A shopaholic’s guide to Melbourne

Updated: Dec 19, 2017

From the big brand stores to independent boutiques, shopping arcades and quirky laneways, Melbourne is truly a shopaholic’s dream – and when you need a quick energy boost from all of the calorie-burning (it’s totally exercise), there is no shortage of cute coffee shops and trendy eateries to rest your legs and recharge.

Brand outlets

Bridge Road, Richmond

Bridge Road Richmond is your best bet if you’re searching for designer bargains. Anthea Crawford, Zu, Witchery, Table Eight, Sportsgirl, Review and more – with plenty of pubs and eateries nearby to grab a quick-bite, to stop, refuel and carry on shopping the whole day long.

Smith Street, Collingwood

For all of your sportswear needs, Smith Street in Collingwood is the ultimate outlet destination including; Nike, Converse, Adidas, Champion, Brooks, New Balance, and Russell Athletics to name a few. Smith Street is also your go-to location for all adventure and outdoor clothing with Kathmandu, Mountain Design and Timberland each taking a space in the lively precinct.

Melbourne markets

Rose Street Market 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy Open 11am – 5pm Saturdays and Sundays

Soak up the urban vibe at the Rose Street Markets, with everything from art, photography, clothing, jewelry and homewares, located just off Brunswick Street not far from Bell City’s doorstep. Hint: The brothers behind Fitzroy’s Rose Street Artists’ Market have opened an adjoining cafe; Young Bloods Diner, complete with a breathtaking rooftop view.

Camberwell Market Station Street, Camberwell Open 7am – 1pm every Sunday

One of the most popular Sunday markets for trash and treasure hunters, you are likely to find all sorts of household items, clothing, toys, books, and more at the Camberwell Market.

Queen Victoria Market Corner of Victoria and Queen Street, Melbourne Open from 9am Tuesdays, and Thursday – Friday

Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere at the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere the historic Queen Victoria Market, also known affectionately as ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic’. With over 150 stalls of global street food, vintage fashion, homewares, wine bars and activities for the kids, the iconic Queen Victoria Market is a shopping spot not to miss on your next Melbourne interlude.

Designer fashion

Collins Street, Melbourne CBD Label lovers flock to Melbourne to find one-off-pieces by high-fashion designers like Prada, Comme des Garcons, Dolce & Gabbana and Jean Paul Gaultier – most of which you will find at the Paris end of Collins Street.

Chapel Street, South Yarra There is so much to love about Chapel Street, the vibrant culture, bars, restaurants and countless clothing stores including Sass & Bide, Le Louvre, Alice McCall and Manning Cartel – to name a few.

Laneways and arcades

Al fresco eateries, coffee shops and cosy bars all nestle side-by-side in street-art covered laneways throughout our beautiful city, each of Melbourne’s arcades has a unique character and charm:

Centre Place and Degraves Street Immerse yourself into a Melbourne postcard scene at Centre Place; where you can cross the cobblestones with a new pair of heels or kicks (if you prefer) from Sole Devotion on Degraves Street.

The Block Arcade Connecting Collins to Little Collins and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne’s Block Arcade is one of our oldest shopping precincts, built in 1891 the stunning mosaic-tile flooring, glass canopies and carved stone walls will take your breath away (while you do a little shopping).

Vintage finds

Home to Melbourne’s widest range of vintage pre-loved items, the northern suburbs is the perfect place to find a special gift or keepsake. Simply, take an easy walk along High Street NorthcoteBrunswick Street, Smith Street Collingwood or Gertrude Street Fitzroy to find a great selection of quirky vintage stores. Among our favourites is Clara Fox where you will find a selection of Grace Kelly inspired dresses, silky Audrey Hepburn style gloves and much more.

Independent boutiques

Although we love international brands, it’s our Australian independent designers that really do stand above the rest. If you agree, visit dot.COMME on Swanston Street, E.E.S or Left Fashion in Fitzroy, Eastern Market Capela in Carlton, Godwin Charli in South Yarra or Akira on Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD to pick up the perfect Melbourne outfit.

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