Melbourne’s Top Shopping Destinations
Ask anyone which Australian city is the best for shopping and the answer will be resounding: Melbourne. You’ll find local designers alongside international giants in boutiques down alleyways and on multilevel malls. Here is where to head for some serious retail therapy:
Seven levels of glamour await at Emporium Melbourne, a must-visit in the heart of Melbourne. From here, it is easy to reach the boutiques at QV, Melbourne Central, and The Strand Melbourne, as well as the Bourke Street Mall.
City laneways and arcades
A trip to Melbourne would not be complete without getting a little lost amidst the laneways and arcades that typify the city. They are punctuated by some seriously stylish boutiques, including local designers and high-end treasures. Our tip: Start in Flinders Lane and explore all the nooks and crannies.
Chadstone doesn’t it call itself The Fashion Capital for nothing. This shopping centre is home to almost 600 retailers including some of the world’s most iconic luxury designer stores and premium international retailers. Located half an hour south east of Melbourne, you can access this enormous retail haven easily via a free shuttle bus.
Fitzroy and Collingwood
Ten minutes north of the city, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, is brimming with must-visit boutiques – almost all of which are independently owned and run. Open every weekend, the Rose Street Market is bursting with locally made treasures while Brunswick Street – where Fitzroy’s flourish began – boasts a range of browse-worthy stores.
South Yarra to Armadale
The city’s south side exudes luxury and its retailers emanate this vibe. Chapel Street remains one of the city’s most famed shopping destinations; High Street, Armadale is a haven for leading Australian and international designer labels; and Hawksburn Village is home to a selection of high-end designer stores.