Queen Street provides the perfect open-air shopping environment where you'll be able to fill all of your shopping needs. From big designer brands for extra splurges to sportswear shops and your favourite chain stores, there's something for everyone. Keep reading for our guide for a little inspiration for your next visit to Queen Street. 


The Best Designer Brands 


If you're looking to splurge, lower Queen Street has plenty of designer brands to select from. Check out Gucci's iconic sneakers, pick up a timeless piece from Dior, a cutting-edge piece from Prada, or luxury leather goods from Coach.


The Best for Fashion Staples 


Fashion staples are a must-have addition to anyone's closet! Kookai has a great range of staples to build your foundational wardrobe with. We're also loving Elle + Riley's luxurious cashmere garments for effortless elegance. For menswear, check out Asuwere, selling a carefully curated collection of seasonal staples, or pick up some affordable pieces from H&M


The Best of Activewear


Shop for activewear in the city, and you'll be the trendiest, most comfortable person working out at the gym. Stirling Sports has a great range of well-known brands, including P.E. Nation, Adidas and New Balance or checkout Lululemon Athletica, selling all kinds of athletic wear, lifestyle apparel and accessories. If you'd like to support a New Zealand based company, Icebreaker is a great option. 


The Best Streetwear 


If you're on the lookout for iconic streetwear, try Federation, selling clothes that are the perfect mix of quirk and cool. For a carefully curated collection of sneakers, head to Hype DC; they've got premium, short run shoes alongside timeless classics that never go out of style. Or check out Superdry, a contemporary fashion brand focusing on high-quality products that fuse Americana and Japanese-inspired graphics with a British style. 


The Best Accessories 


Whether it’s jewellery, a bag or sunglasses, accessories can be essential to pulling your look together! 
Walker & Hall stocks high-quality jewellery to spoil someone else.. or yourself! We love Yu Mei for understated luxury and Sunglass Hut for their wide range of stylish sunglasses.


The Best Footwear


If you’re a shoe lover, you’ll be spoilt for choice on Queen Street. You can find a shoe for any occasion at Scarpa, and if you love NZ designers, be sure to visit Nicole Rebstock. Another must-try is the treasure trove of shoes, Pat Menzies, this iconic footwear store has everything from sneakers and street styles to dresses and boots. For comfortable, stylish footwear for men, check out the R.M Williams range.


The Best of Beauty  


Whether you're replacing your go-to products or treating yourself to something new, there's plenty to choose from! Mecca and Sephora are home to the world's most luxurious and coveted beauty products. We're also loving L'Occitane, selling wonderfully addictive beauty, skincare, and home fragrance products.

The Best of Homeware


If you’re on the lookout for homeware goods, there are plenty of shops to add to your list. Creative & Brave has a great range of wall art and living products that support and represent local people. We also love H&M Home for affordable home décor. If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, head to Queens Arcade, where The Kitchen Shop’s shelves are lined with products that you’ll use for years to come. 

The best for gifting


Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when buying a gift, but Queen Street has plenty of stores that are sure to spark some inspiration. You can't go wrong with a beautiful bouquet from Blush, or for an indulgent gift try the fresh handmade cosmetics or bath products from Lush. If you’re shopping for a tea lover, T2 is the place to be, and if you’re shopping for a music lover, Marbecks will be sure to help you out.

The Best All-rounder 


If you love a one-stop-shop, Smith & Caughey’s will be your go-to. Inside you’ll find a wide range of goods that vary from luxury makeup and skincare, top quality and on trend clothing, luxurious lingerie, footwear, and homeware. It really is the best for everything!

Last updated: 05 October 2023