Mel­bourne

In­fin­itely more Euro­pean and slightly mood­ier than Syd­ney, Mel­bourne’s re­tail of­fer­ings re­flect in­ter­na­tional pres­ence and cut­ting-edge lo­cal la­bels, which can be found in in­ner-city sub­urbs such as Fitzroy and Bruns­wick.

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Both of Aus­tralia’s ma­jor depart­ment stores — David Jones and Myer — are on Bourke Street Mall. If time is lim­ited, th­ese stores are ideal one-stop des­ti­na­tions for cloth­ing, ac­ces­sories, beauty and shoes. Next, walk the city’s laneways and ar­cades. On Flin­ders Lane, Chris­tine has top-of-the-line jew­ellery and ac­ces­sories (Lan­vin, Philip Treacy). Have a tea at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Ar­cade, and visit the his­toric Royal Ar­cade. Also worth a look are Aus­tralian ac­ces­sories la­bel Elk and min­i­mal­ist fash­ion store Swensk (both on Lit­tle Collins Street); Incu, for fash­ion from the likes of Alexan­der Wang and Rag & Bone (QV Build­ing, Al­bert Coates Lane); the cor­ru­gated-card­board in­te­ri­ors of lo­cal beauty brand Ae­sop’s Flin­ders Lane store; and Sneaker­boy (Lit­tle Bourke Street) for very cool sneak­ers. Miss Louise, at the Westin Ho­tel, has shoes to die for.

Chapel Street

Satur­day shop­ping on Chapel Street in up­mar­ket South Yarra/Prahran is a Mel­bourne rite of pas­sage. Along­side Aus­tralian de­signer la­bels (ev­ery­one from Alice McCall to Gor­man), there’s a good se­lec­tion of well-cu­rated fash­ion spa­ces — Nev­er­land Store fea­tures street style, while De­sign A Space has a ro­tat­ing ros­ter of young and up­com­ing de­sign­ers. If you’re a lover of vin­tage cloth­ing, try Shag, Dorothy & Eve­lyn and Vin­tage Sole. Back in the cur­rent day, Dakota 501 is jeans heaven; Marimekko is Scandi fab­ric par­adise. Things are a lit­tle more eclec­tic in Gre­ville Street, at the Prahran end: pick up vinyl at Gre­ville Street Records, glossies at Mag Na­tion, cool crafts at Lu­nar Store and home­wares at The No­mad So­ci­ety.

OP­PO­SITE

Bourke Street Mall, Mel­bourne’s re­tail heart. CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP The Royal Ar­cade; Hugo Boss store; Har­rolds; You Be­long With Me top ($240) and Time is Now jeans ($260) from Alice McCall. NEXT PAGE FROM LEFT Bruns­wick Street; Run­dle Mall.

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