Destination Shopping in Melbourne
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy: Bordering Melbourne’s CBD you will find Brunswick Street Fitzroy. This area is unpretentious, lively and exciting and hosts a diverse range of shopping alternatives. Well known for its bohemian and artistic feel, Brunswick Street hosts a fabulous array of cafes, organic produce stores, alternative book shops and funky local design and second-hand vintage boutiques.
A coffee at the Black Cat Bar is a must to begin your day. It’s said to have been one of Brunswick Streets first cafes and the soul of Brunswick Street. Great vintage shops Hunter & Gatherer , Shag with a mix of new and recycled wares and American Vintage Clothing are the perfect place to find that unique piece you have been looking for. With a no-stress browse policy, The Brunswick Street Bookstore is a fabulous way to spend an hour or so and if you are feeling peckish after this drop into Alimentari aka ‘The Deli’ for either a quick bite or a slow lunch over a glass of wine. Heading home stop by at Flowers Vasette forone of their beautiful bouquets.
Black Cat Bar 252 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Hunter & Gatherer 274 Brunswick Street , Fitzroy stores.bsl.org.au
Shag 130 Chapel Street, Winsdor, Melbourne VIC 3181 www.shagmelbourne.com
American Vintage Clothing 133 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy www.americanvintageclothing.com.au
Brunswick Street Bookstore 305 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy brunswickst.circlesoft.net
Alamentari 251 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy alimentari.com.au
Flowers Vasette –247 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy www.flowersvasette.com.au
Chapel Street, South Yarra/Prahran: Chapel Street is an iconic shopping destination for Melbournians and visitors alike. Full of chic boutiques y ou will find all the famous designers you know and some up and coming designers you don’t yet know. The top end designers and exclusive retail outlets can be found at the Toorak end of Chapel and the funky vintage and retro stores towards the Windsor end. Wondering up and down this famous strip you will be sure to find any array of treasures that will brighten up your day.
Drop into Lulu Lemon to purchase a pampering gift for someone or yours truly or to get inspired. Pick up a unique piece of jewellery or homewares from Dinosaur Design - also a beautiful store to purchase a gift if looking for purely Australian products. Louis Epstein is where you go for your jean-fix if you are hungry or thirsty there are no shortage of bustling cafes and eateries on Chapel or just off Chapel on one of the little side streets. Great for breakfast, a snack or just coffee try Barista Café just off Chapel, Prahran end or Café Gaia if you are at the northern end of Chapel.
Lulu Lemon – 256-260 Chapel Street, Prahran VIC 3181 www.lululemon.com.au
Dinosaur Design – 562 Chapel Street, South Yarra www.dinosaurdesigns.com.au
Louis Epstein Jeans – 415 Chapel Street South Yarra
Barista – 3a Carlton Street, Prahran
Café Gaia – Shop ¾ Avoca St, South Yarra/Toorak
Melbourne CBD – Melbourne CBD has a vibrant retail scene with something for everyone. From the latest cutting edge designs to classic timeless pieces you will be sure to enjoy this exciting and unique shopping experience. Renowned for being the fashion capital of Australia Melbourne’s CBD is full of hidden laneways and arcades where you will discover designer boutiques ,quirky shops, delicious cafes and superb restaurants.
Where to start? Degraves Street and Centre Place are laneways overflowing with individual boutiques and cafes. It is easy to imagine yourself in one of Europe’s bustling cities sitting here in these old cobbled laneways. Instead you are in the heart of Melbourne. A quintessentially Melbourne coffee experience can be had at Degraves Expresso, or a taste of Italy from il Tempo on Degraves. Meander through the laneways and arcades of inner city Melbourne streets.
You will also find all the big name brands and shopping chains in the CBD. Bourke Street Mall is host to an array of these. The famous Spanish shop Zara has opened in Melbourne and is on Bourke Street Mall. You can also find Myer, and David Jones two of Australia’s iconic department stores.
Collins Street plays host to the more high-end retailers. Often referred to as the ‘Paris end of town’ you will find north on Collins such flagship stores as Chanel, Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton. Amongst these international icons is a favourite Australian store of mine - Jan Logan – here you will find beautiful and unique designed jewellery.
Bridge Road, Richmond: Only minutes from the city centre you will find the lengthy shopping strip of Bridge Road. Whether it’s clothes, furniture, homewares or finding a yummy bite to eat, Bridge road has it all. Though the strip has some of the familiar, big brand names it is easy to avoid these. Bridge Road has a host of smaller boutiques where up and coming designers are making their start. It can also be a street for the thrifty shopper as Bridge Road houses some of Melbourne’s iconic second-hand outlets.
Try dropping by any of these to find a unique piece from Melbourne.
Archie – clothing store 207 Bridge Rd, Richmond 3121 (www.archies.com.au)
CoCo Kitten – Handbags – 94 Bridge Rd, Richmond 3121
Dada & Co – Italian Fashion – 234 Bridge Rd, Richmond 3121
Food Glorious Food:
Queen Victoria Markets/Prahran Market/South Melbourne Market – Melbourne is home to three fabulous open air produce markets . The markets offer a huge variety of fresh produce, including fresh fruit and vegetables, meat chicken, seafood and delicatessen products.
The Vic Markets, as they are locally known, are a famous tourist destination. They are bustling with life and the stallholders making friendly banter for your business. Aside from the fresh produce on offer for very reasonable prices the market is a wonderful place to bring the kids. On Saturdays there are often bands playing, children’s rides and lots of delicious food vans to sample in between your shopping.
Over the summer months November to February the Suzuki Night Markets run at the Queen Victoria Markets. Here in the evening over 200 stalls offer locally made clothing, prints, jewellery and cultural products. Hawker style food markets offer a vast array of international cuisine – you can eat your way around the world as you shop.
Phillipa’s Bakery, Various Locations – If you love a good loaf of bread you will love Phillipa’s Bakery. Bread and pastries are made with all natural ingredients and each loaf of bread is moulded by hand. There are three bakeries in Melbourne however Phillipa’s do sell to some outlets and are available from a few Farmers Markets – look for Phillipa’s or smell the dough baking. Delicious.
Butchers – you’ll find some of the freshest finest cut meats at the butcher stores in our local markets here in Melbourne; Queen Victoria Market, South Melbourne Market and Prahran Market. Hagen’s Organic Butcher is very popular and one of Victoria’s original organic butchers. You’ll find them at Queen Vic and Prahran Markets.
Fish Tank – honestly when I cook fish from the Fish Tank whether I grill it, bake It or put it in a curry it always tastes just so good. I love this fish shop. They sell market fresh local seafood and also some of the freshest fish and chips in Melbourne. A great place to sit and eat or grab some take-away. If it's a hot summers night ….. call and place your order first!
20 Church St, Brighton 3186 (03) 9592 0697