For a breath of fresh air, Melbourne shopping streets can’t be beaten.
Although the city’s malls and shopping centres offer convenience, it’s on Melbourne shopping streets that you’ll discover the most inspiring and atmospheric retail experiences.
Many Melbourne shopping streets are within a ‘cooee’ of each other. For instance, fabulous Chapel Street intersects with posh Toorak Road, which is an easy tram, train or taxi ride from the CBD.
Each of Melbourne’s shopping streets has its own distinct character and scene, with a horde of dedicated followers to match.
Famous Melbourne Shopping Streets
Chapel Street, South Yarra, is Australia’s best shopping street. It’s fully loaded with big names, high street favourites and emerging designer talent. For edgier stores, fashionistas head to the Windsor end of Chapel Street.
Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD is where you’ll find iconic department stores Myer and David Jones as well as a good range of brand stores including Zara.
Upmarket Melbourne Shopping Streets
Toorak Road, Toorak is the place to see and be seen for Melbourne’s high rollers. Promenading, shopping and lunching is what one does in this well-heeled suburb. Bring your Platinum card.
Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD is not called the ‘Big End of town’ for nothing. This chic boulevard is rich in glamour and solid gold style.
High Street, Armidale, is making a name for itself these days thanks to the arrival of several swish fashion-forward flagships.
Alternative Melbourne Shopping Streets
Gertrude Street and Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, are absolute musts for vintage, retro, original labels, and eclectic home-wares and art. Chuck in boho cafes, bookstores, galleries, bars and music venues and you’ve Melbourne’s edgiest shopping precinct.
Crossley Street in the Melbourne CBD may be tiny but it’s huge on stylish fashion, vintage, jewelry, and groovy stuff for the home.
Flinders Lane, also in the CBD, is lined with cool galleries, upmarket artisan shops, quirky fashion stores and awesome cafes.
Fitzroy Street and Acland Street in St Kilda are top spots for shopping in between forays into St Kilda’s hipster bars and eateries.
Melbourne Shopping Streets off the Beaten Track
Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick (not far from St Kilda) is a charming shopping street offering elegant boutiques interspersed with historical buildings and traditional Jewish food outlets.
High Street, Northcote, 7km from the CBD, is an arty and family-friendly Melbourne shopping street with an inspiring mix of independent designers, retro wares, café culture, and excellent natural beauty salons.
See the City of Melbourne guide to the best shopping for food & wine, sports goods and technology.