It's not what you know when visiting Melbourne to shop; it's who you know. With an expert local guide to escort you on this superb tour, trust us, you are going to have SO much retail fun!


Melbourne Hidden Shops Walking Tour
Runs: Selected Thursdays and Fridays
Departs at: 2pm
Departs from: Federation Square, Melbourne CBD
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

5 stars

Editor's summary:

‘If you have a passion for fashion, accessories and homewares, this small group walking tour through Melbourne’s maze of laneways and arcades won’t fail to please. Step away from the big name brands and discover the secret, stylish and oh-so sensational artisanal retailers of the Victorian capital!’

☆ Discover some of the CBD’s most unique artisanal retailers

☆ Visit hidden fashion, homewares and textile outlets

☆ Navigate the inner city’s winding laneways and historic arcades

☆ Enjoy an espresso coffee with your fellow shoppers at a trendy laneway cafe

☆ Maximum group size: 10.

☆ Guided small group walking tour

☆ Friendly and knowledgeable local guide

☆ Visits to a variety of inner-city retails outlets away from the main tourist precincts

☆ Recommendations for stores, cafes and eateries to return to during your stay in Melbourne

☆ Afternoon tea at a CBD café.

Melbourne is renowned as a shopper’s destination of choice, but few visitors discover the city’s true artisanal fashion, textile and homewares scenes without the guidance of a local to show them the way. This Melbourne Hidden Shops Walking Tour is the answer for time poor tourists looking to shop for that special something.

You’ll meet your expert local guide for this Melbourne Hidden Shops Walking Tour in the city centre and thread your way through the famous laneways and arcades in search of hidden retail treasures. Well away from the teeming throng of tourists swarming the chain stores on the Queen Street Mall, you’ll visit a carefully curated selection of boutique retailers hidden along laneways, up secret staircases and down in underground digs.

This is definitely not a tour about history or architecture; it’s totally focused on finding unique, out-of-the-way retailers that you would be unlikely to find on your own. You’ll visit whimsical milliners, boutique jewellers and many other Melbourne purveyors of style and sophistication.

At the conclusion of this Melbourne Hidden Shops Walking Tour you’ll enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in a hip laneway café, before you bid your guide and fellow guests farewell.

Make a booking

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

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Important information

Once your booking is completed, a confirmation document will be sent to your email address, including tour departure details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed tour meeting point and departure time.

Minimum numbers are required for this tour to operate, and there is a possibility of cancellation if there are not enough participants to meet requirements. If this happens, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund.

Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.

Please advise us of any special dietary requirements for afternoon tea when you book.

Please wear suitable footwear.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.


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