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!

AUD $79pp

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

⟶ All Melbourne shopping tours

5 stars

Featured guest review:

‘My friend and I had both been to Melbourne a few times, and I had previously done a Laneways and Arcades tour. I was keen to see if I had missed out on anything in Melbourne’s CBD. Our guide Kathy knew we were good shoppers and tailored the tour for this. There were great little insights and hidden gems tucked away in laneways and up above strip stores. Comme des Garçons casual wear, Issy Miyake, beautiful jewellery, imported shoes – Kathy knew where to find them all. If there was a sale on, she knew about that too. Highly recommended!’ StyleGirl11

Tour highlights

  • 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.

What's included

  • 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.

Pricing

Adults/children: AUD $79pp

This tour has one standard price for adults and children. Families with young children are requested to book a private tour.

What you can expect

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 make your way through the famous maze of 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 cellars. [More]

This is not a tour to take in the history or architecture of the city. It’s totally focused on introducing you to unique, out-of-the-way shops that you’d never find on your own. You’ll have the wonderful opportunity to see the work of some of Melbourne’s most talented and in-demand artisans.

At the conclusion of this Melbourne Hidden Shops Walking Tour you’ll enjoy afternoon tea in a buzzing laneway café.

This tour is a lovely way to spend an afternoon in Australia’s undisputed retail capital.

Guest reviews

  • Dianne L (30/4/2017) – Via TripAdvisor

    Kathy was an excellent tour guide. She obviously loves her job and the beautiful city of Melbourne. We had previously done a Laneways Tour 18 months before, which we enjoyed. On this tour Kathy took us to shops we would not have known about or ventured into on our own. We will look forward to returning in a couple of years for our next girls’ trip and to doing the hidden bar tour!

  • StyleGirl11 (26/9/2016) – Via TripAdvisor

    My friend and I had both been to Melbourne a few times, and I had previously done a Laneways and Arcades tour. I recall that that tour, although great, took me to some shops that I wouldn't really want to buy anything in. As an aside, I'm a personal stylist, so I was keen to see if I had missed out on anything in Melbourne’s CBD. Kathy knew we were good shoppers and tailored the tour for this. There were no ugly underground second-hand stores on this trip. Instead there were great little insights and hidden gems tucked away in laneways and up above strip stores. Comme des Garçons casual wear, Issy Miyake, beautiful jewellery, imported shoes - Kathy knew where to find them all. If there was a sale on, she knew about that too. I loved the flexibility of this tour. When we said we'd already been somewhere, she knew an alternative which we didn’t know about. That flexibility also extended to a coffee and cake break half way through our tour, and I was able to pick her brains about other parts of Melbourne to visit. Highly recommended!

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.

Once your booking has been 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.

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

This tour operates in all weather conditions.