Melbourne shopping tours: Five top spots to shop
When it comes to shopping, Melbourne takes no prisoners.
From glitzy city department stores, mega-malls and fashionable strip shopping, to secondhand stores, vintage salons and outlets, the city offers a huge array of retail therapy options. While the locals may be renowned for their love of wearing black, nowhere else in the country comes close to offering the same on-trend gamut of cutting-edge design and colour.
Shop ’til you drop on any of our fabulous Melbourne shopping tours or head out on a self-guided mission to these five retail hotspots.
Chapel Street is a rite of passage for shopaholics visiting Melbourne. It’s separated into a number of precincts, including the vintage sprawl of the Windsor Quarter and Greville Street Village, to the high-end boutiques of South Yarra, and everything in between. If your Melbourne fashion enlightenment doesn’t happen here, it won’t happen anywhere!
If you’re looking for quantity as well as quality it doesn’t get much bigger or better than ‘Chaddy’, as the locals call it. A veritable smorgasbord of retail resplendence under one very large roof, Chadstone is home to all the high-profile mega-brands, and there’s even a free shuttle bus from Federation Square to get you there.
Chadstone Shopping Centre. Image: Bigstock
Queen Victoria Market
She’s no high fashion plate, but the Queen Victoria Market has been an indelible and much-loved feature of Melbourne’s retail landscape since 1878. This doyen of markets delights always comes through for you no matter what you’re looking for. From food, photography and furniture, to homewares, casual wear, flowers and souvenirs, the Queen Victoria Market provides a right royal retail experience.
Encompassing the effortless creative vibe of Gertrude Street, the super-grunge of Smith Street, and the ‘bitza’ that is Brunswick Street (you’ll find a bit of everything here) Fitzroy is the kingdom of cool when it comes to pre-loved treasures, cutting edge local designers, art and homewares. It’s also home to Rose Street Market, which showcases the city’s emerging hand makers, artisans and left-of-centre creatives.
No Order Market (Shhh!)
What’s a list without a badly kept secret? No Order Market is a magnet for forward-looking fashionistas who don’t mind shelling out for first go at the latest avant-garde designer wear. The fact that this really is a bit of a secret (it’s hidden away up a flight of stairs on Elizabeth Street) just adds to the experience!
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