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.
1. Style it up or down on Chapel Street
A visit to 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!
2. Feed your inner fashionista at Chadstone
Fashionistas flock to ‘Chaddy’ (as the locals call it) in Melbourne’s southeast. A veritable smorgasbord of retail resplendence under one very large roof, Chadstone is home to bag loads of big-name fashion labels and chain stores. There’s a free shuttle bus from Federation Square to get you there.
3. Experience retail royalty at the 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 market 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.
4. Get funky in Fitzroy
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.
5. Discover No Order Market (Shhh!)
What’s a list without a badly kept secret? No Order Market in the CBD is a magnet for trendsetters who don’t mind shelling out for first go at the latest avant-garde designer wear. The fact that this design hub really is a bit of a secret (it’s hidden away up a flight of stairs off Elizabeth Street) just adds to the experience!
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About the writer
Julietta Henderson is a Melbourne-based travel and feature writer. Originally planning to visit London for six months, she ended up staying for ten years and now divides her time between her home in Australia and several months of the year in the UK, Italy and France. Julietta has travelled extensively through Europe, North America, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia and Russia, and believes the keys to a great travel experience are an open heart, an open mind and an open-ended ticket.
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