Collins Street Style
ENJOY COLLINS STREET’S STUNNING ARCHITECTURE, AND FASCINATING HISTORY, AS YOU SNAP UP STYLISH BARGAINS AND TERRIFIC TREATS.
COLLINS STREET 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’ Work Association which established tearooms at number 6 Block Arcade in 1893. The association disbanded in 1907 but the tearooms named after its founder have survived in their original location to this day. Hopetoun Tea Rooms is one of more than 30 fascinating outlets within the arcade, offering everything from the latest fashion to unique gifts.
Then there is the shopping. From as early as anyone can remember, Collins Street has been the place to shop. Today it’s no different, the only change being the sheer number of options. Serious fashion buyers with few budgetary restraints can be found browsing the many stylish boutiques at the top end of Collins (also referred to as the Paris end) between Spring and Swanston Streets.
Labels such as Prada, Giorgio Armani, Max Mara, Ermenegildo Zegna, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Hermès await their loving fans in their signature stores. Shops such as Made in Milan and Cose Ipanema are must visits for those in search of a perfect outfit while Paul Smith has chosen to open his first Australian store here. Hugo Boss and Kookai also have many fans.
St. Collins Lane is one of Melbourne’s premier shopping destinations. Edgy and fashionable, it is home to international and local designer brands such as Coach, TAG Heuer, Sandro, Maje, DÉCLIC, Calibre, Birkenstock, and Debenhams.
Visit Roxanne Fashions for an affordable and exclusive range of designer mix and match coordinates that have a modern point of difference. The Roxanne brand prides itself on having exclusive Australian made garments. They also sell other leading brands including Verge, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Seven Sisters and Joseph Ribkoff.
Shoe lovers are equally well catered for, with Peter Sheppard and Dolce and Gabbana all popular with visitors and locals alike.
Many top jewellers also call Collins Street home including Georg Jensen, Bvlgari, Montblanc, Paspaley, Tiffany & Co. and The Hour Glass, which stocks a fine collection of luxury watches.
Stop by Franco Jewellers for a great range of high quality watches, including U-boat timepieces from Italy, and Effy Jewellery from New York.
The Gray Reid Jewellery Gallery located in a heritage listed showroom displays and retails an exclusive collection of antique and contemporary jewellery. The Gallery also deals in interesting collectables and object d’art.
As a member of the Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia, Gray Reid Gallery showcases and sells the diverse work of fellow jewellers. Engagement rings, celebration pieces and fine Australiana are a specialty. Many of Australia’s finest jewellers are available. The Gallery truly have something for everyone. The onsite workshops allow for a personalised service in making, repair and remodelling. With continually changing exhibitions, there is always something new and exciting to buy. Treat yourself to Melbourne’s finest locally made luxury.
Ashley Jewellers, located at the 'Paris end' of Collins Street, is recognised locally and internationally for its jewellery