The true beauty of shopping in Melbourne is the city’s European charm: historical landmarks, contemporary innovations, and a broad range of shopping options provide something for everyone. The best shopping experience will depend upon individual tastes and preferences, but tourists and locals alike enjoy shopping in Melbourne’s malls, browsing through local markets, and stopping off between adventures for a treat in the food courts and sidewalk cafes.
Bourke Street Market
The Bourke Street market and mall provide the ideal daytime shopping excursion. While the Bourke Street Mall is not what you would expect to find in North America, it is a delightful pedestrian-only area where many high-end shops are located. Though more pricey than other locations, for anyone who loves to shop, Bourke Street is well worth a visit!
Melbourne Central is a North American-style mall for men, women, young adults, teens, and children. Melbourne Central is exactly what the name implies… an innovative city center and prominent shopping area, with quality shops such as the Glue Store, and business offices. A transportation hub makes this section of the city easily accessible.
If indoor shopping is more your style, Collins Place situated at the uppermost end of the street offers a bustling typical mall-type atmosphere. The stylish architecture built from contemporary glass and metal helps make Collins Place a pleasant place in which to shop. It is a wonderful place to browse, relax, and experience the diverse selection of culinary treats within the popular food court.
Located on Yarra River’s southern banks, Victoria Gardens is an indoor mall on the eastern side of the Central District. Southgate features well-known furniture and department stores, and jewelry, clothing, and book shops. Additionally, Chapel Street is the ideal place to find vintage items, fashionable clothing from Australian designers, specialty shops, galleries, and cafes.
Swanson Street is one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets. Just travel northwards from Flinders Street station to find an excellent selection of reasonably priced items and quality souvenirs for incredible bargains. The ‘heart and soul’ of the city, Swanson Street is a favorite amongst local shoppers and visitors who are fortunate enough to discover the hidden treasures and to uncover the fully stocked basement clothing shops.
Queen Victoria Market
Take Elizabeth Street north to Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, one of the largest shopping quarters in the world. Since the end of the 1870’s, Queen Victoria Market represents a time-honored tradition that has persevered to become a fashionable modern marketplace. Just take Tram 55 or continue north on Elizabeth Street to experience an expansive market with beautiful fashions, fresh vegetables and fruits, and novelty items.
Where are your favorite places to shop in Melbourne?
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