People from all over the country and abroad – especially fashion-forward Kiwis – take shopping holidays to Melbourne.
It’s not just the staggering range, variety, and cutting-edge style that draws people. It’s also Melbourne’s inspirational retail environments. Atmospheric store interiors, innovative merchandising, amazing architecture, and proximity to café culture and must-see attractions are all part of the Melbourne shopping experience.
Most shopping hot spots are easy to get to – especially if your accommodation is in or near the CBD, South Yarra and Docklands.
Here’s a rundown on some of the precincts, centres, and streets offering the best shopping in Melbourne.
Best Shopping in Melbourne – The Hit List
Chapel Street, South Yarra, is Australia’s number one fashion destination, with kilometres of stores offering the best of local and international designers, retro, and popular high street brands. Bars and eateries abound.
Melbourne Central in the CBD and the massive Chadstone Shopping Centre (a train ride from the city) are loaded with glamorous shops and famous-brand stores.
Melbourne CBD laneways and arcades are treasure-troves of all that is chic, unique and fabulous. Grab a map and your biggest tote, put on your walking shoes, and go adventuring.
Queen Victoria Market in the CBD is a must-see historic landmark and a must-do shopping experience. It’s huge, with everything from souvenirs to gourmet food, fashion to home-wares, artisan wares to fresh produce.
Harbour Town at Docklands has over 120 factory outlet stores and 70 specialty stores. Unlike outlet centres in other cities, this one is designed around attractive open-air laneways.
Bridge Road, Richmond, is where designers and some of the better quality high street brands have their factory direct outlets. It’s close to Melbourne CBD and has great cafes.
Smith Street, Collingwood, is home to big sports brand outlets including Nike, Converse, Adidas, MacPac and Kathmandu.
Best Shopping in Melbourne – Eclectic
St Kilda has two buzzing retail strips: Fitzroy Street and Acland Street. In between the cool bars and eateries there are all sorts of hip stores offering fashions, music, home-wares, retro goodies and designer gifts.
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, is heaven on a stick for those whose tastes lean to the left of field. If you’re looking for that centre-stage outfit, head-turning hat, memorable gift or one-of-a-kind object d’art, you’ll love groovy Fitzroy. Check out the sides streets too.
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