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.
Easily the most famous street in Melbourne for any shopping need, Chapel Street boasts over 1000 shops as well as countless trendy restaurants, bars and cafes. People come from all over Australia to walk Chapel Street simply because there is so much variety, from brand name fashion to small boutiques and op shops. While you will mainly find clothes along this fabulous street, you can also shop for shoes and jewellery.
If you’re only going to be in town for a short time and you want to make sure you hit up all the best retail spots, there are plenty of Melbourne day tours you can join that have been created specifically for shopping. For example, you can take a walking tour of the lanes and arcades, an outlet shopping tour, or even a tour that takes you around to all the best markets. First decide what kind of shopping you want to do, and you’re almost guaranteed to find a tour in Melbourne that can help you find what you want.
When you want to cover all your shopping needs in one convenient location, you can’t beat Melbourne’s major department stores and shopping centres. Designer fashions, cosmetics, shoes, accessories, homeware, technology and toys are just some of the things you can shop for in the major stores like David Jones and Myer.
The Melbourne Central Shopping Centre is perhaps one of the most popular in the city because you can explore all the hidden laneways from a centralised location and enjoy a perfect mix of locally and internationally created items. Spanning two city blocks, this famous shopping centre has over 300 stores and plenty of fun dining options for when you need to fuel up for more shopping.
Flinders Lane Galleries
If you’re in the mood for shopping for arts and crafts, there is no better place in Melbourne than Flinders Lane, which has perhaps the greatest repository of commercial art galleries in all of Australia. Here you can find plenty of locally made paintings, sculptures, fibreworks, photography and installation art either to keep for yourself as a souvenir or to give as gifts. You will also find plenty of Aboriginal art stores, with works from Utopia, Spinifex, Papunya and more.