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.
■ 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
■ 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
■ 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. emporiummelbourne.com.au
■ 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
■ 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. melbournecentral.com.au
■ 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
■ 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
■ 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. thestrandmelbourne.com.au
■ 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 ■ 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. myer.com.au
■ 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. bridgerd.com.au
■ 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. chapelstreet.com.au
■ 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. highstreetarmadale.com.au
■ 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
■ 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
■ GÂNACHE 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. ganache.com.au
■ 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. etal-australia.com ■ 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.