Whatever your taste for shopping, or more importantly your budget, Melbourne has the lot! From specialty shops along historic laneways and city arcades to modern multi-storey shopping malls. Melbourne is a Shopping Heaven!
YARRA RIVER – Located on the banks of the Yarra River and at the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct is Southgate. An eclectic mix of art, fashion and homewares shopping mixed with award winning dining and Australia art galleries. Stroll along the riverfront promenade to Crown. As well as the 5star hotel and casino, Crown is designer label paradise – Burberry, Versace, Prada, Louis Vuitton and MontBlanc are all here.
MELBOURNE CBD – as a child it was a huge adventure to head into the city and visit the Myer and David Jones department stores in the Bourke Street Mall. Today there are so many more city shopping options. Melbourne Central has more than 300 stores and its own City Loop railway station – Oroton, Country Road, Morrissey, Marcs, RM Willilams. QV is the newest laneway precinct mixing high-end fashion and lifestyle retailers aimed at inner city dwellers – Domayne, Aesop, Charlie Brown. Even the historic Melbourne General Post Office (now Melbourne’s GPO) has been converted into a serious blend of high level fashion and food – Lisa Ho, Metalicus, Zimmerman, Mimco, Akira. The top, or Paris end, of the tree-lined Collins Street is home to high end jewellery and fashion designers – Georg Jensen, Bvlgari, Tiffany & Co, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Gucci. There are some beautiful historic buildings like the European styled Block Arcade. The Royal Arcade is the oldest shopping arcade in Melbourne and dates back to 1869!
DOCKLANDS – The Docklands is home to the Southern Cross Station and the Direct Factory Outlet store. There are over 120 international and local brands stores here with prices up to 70% off. HarbourTown is Melbourne’s newest shopping precinct. The first stores opened at the end of October 2008 with a mix of brand direct outlets and specialty stores, dining and entertainment.
SOUTH YARRA – Fashion conscious shoppers head to Toorak Road, South Yarra for designer labels, stylish cafes and funky hair-salons. Cutting edge fashion from young up and coming designers can be found along Chapel Street. Step off the main drag along many of the side streets such as Greville Street and Commercial Road for eclectic gifts, jewellery and boutiques.
RICHMOND – Designer factory outlets and seconds shops line Bridge Road and Swan Streets in Richmond – Bendon, Diana Ferrari, Jacqui E, Nine West
FITZROY – Brunswick Street is a source of alternative designer clothes, boho boutiques and alternative cafes and bars.
CARLTON – Lygon Street may be the home of Melbourne’s Italian restaurants, but its also home to designer clothing stores, shoes and giftwears.
MARKETS – Visit the Sunday Market at the Victorian Arts Centre for top quality local art and crafts from over 150 gifted artisans. The St Kilda Esplanade Art & Craft Market each Sunday houses over 200 stalls of quality arts and crafts. Queen Victoria Market in the city is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. There are over 1000 stalls laden with fresh food, souvenirs and crafts open daily except Mondays and Wednesdays.
SUBURBAN MALLS – Some of the largest shopping centres are in Melbourne’s outer suburbs. Westfield Southland has around 490 shops and services with more than 6000 parking spaces. Knox Shopping Centre has its own leisure precinct Knox O-Zone with cinemas, bowling, restaurants, bars and a gym. Chadstone is colloquially known as the ‘fashion capital’ with over 450 designer stores, boutiques and both David Jones and Myer Department stores. My current local is Westfield Fountain Gate – yes Kath & Kim lovers the place is real, and was the home of Melbourne’s first Krispy Kreme store.
My all-time favourite Shopping Mall is my old local, too many hours spent as a teenager window shopping. Westfield Doncaster has just completed a $600 million renovation, doubling the number of shops to 420 and providing parking for over 5000 vehicles.
If you are coming to Melbourne for a shopping spree, view our Map of Melbourne Shopping Precincts to plan your shopping day out!