The shopping experience on the Sunshine Coast is different than you might expect, but second to none. There are no mega malls with escalators; instead, you’ll find plenty of little enclaves tucked here and there with independent boutiques and shops selling everything from handmade local art and jewelry to sustainable fashion and contemporary housewares. There are also several thrift and vintage stores selling upcycled and gently used items that can’t be found in any big box store.
The region is also home to a plethora of Farmers’ and Artisans’ Markets, offering locally grown food, home baked breads and goodies, and artwork featuring a variety of disciplines. When the holiday season rolls around at the end of each year, you’ll also find craft markets where you might just find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.
It’s the thrill of the hunt for unique treasures that gets locals and visitors alike revved up about shopping on the Coast. The reward in this case is that you’ll create much less waste by shopping ‘small’ and supporting local shops and makers.
While there are stores and boutiques throughout the Sunshine Coast from Langdale to Lund, there are a few specific areas we suggest to visit if you’re looking to explore multiple shops in one outing.
Madeira Park’s Village
Powell River’s Westview/Downtown
Powell River’s Townsite Market
ts'uk̲w'um (Wilson Creek Plaza)
Shopping Finds at Townsite Public Market
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