STREET OF STYLE
ENJOY COLLINS STREET’S STUNNING ARCHITECTURE, AND FASCINATING HISTORY, AS YOU SNAP UP STYLISH BARGAINS AND TERRIFIC TREATS.
COLLINS STREET exudes style and glamour. It's a boulevard of chic designer shopping, five-star hotels, exclusive jewellers, grand heritage buildings, churches, theatres and private clubs. It's Melbourne's premier commercial streetscape with a number of Australia's largest corporations calling Collins Street home and it has also been the setting for some of Australia's best known paintings.
While there have been many changes over the years with the construction of a number of modern buildings, its fine nineteenth-century heritage is still strongly evident. Then there are the wonderful plane trees, which line the street looking particularly stunning at night under lights.
One of the reasons for Collins Street's continual appeal is its ability to change with the times. Since 1837 it has been rebuilt several times. It's also been extended—the last occurring with the continuation of the street across Spencer Street railway lines and into Docklands.
However what hasn't changed is the street's appeal as both a business and leisure hub. A Collins Street address is still coveted by major businesses and professionals. The Regent and Athenaeum Theatres continue to attract theatregoers from around the world while worshippers flock to its three historic churches— the Collins Street Baptist Church, St Michael's Uniting Church and Scots' Church.
Given the quality of their neighbours, several luxury hotels fit perfectly in the mix including Novotel Melbourne on Collins, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Grand Hyatt Melbourne and The Westin Melbourne.
Delicious food is on offer on Collins Street. For pralines, gelato, gateaux and chocolate, you won’t go past Gânache Chocolate Lounge. With its European ambience and impeccable service, they have the widest range of handmade chocolate products in Melbourne. The section between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets features a number of historic and more recently built arcades which are home to a huge selection of chain and concept stores selling clothing and homewares. Here you’ll also find the Block Arcade. This arcade between Collins and Elizabeth Streets has been one of the places to go shopping since it was built back in the 1890s.
It comes as no surprise to discover the Block is classified by the National Trust and is on the register of the National Estate. There’s so much interest in the Arcade that guided historic tours are on offer.
The Block is also home to one of Melbourne’s most historic tearooms. Lady Hopetoun, haughty wife of the popular Victorian governor Lord Hopetoun, founded a Victorian Ladies’