Shop­ping: Buy­ing the best in town

MEL­BOURNE HAS LONG BEEN RE­GARDED AS AUSTRALIA’S FASH­ION CAP­I­TAL. SPEND SOME TIME WAN­DER­ING OUR STREETS AND YOU’LL SEE WHY.

Where Melbourne - - Con­tents -

CBD SHOP­PING

n THE BLOCK ARCADE. The Block Arcade is a true Collins Street trea­sure. Built on the site of the orig­i­nal Ge­orges Store, The Block at 282 Collins Street opened in 1892, with the Eliz­a­beth Street wing fol­low­ing some 10 months later. See over thirty fas­ci­nat­ing shops in­clud­ing the stylish Rox­anne Fash­ions, The Hopetoun Tea Rooms and Haigh’s Choco­lates.

282 Collins Street, Mel­bourne. 9654 5244. the­block.com.au n BOURKE STREET MALL. Bourke Street Mall is Mel­bourne’s true re­tail heart, link­ing both Swanston and Eliz­a­beth Streets. Wan­der through the bustling city shop­pers and fill your arms with nu­mer­ous bags, rang­ing from depart­ment stores like David Jones and Myer to fash­ion re­tail­ers like Zara and Cue.

Bourke Street, Mel­bourne. bourkestreet.com.au

n EM­PO­RIUM MEL­BOURNE. Lo­cated in the heart of Mel­bourne’s CBD, Em­po­rium Mel­bourne is a reimag­ined mod­ern day shop­ping mecca that boasts four firstto-australia brands, over 24 Mel­bourne flag­ship stores and the largest col­lec­tion of Aus­tralian de­sign­ers un­der one roof, with 225 high street fash­ion and food brands. Newly opened stores in­clude Muji, Alice Mccall, Aquila, Con­verse and Laura Ash­ley.

287 Lons­dale Street, Mel­bourne. 8609 8221. em­po­ri­um­mel­bourne.com.au n COLLINS STREET. A trip to Mel­bourne isn’t com­plete with­out a visit to Collins Street. Filled with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional shop­ping bou­tiques, along with an ar­ray of ho­tels, restau­rants and theatres, there is some­thing for every­one. Be sure to stop at the fa­mous ‘Paris End’ of Collins Street to check out flag­ship stores, such as Tif­fany & Co. and Louis Vuit­ton.

Collins Street, Mel­bourne. 9639 4078. collinsstreet.com.au n HOWEY PLACE. This roofed laneway, which runs off Lit­tle Collins Street, west of Swanston Street, is home to a va­ri­ety of de­signer and shop­ping bou­tiques. It’s here you’ll find spe­cial­ist jewellers James Al­fred­son and iconic hand­bag and lug­gage de­sign­ers Spencer and Ruther­ford. On the fash­ion front don’t miss Aus­tralian style mak­ers Smooth, Euro­pean-in­flu­enced Mon Amore Paris and ac­ces­sories maven Oro­ton.

n MEL­BOURNE CEN­TRAL. This huge shop­ping cen­tre boasts fash­ion, restau­rants, en­ter­tain­ment, beauty ser­vices and much more. Re­tail­ers in­clude Calvin Klein Jeans, Con­verse, Esprit, French Con­nec­tion, GAP, Guess, Levi’s, Nike, Sass & Bide, Tommy Hil­figer and many more.

Cnr La Trobe and Swanston Street, Mel­bourne. 9922 1100. mel­bourne­cen­tral.com.au n MEL­BOURNE’S GPO. Mel­bourne’s GPO is a world-class, con­tem­po­rary re­tail, fash­ion desti­na­tion. It is home to the Aus­tralian flag­ship store of Swedish fash­ion re­tail gi­ant H&M.

350 Bourke Street, Mel­bourne. 9290 0200. mel­bour­nes­gpo.com

n QV MEL­BOURNE. QV is a city within a city that rep­re­sents the quin­tes­sen­tial Mel­bourne life­style. In­ti­mate laneways in the ur­ban precinct give shop­pers the free­dom to wan­der and dis­cover the eclec­tic mix of shops, cafés and restau­rants at their own pace.

Cnr Lons­dale and Swanston Streets, Mel­bourne. 9207 9200. qv.com.au

n THE STRAND MEL­BOURNE. Lo­cated right in the heart of Mel­bourne’s shop­ping precinct, The Strand Mel­bourne is be­tween the laneways and ar­cades that Mel­bourne is fa­mous for. A multi-mil­lion dol­lar re­de­vel­op­ment and some of the best names in re­tail, in­clud­ing Di­nosaur De­signs and Gor­man, make this one of Mel­bourne’s top shop­ping des­ti­na­tions.

Cnr Eliz­a­beth Street and Lit­tle Bourke Street, Mel­bourne. 9290 0200. thes­trand­mel­bourne.com.au

DEPART­MENT STORES

n DAVID JONES. David Jones is the old­est depart­ment store in the world that’s still op­er­at­ing un­der its own name. An Aus­tralian in­sti­tu­tion, its fash­ion shows are the main high­light of every fash­ion sea­son. Here is where you will find a range of top Aus­tralian fash­ion de­sign­ers like Camilla and Carla Zam­patti.

310 Bourke Street, Mel­bourne. 9643 2222. david­jones.com.au

n MYER. Myer is Australia’s largest depart­ment store group. They stock ev­ery­thing from fash­ion, ac­ces­sories, beauty and fra­grances to elec­tri­cal goods and home­wares. They have placed their foot solidly in the fash­ion and style stakes for over 100 years of­fer­ing a wide range of Australia’s top fash­ion de­sign­ers.

314–336 Bourke Street, Mel­bourne. 9661 1111. myer.com.au

SHOP­PING PRECINCTS

n BRIDGE ROAD, RICH­MOND. A de­sir­able desti­na­tion for smart, thrifty, shop­pers with an eye for a unique buy. Bridge

Fash­ion from Et Al. Green with Envy, Flin­ders Lane, Mel­bourne. Photo: Paul Philip­son/visit Vic­to­ria.

Em­po­rium Mel­bourne.

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