eats and live music, it has stalls selling local art, crafts, and clothing from small businesses.