Shopping in Melbourne
Your visit to Melbourne will not be complete without experiencing the great pleasure of shopping in the city’s famous shopping streets, arcades and shopping complexes. If you want to enjoy a day of bargain hunting without worrying about directions, you can join one of the shopping tour groups.
If you’re the type of person who prefer shopping freely, alone or with a couple of your friends, here’s a list of the best shopping destinations in Melbourne to give you a head start.
Bourke Street Mall
This is a major shopping hub where you can find big name stores like Myers, David Jones, Zara and Target. Bourke Street Mall is located between Swanston and Elizabeth streets and is accessible only to pedestrians. Walking around will most likely make you hungry. No worries, you can enjoy great food from the iconic David Jones food hall or the other cafes and restaurants in the area.
Queen Victoria Market
This is the Queen of all markets in Melbourne, an institution that is over 120 years old. You will find almost everything from this gigantic market at bargain prices — clothing, toys, accessories, souvenirs, fresh produce — that’s why it’s a popular place among locals and tourists. Queen Victoria Market is located in the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria streets.
This is a modern shopping complex with over 300 stores, such as GAP, Crumpler, Oroton, Dangerfield, and Alanah Hill. There are also bookstores, salons, cafes, restaurants and food courts here. Melbourne Central is located between Lonsdale and La Trobe streets above the Melbourne Central train station.
This street is a popular street for luxury shopping. You will find here high end fashion, jewellery, shoes and luxury item stores. Some of which are Bvlgari, Rutherford, Tiffany & Co, Herringbone, Hugo Boss, Le Louvre, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Bally, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
Other shopping complexes within the area are Collins Place, Collins two3four, Georges on Collins and Australia on Collins. The Block Arcade, which is in a partially hidden laneway between Collins and Elizabeth streets, is a good place to go to as well.
Harbour Town Shopping Centre
This is Melbourne’s newest shopping mecca located in Docklands. The Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle offers a free ride to Harbour Town for everyone.
With over 180 stores, including factory outlets and specialty stores, shoppers go crazy over the myriad of bargain offers on designer clothes, jewellery, perfume, bags and more.
Aside from shopping, Harbour Town is a dining and entertainment destination. Relax in a waterfront cafe or enjoy delicious seafood in one of the restaurants. Ride the Melbourne Star, a giant ferris wheel, for a breathtaking view of the city.