Melbourne is renowned as being one of Australia’s shopping capitals – a revered Mecca for the serious shopper. There are always great deals available on luxury accommodation in Melbourne, making it the perfect place for a girly weekend or short break with shopping the main focus.
There are a number of distinct shopping areas in Melbourne – each possessing a distinctive vibe. Bourke St Mall between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets is the home of major department stores, so you can pick up everything from designer fashion to wedding gifts here, while the Royal Arcade in Bourke St is the city’s oldest shopping arcade and contains some of Melbourne’s most beautiful stores.
Collins St is famous for its stretch of high end shops, with its upper end christened the ‘Paris End of Melbourne’ by locals. If you are shopping for designer jewellery, fashion and luxury goods, this is the place to come. Stores include the likes of Chanel, Tiffany & Co and Louis Vuitton to name a few.
Other high end shopping spots in Melbourne where you will find haute couture, funky fashion and numerous specialty stores include: the Block Arcade, Little Collins Street and The Crown Casino Complex.
Travel south east of the city centre and you will stumble upon Chapel St. A popular shopping strip, Chapel Street is where many visiting celebrities (and home grown ones) like to shop – it is the place to see and be seen. There are many popular brand stores here, fashion boutiques, funky homewares stores and chic cafes for when it’s time to ctch your breath and enjoy a spot of morning or afternoon tea.
On the city fringe there is St Kilda, with its trendy, cosmopolitan vibe-head to Acland Street for its eclectic mix of fashion and secondhand stores. If you are looking for factory outlets make your way to Brunswick or Docklands.