Melbourne City Shopping Tips

There are few places in all of Australia that keep up with fashion, art, furniture and other trends quite like Melbourne. From vintage to cutting edge, boutique to big time, and second hand to couture, Melbourne’s eclectic retail scene is brimming with alluring labels, products and shopping experiences. If you’re planning on visiting Melbourne and you want to indulge in a little retail therapy, the following tips will help you find just what you’re looking for.

Hit up the markets

If you’re looking for fresh produce, boutique bakery items, unique gifts, bargains and trendy fashions, there’s nothing like Melbourne’s markets. The only hard part about shopping the markets is choosing which one you want to visit! Most visitors start with the famous Queen Victoria Market in the CBD, and then move on to find creative local art and fashion at Fitzroy’s Rose Street Artists’ Market. Also check out the Dandenong Market, the Hawthorn Craft Market, Prahran Market, and the Southside Handmade & Vintage Market.

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How Melbourne Was Established

By world standards, Melbourne is a relatively young city, and yet it has multiple layers of interesting and rich history associated with its growth. Read on to discover how Melbourne went from a fledgling settlement to modern commercial centre and Australia’s second-largest city.

Pre-European settlement

Where the city of Melbourne now stands was once the home of the Kulin people, which was an alliance of several language groups of Indigenous Australians who occupied this region for at least 40,000 years. By taking a Melbourne day tour, you can learn more details about these first people before and after Europeans arrived.

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Historical Architecture in Melbourne

There is a fantastic variety of architecture in Melbourne that ranges from the old to the new, residential to business, and landmarks to landscapes. But what most architectural buffs come for is to catch a glimpse of some of Melbourne’s famous historic buildings. As the subject of many walking tours in Melbourne, architecture in the city has some very strong roots and has inspired generations of fabulous architects. If you want to see some of the best historical buildings, then it’s recommended that you join a Melbourne day tour so that you don’t miss any of the following gems.

The Victoria Brewery, 388-442 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne

Built in 1882 by architect William Pitt, the Victoria Brewery showcases a mixture of styles in a render and brick composition on a rustic bluestone base. The three stories complete with towers and an arched gateway are standout features in the clever design of this building, which all come together to create a very dramatic overall effect. The styles from Queen Anne, castellated Tudor Gothic and Romanesque are all represented in this marvellous historical landmark.

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Exploring the Hidden Streets of Melbourne

One of the best experiences you can have when you visit Victoria is spending time wandering the streets and exploring the fascinating laneways of its capital city, Melbourne. Melbourne has a charm and energy all of its own and is renowned as a truly cosmopolitan, culturally rich and dynamic city.

Find your way with a Melbourne tour:

A Melbourne tour is definitely recommended as a way to gain your bearings and a sense of the city. Just as organised tours, such as a Great Ocean Road tour or a Phillip Island tour, can give you a feel for particular regions of Victoria, an organised and professionally provided tour of Melbourne will provide you with interesting information about the city and introduce you to locations and features you will want to explore in greater depth in your own time.

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7 Distinct Features of Melbourne

When you visit Melbourne you will quickly discover that this city has a plethora of features that are ‘distinctly Melbournian’. Melbourne is unique in the way that it blends culture, sport, fashion, the arts and amazing cuisine in an interesting and parochial way. Victorians are infinitely proud of their capital city and when you spend some time there, it is easy to understand why.

One of the best ways to experience Victoria is to do a number of day tours. A Great Ocean Road tour is highly recommended, as is a Phillip Island tour, but when it comes to selecting a Melbourne sightseeing tour, be sure to choose one that includes the following features of the city.

1:  Federation Square

Located in the heart of Melbourne and perfectly situated in relation to access to public transport, Federation Square is often a hive of activity. Home to galleries, sites of cultural significance, restaurants and bars, the unusual and highly distinctive appearance of Federation Square (through the use of various metals and other materials) is obvious and memorable.

Federation Square is a great meeting point and is often a gathering place and centre of activity when important events are taking place.

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