Collins Street Style

EN­JOY COLLINS STREET’S STUN­NING AR­CHI­TEC­TURE, AND FAS­CI­NAT­ING HIS­TORY, AS YOU SNAP UP STYLISH BAR­GAINS AND TER­RIFIC TREATS.

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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

Collins Street. Photo: Josie Withers Pho­tog­ra­phy/visit Vic­to­ria.

Collins Street. Photo: Josie Withers Pho­tog­ra­phy/visit Vic­to­ria.

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