A Guide to Shopping in Melbourne

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From the Major, iconic branded stores to unique, independent boutiques, shopping Arcades and unique laneways, Melbourne is genuinely a shopaholic’s dream — and if you want a fast energy boost perk you back up during you intense shopping spree (it is entirely exercise), there’s not any lack of adorable coffee shops and trendy suburbian eateries where you can grab a prepared meal in Hawthorn; with its little designer stores to the CBD, with its world renowned franchises and clever little alley way eats!

Brand Outlets

Bridge Road Richmond

Bridge Road Richmond is your very best bet if you’re searching for designer bargains.  Anthea Crawford, Zu, Witchery, Table Eight, Sportsgirl, Review and much more — with lots of bars and eateries nearby to catch a quick-bite, to relax, refuel and continue shopping the entire day.

Smith Street, Collingwood

For cricket, hockey, footy, tennis or basketball apparel or other sportswear, Smith Street in Collingwood is the greatest outlet destination. Here you’ll find big sporting brands like; Nike, Converse, Adidas, Champion, Brooks, New Balance, and Russell Athletics to list a couple.

Smith Street is also your go-to location for all adventure and outdoor clothing with Kathmandu, Mountain Design and Timberland each taking a space in the lively precinct.

Melbourne markets

Rose Street Market: 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy –Open 11am to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays

Soak up the urban vibe at the Rose Street Markets, with everything from art, photography, clothing, jewelry and homewares, located just off Brunswick Street not far from Bell City’s doorstep.  Hint: The brothers behind Fitzroy’s Rose Street Artists’ Market have opened an adjoining cafe; Young Bloods Diner, complete with a breathtaking rooftop view.

Camberwell Market: Station Street, Camberwell — Open 7am to 1pm every Sunday

One of the most popular Sunday markets for junk hunters and treasure collectors alike due to the fact you’re very likely to locate all kinds of stuff such as household products, clothing, toys, books, and more at the Camberwell Market.

Queen Victoria Market: Corner of Victoria and Queen Street, Melbourne — Open from 9am Tuesdays, and Thursday to Sunday

Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere at the largest open-air market this side of the hemisphere. The historic Queen Victoria Market, also known affectionately as ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic’.  With over 150 stalls of international street food, vintage fashion, homewares, wine bars and activities for the kids, the iconic Queen Victoria Market is a shopping spot not to miss on your next Melbourne holiday. For locals it provides a great alternative to supermarket chains and rivals even the most organic fresh food store with a huge range of produce to meet anyone’s needs.

Designer fashion

Collins Street, Melbourne CBD

Label lovers flock to Melbourne to find one-off-pieces by high-fashion designers like Prada, Comme des Garcons, Dolce & Gabbana and Jean Paul Gaultier — most of which you’ll locate at the Paris end of Collins Street.

Chapel Street, South Yarra

There’s so much to love about Chapel Street, the vibrant

Culture, bars, restaurants and countless clothing stores. While you’ll see cruisy local hipsters donning causal wear like thongs, shorts and basketball shirts, several notable designer stores along this vibrant strip include Sass & Bide, Le Louvre, Alice McCall and Manning Cartel — to name a couple.

Laneways and arcades

Al fresco eateries, coffee shops and cosy bars all nestle

Side-by-side in street-art covered laneways throughout our beautiful city, every one

of Melbourne’s arcades has a special character and charm:

Centre Place and Degraves Street

Immerse yourself into a Melbourne postcard scene at Centre Place; where you are able to cross the cobblestones with a new pair of heels or kicks (if you prefer) from Sole Devotion on Degraves Street.

The Block Arcade

Connecting Collins to Little Collins and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne’s Block Arcade is one of our oldest shopping precincts, built in 1891 the stunning mosaic-tile flooring, glass canopies and carved stone walls will take your breath away (while you do a little shopping).

Vintage finds

Home to Melbourne’s broadest Assortment of vintage pre-loved items such as women’s shoes and clothes, the northern suburbs is the best place to discover a particular gift or keepsake. Simply, choose a simple stroll along High Street Northcote, Brunswick Street, Smith Street Collingwood or Gertrude Street Fitzroy to discover a fantastic choice of quirky antique shops.  Among our favourites is Clara Fox where you’ll get a collection of Grace Kelly inspired dresses, silky Audrey Hepburn style gloves, dressy women’s pumps and a lot more.

Independent boutiques

While We love global brands, it is our Australian Independent designers that actually do stand above the rest.  If you concur, go to Dot.COMME on Swanston Street, E.E.S or Left Fashion at Fitzroy, Eastern Market, Capela at Carlton, Godwin Charli at South Yarra or even Akira on Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD to pick up the Great Melbourne outfit.