Shop­ping: Buy­ing the best in town


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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. the­

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.

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

287 Lons­dale Street, Mel­bourne. 8609 8221. em­po­ri­um­mel­

n COLLINS 234. Tucked away from the hus­tle and bus­tle, Collins 234 is the per­fect stop for those want­ing a break from the daily grind. Collins 234 is home to iconic lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional brands such as Braun Büf­fel, Han­nii, In­digo and SABA, as well as in­dul­gent health and beauty stores. Be treated like a lo­cal as you browse the fash­ion and spe­cial­ity stores, in peaceful and light filled sur­round­ings rem­i­nis­cent of art deco grandeur. Whether you have five min­utes or 50, Collins 234 is the per­fect CBD shop­ping des­ti­na­tion.

234 Collins Street, Mel­bourne. 8539 3000. 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.

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, Esprit, French Con­nec­tion, GAP, Levi’s, Nike, Sass & Bide, Tommy Hil­figer and many more.

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

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. mel­bour­nes­

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.

n SPENCER OUT­LET CEN­TRE. Con­ve­niently lo­cated right next to South­ern Cross Sta­tion, Eti­had Sta­dium and above the busy Skybus Ter­mi­nal, Spencer Out­let Cen­tre is Mel­bourne CBD’S largest out­let cen­tre. With over 110 stores in­clud­ing all the brands you know and love, a visit to Spencer Out­let Cen­tre is a must for all fash­ion and bar­gain con­scious shop­pers. Big brand stores in­clude Cot­ton On Mega Store, Har­ris Scarfe and TK Maxx. To re­ceive a copy of the Cen­tre’s VIP Tourists Re­wards book and re­ceive ex­clu­sive dis­count of­fers, visit Cen­tre Man­age­ment.

201 Spencer Street, Dock­lands. 8689 7577. spencer­out­let­cen­

n ST. COLLINS LANE. Mel­bourne’s premium shop­ping des­ti­na­tion, St. Collins Lane, is what Mel­bourne fash­ion is all about, dress­ing up and dress­ing down. It con­tin­ues the tra­di­tion of Collins Street ex­clu­siv­ity, but con­nects you to Mel­bourne’s edgy laneway cul­ture. Feel like you’re in the emer­ald city as you are sur­rounded by the one-of-a-kind light fea­ture as you shop in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal de­signer brands such as Coach, TAG Heuer, San­dro, Maje, DÉCLIC, Cal­i­bre, Birken­stock, and Deben­hams.

260 Collins Street, Mel­bourne.

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

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


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.

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. 8609 7500.


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

Bridge Road, Rich­mond.

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. chapel­

n 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

TUCKED AWAY FROM the hus­tle and bus­tle, yet nes­tled in the heart of the CBD, Collins 234 is where the CBD lo­cals go.

Just a few steps from the cor­ner of Collins and Swanston Streets, and ac­ces­si­ble from the iconic Howey Place, Collins 234 is the per­fect stop for those want­ing a break from the daily grind.

Only have a lit­tle time for some life ad­min? Health and beauty ap­point­ments at Collins Nail Bou­tique, Skin Deep Beauty Ther­apy and Vic­to­rian Laser & Skin Clinic will have you look­ing and feel­ing fresh. Pop your favourite out­fit in for a trim and mend with Al­ter­ations Now, or take a wel­learned break with a book and a latte at the ex­pan­sive Dy­mocks store.

Collins 234 is home to iconic lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional brands such as Braun Büf­fel, In­digo and SABA. Be treated like a lo­cal as you browse the fash­ion and spe­cial­ity stores, in peaceful and light filled sur­round­ings rem­i­nis­cent of art deco grandeur.

Look­ing for a last minute gift? Grab some sparkle from Tre­warne Fine Jew­ellery or So­phie Cather­ine. Box up a cheeky pair of win­ter boots for your­self at Mollini or craft the per­fect win­ter scarf with fine wool from Mor­ris & Sons.

Whether you have five min­utes or 50, Collins 234 is the per­fect CBD shop­ping des­ti­na­tion.

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

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. 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

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. toorakvil­


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

166 Swanston Street, Mel­bourne. 9654 6805.

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.


n COSE IPANEMA. Cose Ipanema has gained an in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion as one of the finest bou­tiques in Aus­tralia. The Cose Ipanema sta­ble in­cludes Dries van Noten, Lost & Found, HIGH, Ms Min, I’M Isola Mar­ras, PAUW Am­s­ter­dam, An­to­nio Mar­ras, Wun­derkind, Sharon Wau­chob, Uma Wang and Si­mone Rocha.

Shop 2, 177 Toorak Road, South Yarra. 9826 4900. Shop 3, 177 Toorak Road, South Yarra. 9827 4665. co­

n 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. 1A and 1B, 268 Flin­ders Lane, Mel­bourne. 9650 4554. 125 Toorak Road, South Yarra. 9820 2088. etal-aus­

■ 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 bou­tique, just two kilo­me­tres from the Mel­bourne City Cen­tre.

91 John­ston Street, Colling­wood. 9078 7938. Free de­liv­ery Aus­tralia-wide and ex­press de­liv­ery world­wide. TALLER.COM.AU

■ MADE IN MI­LAN. Made In Mi­lan spe­cialises in both men’s and ladies’ im­ported de­signer cloth­ing. You will find some of the world’s top fash­ion brands at im­porter’s prices in­clud­ing Moschino, Cavalli, Ver­sace, D&G, Re­play, Dsquared and Shi 4. With a buyer in Florence con­tin­u­ally sourc­ing the hottest Ital­ian de­signs, fash­ion fol­low­ers will al­ways find the lat­est for­mal and ca­sual at­tire at Made In Mi­lan.

Ge­orges on Collins, Shop 1, 162 Collins Street, Mel­bourne. 9654 4626. madein­mi­

■ MARTI PORT­FO­LIO. Marti Port­fo­lio on High Street, Ar­madale is your on­estop-shop for home­wares, fash­ion and ac­ces­sories. The fash­ion in store is uniquely in­di­vid­ual and im­ported from Europe as well as from Aus­tralia and New Zealand’s best de­sign­ers, while the in­te­rior fur­nish­ings and dé­cor items are ex­clu­sively de­signed in-house, or sourced from Europe. Marti Port­fo­lio have rounded up the best to un­cover a world of in­spi­ra­tion you won’t find any­where else.

1018 High Street, Ar­madale. 9500 8894.

■ ROX­ANNE FASH­IONS. Rox­anne sells an af­ford­able and ex­clu­sive range of de­signer mix and match co­or­di­nates. They stock Aus­tralian made gar­ments in con­junc­tion with other in­ter­na­tional la­bels in­clud­ing Joseph Ribkoff, Verge, Not Your Daugh­ter’s Jeans and Seven Sis­ters. See their ad on page 29 to re­ceive a 10% dis­count for the month of March.

304 Lit­tle Collins Street, Mel­bourne. 9663 4247. 109 Swanston Street, Mel­bourne. 9639 6134. The Block Ar­cade, 102 El­iz­a­beth Street, Mel­bourne. 9654 5051. 280 Don­caster Road, Balwyn North. 9816 4411. rox­an­nefash­ ■ SMOOTH. Smooth is Aus­tralia’s premier age pos­i­tive, size pos­i­tive brand. De­sign­ers Amanda Owens and Cather­ine Mcquade met in the 80s when Cathy’s pop group Deckchairs Overboard played at Amanda’s night­club, Stranded. They be­came best friends and in 2000 launched Smooth, de­sign­ing el­e­gant but funky pieces for women over 40. 100% Aus­tralian made, they of­fer an

Spencer Out­let Cen­tre.

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

Sweet treats from Gâ­nache Choco­late Lounge.

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