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Shopping in Launceston - Outdoor Markets, Works of Art, and Handicrafts

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Launceston panders to the treasure hunter looking for quality keepsakes and gifts. Brisbane Street Mall is lined with commercial shops and amenities, but in the lanes and streets that surround it you'll find delightful boutique and specialty shops. Admire the craftsmanship of one-off items by local designers and artists, and marvel at the array of honey, sauces, and other gourmet products on offer.

City-centre shopping


Brisbane Street Mall is a small pedestrian strip hosting commercial shops and larger department stores. Not far from here are a few other popular shopping strips. In George Street, you will find specialty shops such as Cocobean Chocolate, which sells handmade Swiss-style chocolates. Sweet tooths should also head to Quadrant Mall and Gourlay’s Sweet Shop, which stocks handmade and imported candies.


  • Cocobean Chocolate, 82 George St., Launceston TAS 7250; Tel: +61 3 6331 7016; Website: Cocobean Chocolate

  • Gourlay's Sweet Shop, 12 Quadrant Mall, Launceston TAS 7250; Tel: +61 3 6331 4053; Website: Gourlay's Sweet Shop

Launceston city markets


Started in 2015, the Yorktown Square night market is held on the last Friday of each month. Featuring various street eats and live music, it has stalls selling local art, crafts, and clothing from small businesses. On Saturdays, head to the Harvest Markets for local and organic produce, and on Sundays try the Esk Markets for bric-a-brac.


  • Yorktown Square Night Markets, Yorktown Square, Launceston TAS 7250; Tel: +61 416 161 729; Website: Yorktown Square Night Markets

  • Harvest Market, 71 Cimitiere St., Launceston TAS 7250; Tel: +61 417 352 780; Website: Harvest Market


Launceston's streets and lanes


Central Launceston’s lanes and streets are a joy to wander. Duck into doorways and discover treats like The Old Umbrella Shop. Spanning 3 generations, 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. At The Sheep's Back, another well-known family-run store, you can pick up quality Australian-made wool products - everything from boots to car-seat covers.


  • The Old Umbrella Shop, 60 George St., Launceston TAS 7250; Tel: +61 3 63319248; Website: The Old Umbrella Shop

  • The Sheeps Back, 53 George St., Launceston TAS 7250; Tel: +61 3 63312539; Website: The Sheeps Back


Launceston art and design wares


Shoppers and browsers alike will enjoy looking for original gifts and artwork in Launceston. You can find all manner of textiles, pottery, prints, and more in shops like The Mill, while also checking out exhibitions from Tasmania’s artisans. At Design Tasmania's shop, enjoy the scents of exquisitely crafted Tasmanian timbers like Huon pine, and browse wooden objects and furniture made by talented local designers. Elegantly designed kitchenware, knickknacks, and jewelry can also be bought here.


  • Design Tasmania, Corner Brisbane and Tamar Streets, Launceston TAS 7250; Tel: +61 3 6331 5506; Website: Design Tasmania

  • The Mill, Ritchie’s Mill, 2 Bridge Rd., Launceston TAS,7250; Tel: +61 3 6331 0777; Website: The Mill


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.


  • Evandale Sunday Markets, Fall Park, Logan Rd., Evandale TAS 7212; Tel: +61 3 6391 9191; Website: Evandale Sunday Markets

  • Tasmanian Glassblowers, 859 Hobart Rd., Breadalbane TAS 7258; Tel: +61 3 6344 6688; Website: Tasmanian Glassblowers