This Is Where Aussie It Girls Shop (and Why You Should, Too)

It's been a year since I moved from Sydney to New York, and the reason I'm tempted to plan a vacation back to Australia isn't what you'd expect. Sure, I miss the pristine white-sand beaches that dot the coastline and winter weather that stays above 60 degrees, but one of the things I miss most is the boutique scene. There's a reason Australian bloggers tend to dominate our Instagram feed and always pop up in the best street style shots: They have access to some of the best under-the-radar fashion and lifestyle boutiques and brands in the world.

I might be biased, but a string of new store openings in the last year has started to draw attention to Australia as a leading shopping destination, and each store's layout and design are as Instagrammable as its wares. To start, Lucy Folk's new all-pink Bondi store will make you want to embrace floor-to-ceiling color, and Mister Zimi's Byron Bay boutique will inspire you to decorate your home like a Spanish villa.

Thinking of going Down Under on vacation? These are the 10 It girl–approved stores you don't want to miss.

Have you been to Australia? Tell us which local boutiques and brands you'd add to this list.