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.

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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 Road’s range of qual­ity gar­ments means the iconic precinct has earned its rep­u­ta­tion as a top-to-toe fash­ion ex­pe­ri­ence en­com­pass­ing qual­ity ev­ery­day wear, all­bud­get for­mal and bridal cou­ture, pop­u­lar brand names, beau­ti­cians, sa­lons, spas and much more.

Bridge Road, Rich­mond. bridgerd.com.au

n CHAPEL STREET. A Mel­bourne shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence isn’t com­plete with­out a trip to Chapel Street. From South Yarra to Prahran to Wind­sor, the street is lined with well­known fash­ion la­bels, unique bou­tiques, cafés, restau­rants and bars. There’s cinemas and shop­ping at the Jam Fac­tory and don’t miss funky Gre­ville Street.

Chapel Street, South Yarra, Prahran and Wind­sor. chapel­street.com.au n HIGH STREET, AR­MADALE. One of the most ver­sa­tile and in­ter­est­ing shop­ping precincts in Mel­bourne has to be High Street, Ar­madale. Walk down the street and you’ll find over 285 spe­cial­ity stores sell­ing ev­ery­thing from an­tiques to home­wares to mod­ern fash­ion. If you are look­ing for some­thing re­ally un­usual there are High Street’s many an­tique and col­lectable stores and art gal­leries. It’s also known for its cafés, bars and restau­rants. Lo­cated around six kilo­me­tres from the CBD, it is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble by car and tram.

High Street, Ar­madale. high­stree­tar­madale.com.au

n SOUTH­GATE. The South­gate shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vides an eclec­tic mix of what makes Mel­bourne the style cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia. From fash­ion and ac­ces­sories through to home­wares and gifts, South­gate’s di­verse col­lec­tion of re­tail­ers of­fers unique de­signs and prod­ucts to catch your eye and take your breath away in­clud­ing beau­ti­ful fash­ion, ex­quis­ite jew­ellery, crafted ar­ti­san ac­ces­sories and gor­geous dé­cor.

Banks of the Yarra River, Mel­bourne. 9686 1000. south­gatemel­bourne.com.au

TOORAK ROAD, SOUTH YARRA.

On Toorak Road it’s all about spe­cial­ity shops —out­stand­ing fash­ion at Cose Ipanema and Et Al, handmade de­signs, su­perb cafés like Gâ­nache Cho­co­late Lounge, bril­liant restau­rants and bars, ex­cit­ing gal­leries, de­signer prod­ucts, the finest leather goods, home­wares, spe­cial gifts and a myr­iad of ser­vices.

Toorak Road, South Yarra. toorakroad­south­yarra.com.au

n TOORAK VIL­LAGE, TOORAK. Toorak Vil­lage is full of fas­ci­nat­ing shops, fine din­ing and sunny street cafés. Spend some time ex­plor­ing Toorak Vil­lage and you’ll see why the term vil­lage is so apt. There are more than 50 fash­ion, shoe, jew­ellery and ac­ces­sory bou­tiques of­fer­ing a wide range of both lo­cal and im­ported de­signer wares, in­clud­ing jew­ellery spe­cial­ists IMP Jew­ellery and fash­ion house Mon Amore Paris.

Toorak Vil­lage, Toorak Road, Toorak. toorakvil­lage.com.au

Fash­ion from Et Al. H&M at GPO. Photo: Emily God­frey/visit Vic­to­ria.

Zara in Bourke Street Mall. Photo: Josie Withers Pho­tog­ra­phy/visit Vic­to­ria.

Left: Chapel Street shop­ping. Photo: Josie Withers Pho­tog­ra­phy/visit Vic­to­ria.

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