Shop­ping: Buy­ing the best in town


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■ 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. the­

■ 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.

■ 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. Stores now open in­clude Muji, Alice Mc­call, Aquila, Con­verse and Laura Ash­ley.

287 Lons­dale Street, Mel­bourne. 8609 8221. em­po­ri­um­mel­

■ 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.

■ 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.

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

Cnr La Trobe and Swanston Street, Mel­bourne. 9922 1100. mel­bourne­cen­

■ 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. mel­bour­nes­

■ 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.

■ 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 Di­nosaur­de­signs and Gor­man, make this one of Mel­bourne’s top shop­ping des­ti­na­tions.

Cnr El­iz­a­beth Street and Lit­tle Bourke Street, Mel­bourne. 9290 0200. thes­trand­mel­


■ 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. david­ ■ 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. 8609 7500.


■ 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, all-bud­get for­mal and bridal cou­ture, pop­u­lar brand names, beau­ti­cians, sa­lons, spas and much more.

Bridge Road, Rich­mond.

■ 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 well-known 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. chapel­

■ HIGH STREET, AR­MADALE. High Street Ar­madale is icon­i­cally renowned for be­ing Mel­bourne’s hot spot for the ul­ti­mate bou­tique wed­ding dress ex­pe­ri­ence, however it has so much more to offer than bridal shop­ping. From cafés that serve art on a plate, spe­cial­ity wine bars and restau­rants, stun­ning in­te­rior stores, the finest beauty sa­lons, in­spir­ing health stu­dios and bou­tique and high-end fash­ion stores. No mat­ter your in­di­vid­ual taste, style, de­sire or needs, this is the ul­ti­mate street to visit in Mel­bourne for a fab­u­lous morn­ing, day or night out. High Street, Ar­madale. high­stree­tar­

■ 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. south­gatemel­


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. toorakroad­south­

■ 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. toorakvil­


■ G­NACHE CHOCO­LATE LOUNGE. A visit to Gâ­nache Choco­late Lounge is a must for choco­late lovers. En­joy their ex­quis­ite Euro­pean-style choco­late and patis­serie, hand­made here in Mel­bourne. Both their stores boast stun­ning dis­plays of beautifully hand­crafted pra­lines made with the finest cou­ver­ture choco­late as well as an ex­ten­sive range in­clud­ing deca­dent choco­late bars, choco­late coated de­lights, spe­cial­ity hot choco­late and choco­late High Teas.

250 Toorak Road, South Yarra. 9804 7485. 245 Collins Street, Mel­bourne. 9650 8388.


■ ET AL. Et Al is one of Mel­bourne’s most ac­com­plished brands with a cult fol­low­ing as an Aus­tralian la­bel well known for its re­laxed tai­lor­ing and timeless pieces that transcend gen­der, age and cal­i­bre. Fluid and flattering lines, qual­ity fab­ri­ca­tion and thought­ful de­tail­ing are tai­lored to a life­style and a pres­ence that work in syn­chrony with the gar­ments. The staff are en­light­en­ing and pro­vide a per­son­alised styling ser­vice with ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of the Et Al aes­thetic.

1003 High Street, Ar­madale. 9822 1777. 714 Glen­fer­rie Road, Hawthorn. 9815 0703. 1B, 268 Flin­ders Lane, Mel­bourne. 9650 4554. 125 Toorak Road, South Yarra. 9820 2088. ■ JENNEN. JENNEN is the ex­clu­sive re­tailer of men’s height-in­creas­ing footwear in Australia. JENNEN has helped over 50,000 men stand more con­fi­dently and walk taller, from Aus­tralian celebri­ties, politi­cians and busi­ness­men, to stu­dents, bach­e­lors and grooms. Since its es­tab­lish­ment in 2007, its unique prod­ucts have stim­u­lated con­ver­sa­tion on Australia’s ra­dio sta­tions as well as in news­pa­pers and pub­li­ca­tions all around the country. JENNEN hand­crafted leather shoes offer a cush­ioned height-in­crease of 5cm to 10cm, with­out com­pro­mis­ing style or com­fort. They also sell height-in­creas­ing shoe lift in­soles that can be in­serted into reg­u­lar shoes for ex­tra height. While you’re in Mel­bourne, be sure to visit their unique

Em­po­rium Mel­bourne. Photo: Emily God­frey/visit Vic­to­ria.

Mel­bourne Cen­tral. Photo: IMAGEPLAY.

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