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Melbourne is Australia’s shopping capital – whether it’s international brands, Australian designers or local handmade artisans, there’s something for everyone in Melbourne.
The city itself boasts some of the best shopping – the ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street is where you’ll find designer brands from Louis Vuitton to Chanel. Bourke Street Mall contains the city’s two biggest department stores – Myer and David Jones. Flinders Lane is the home of boutique shopping, where you’ll find independent and local designers. Melbourne also boasts two historical arcades – the Block Arcade and the Royal Arcade, as well as shopping meccas in the GPO, the QV precinct and Melbourne Central.
For those looking to venture beyond the CBD grid, head to inner city South Yarra where you’ll be greeted with Chapel Street – a lengthy strip of shops where upmarket fashion designers meet vintage and thrift stores.
And if you’re looking to venture even further, head to the inner south-eastern suburb of Malvern East to Chadstone, well known as the Fashion Capital – it’s the biggest shopping centre in Australia, and is claimed to be the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere.
Melbourne citizens are no doubt a fashionable lot, and the city is home to many talented local designers and therefore lots of shopping. To admire their work, visit boutiques like Arabella Ramsay, Gorman, Vixen and Willow. Vintage clothing is also hugely popular, and one of the best places to find it is Hunter Gatherer in St. Kilda. The shop also features its own vintage-inspired brand, and all profits go to local charities.
For the department store experience, head to Melbourne original Myer, the largest of its kind nationwide, or check out David Jones, another Australian classic.
If you’re looking for reading material for the plane ride home, Metropolis Bookshop is an excellent source for rare books on art and design. Readings in Carlton is another great find. This well-stocked bookstore carries an impressive collection of Australian fiction and often hosts in-store events with authors and musicians.