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.