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Indulge yourself with a long day of shopping. Let your tour of the city take you from department stores and shopping centres to arcades and laneways and the flagship stores of edgy Victorian designers. In the regions, discover fresh local produce and unique souvenirs. For fresh food, irresistible treats, unique gifts and endless bargains, there's nothing like a market –and Melbourne has them scattered across the city. No matter what you are looking for Melbourne has an unbeatable variety to fulfill all your shopping desires.

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Feeling the need to shop till you drop? Melbourne is renowned for having some of the most glamorous, trendy and luxurious spots to shop catering for all your shopping needs and wants. No matter where you are staying there will be a fantastic shopping experience not too far away. You’ll find everything from high end fashion labels to cute alternative artsy boutiques. If you are looking for a shopping destination, we can help. Here is our list of the biggest and best shopping destinations and different reasons why we love them all.

Tuck your Penguin Classic into your back pocket, scuff those shoes and adjust your specs: you're entering the home of Melbourne's creative elite and the stomping ground of the city’s fashionistas. Hark at the bars, design stores, writers' studios, galleries and boutique fashion outlets. Be dazzled by the choice of local and international fashion between Swanston and Elizabeth streets, the heart of Melbourne's original 'rag trade'. Check out Arabella Ramsey on Flinders Lane, get duds for the dudes at Incu and try not to drool at Lenko and Alice Euphemia in Cathedral Arcade, a haven for experimental designs by young and emerging designers, there’s always something to challenge or delight.

You may know Collins Street proper for its designer stores in heritage buildings, five-star hotels, private clubs and exclusive jewellers. It boasts its very own 'Paris End' and is often referred to as 'the top end of town'. Head in this direction for the flagship stores of Chanel, Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton. For more relaxed shopping stroll west where bustling retail centres like two3four and Australia on Collins house many chain and concept stores.

Take a deep breath and dive into the bustling hive of commerce that is the Bourke Street Mall, emerging hours later, arms laden with shopping bags and head reverberating with the sounds of the street's lively buskers. Melbourne's retail heart links Swanston and Elizabeth streets and is only open to trams and pedestrians. Listen out for the bells of approaching trams as you drift between department stores.

Markets are a huge part of Melbourne’s culture. From the most delicious fresh food to gorgeous fashion, Melbourne’s Markets are a great place to shop, especially if you’re watching your dollars. Queen Victoria Market is the biggest and oldest, located at the northern end of Swanston Street, the main street in the city. Following that, check out Prahran Market (right in the heart of the Southside gay area) and South Melbourne Market in the business district.

Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market It can be easily accessed by the 55 tram, and is a must-do no matter what your aim is in Melbourne.

This gigantic swap market has everything from inexpensive souvenirs to Alpaca sweaters at $150 per pop.

This is one of the largest markets of its kind in the world, and you just will not get through the entire thing in one day.

Aside from the clothing and stuff, they have a huge area of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. Forget the grocery store; this is where you want to shop for food if you have a room with a kitchen.

Swanston Street
Swanston Street Not listed inside all of those tourist brochures, but will become one of your favorites.

Just north of the Flinders Street Station are bargains galore ready to jump into your shopping bag. Do go down into the basement shops.

There are a few clothing spots down there with unbelievable deals. Swanston is also a great spot to grab souvenirs a bit cheaper than other spots in Melbourne.

Bourke Street Mall
Bourke Street Mall Is not really a mall in the American sense of the word; rather it is a section of Bourke Street full of stores, with Swanston Street dissecting it down the middle.

If you are looking for up-scale clothing and trinkets, then this is one of the spots you want to spend a day wandering through. David Jones is here, Melbourne’s answer to Macys.

Chapel Street
Chapel Street Miles and miles and miles of stores. It is an eclectic area spanning second-hand shops to exclusive Australian designers.

The best bet here is to plan to go up one side of the street one day, then go back the next day and work the other side of the street.

No matter what it is you are looking for, you will find it here. Luckily, there are just as many eateries to sit and regenerate in between bursts of shopping.

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