Shop ‘til you drop at Ipswich’s best eclectic stores

Pick up gifts for someone special, or yourself with this handy shopping guide to some of Ipswich's most eclectic stores
29 Mar 2024
Ashleigh Howarth, Freelance writer

From marvellous fashion finds to charming novelty items, special one-of-a-kind products and rare antiques, Ipswich is a great place for any shopaholic to shop ‘til they drop.

One of the city’s best shopping districts is the Top of Town Precinct, which caters to every taste and budget.

Oh! JoJo Boutique

Fashion enthusiasts will love browsing the latest trends at Obsession Shoes, which carries overseas cult brands, while Oh! JoJo Boutique stocks clothing, accessories and jewellery.

For the little ones, Cute to Boot features an adorable range of baby clothes, toys and nursey items.

Soul Cauldron

Those who are seeking to bring a little magic and positive energy into their lives, The Soul Cauldron in the Old Flour Mill building sells tarot cards, dream catchers, lanterns, spell kits, incense, diaries and more.

In addition, Ulli’s New Age Rockz in nearby Tulmur Place stock a wide range of crystals, oracle cards, books, candles, oils and herbs.

Rare and Pretty Dolls

Whether you are a collector, a big kid at heart, or hoping to find that perfect gift for someone special, you can’t go past Rare and Pretty Dolls. Here you will find everything from vintage toys such as Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony and Polly Pocket, to new characters like Barbie, Bratz, Disney, Monster High and Magic Mixies.  Rare and Pretty Dolls is located inside Arttime Gallery and Fine Art Supplies, which also has a great range of artisan and art products.

Dark Magician Games

Just a short walk around the corner is the hobby store Dark Magician Games where you can find popular items like Dungeons and Dragons, YuGiOh, Pokemon, pop vinyls and action figures.

Plants and planters from Embers and Twine

One of the best places in the Top of Town precinct for unique and handmade gifts is Embers and Twine, where you can fill your shopping bag with items such as candles, melts, bath salts, sonic diffusers, organic tea, teapots and cups.

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If you’re looking to decorate, or wanting to find that one-of-a-kind item, the Ipswich Antique Centre is a haven for vintage pieces just waiting to find life in a new space. Pre-loved antiquities include furniture, art, China and ceramics, glassware and more.

The Black Museum

In the nearby country town of Marburg, just a quick 20 drive from Ipswich Central, are two more stores that are well worth a visit. First is The Black Museum, which houses quality antique and contemporary furnishings with unique lighting, decor and art in the mix.

Lastly, The Soul Nook Collective, which is located inside an old church, is a popular destination on weekends for shopping, coffee and live music.

Ashleigh Howarth Freelance writer
Ashleigh Howarth is a journalist with more than 12 years experience in the media industry. Her passions include travelling, dessert bars, cocktails and attending music concerts. She aims to inspire others to unlock their own sense of wanderlust to explore this beautiful big world, whether that be on a local or more global scale. You can keep up to date with her stories by following @journo_ash_ on Instagram.

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