While going around to souvenir shops in Melbourne is sure to help you find something funny and oh so Australian for a reasonable price, the best souvenirs are the ones that you have searched for and found in unique places. Souvenirs are meant to be special and reflect your own personal travel experiences so that you can always look at them and remember back to the fun day you had when you found them. If you are visiting Melbourne for a short time, then the following are some of the more unique places you might find some fun and very Australian souvenirs.
There are so many markets going on in and around Melbourne on a daily basis, so you are bound to find something unique to remind you of your journey. Some people even join a Melbourne tour that takes them market hopping to all the best ones around the city. Some of the most popular markets include the Docklands Sunday Market, the Arts Centre Sunday Market, the Rose St. Artists’ Market, Hawthorn Craft Market, Queen Victoria Market, Williamstown Craft Market, Southside Handmade & Vintage Market and the St. Kilda Twilight Market.
Melbourne has a vibrant arts scene and boasts more than 100 galleries that include both large public institutions and smaller commercial galleries and artist cooperatives. To find something really special and different for your souvenir collection, get your walking shoes on and start wandering around in areas like Flinders Lane, through small laneways and into basements in Melbourne’s core, or even check out the many galleries in Armadale, Port Melbourne and Fitzroy.
If you are more the sporting type, then you may want to check out some of Melbourne’s premier sporting events and see if you can get some team memorabilia as a souvenir. Melbourne is home to some very large sporting competitions such as the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open and the Formula 1 Grand Prix. Besides these major events, the MCG also hosts AFL, rugby, cricket and soccer matches throughout the year. Out of all the fantastic day tours in Melbourne, the one that takes you through the MCG’s National Sports Museum is one of the most exciting for sport lovers, especially when it comes to picking up some souvenirs.
If your idea of a great souvenir is a piece from one of the top fashion lines in the world, then Melbourne is the place to find it. For the best Melbourne souvenir, make sure to pick up something from a local designer label, such as Obüs, Gorman, Leonard Street, Claude Maus, Alpha60, Vixen, Scanian and Theodore, and the Signet Bureau.
Melbourne is host to some spectacular festivals throughout the year which are great venues for picking up some fun and distinctive souvenirs. Check out one of the major festivals, such as Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Music Week, Melbourne Rare Book Week or the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
Don’t limit yourself when it comes to your Australian souvenirs, because there are plenty of great places you can get them from in Melbourne, you just have to look!