A city brimming with rich culture and pizazz, a trailblazer for dynamic arts and design, a world-class culinary master, an eclectic shopping mecca – call it whatever you want because Melbourne is truly a vivacious city that offers something for everyone.
With an influx of homebred designers, artists and entrepreneurs scattered across every precinct, it’s safe to say that shopping in Melbourne is far from the ordinary. We unravel some of the best local shopping spots in our guide to shopping precincts in Melbourne.
Scouring for local designer boutiques may require a bit of a scramble in most cities but we can safely say that you’ll unearth the most coveted boutiques right in the heart of Melbourne CBD. Make a beeline for Flinders Lane; an ambitious street that surprises with ample indie shops by established homebred labels, the dynamic Little Collins Street for eccentric designers and Crossley Street for Melbourne’s most iconic shops.
A contrast from the frisky streets of the CBD, East Melbourne is a quiet urban escape complete with Victorian houses, gothic cathedrals, bountiful gardens and congruent streetscapes. Shoppers flock to Hawthorn – specifically Glenferrie Road to get their shopping fix.
Drenched with rich and diverse cultures, and a vibrant arts scene, North Melbourne is probably the most eclectic out of the lot. Amongst street art spotting, indie galleries and cool cafes you’ll find quirky fashion boutiques, arty homewares, handmade jewellery and accessory shops at Abbotsford, Brunswick, Fitzroy and Northcote.
Melbourne CBD may have some stellar local shopping spots but South East Melbourne comes in a close second. The relentlessly cool suburb boasts the “bests of the city” – best weekend market, best culinary scene and of cause, the best shopping destination. From hit fashion boutiques congregated at Toorak and South Yarra to a treasure trove of vintage goods in Prahan, it is no wonder the underrated suburb is quickly gaining street cred. If you’re up for more, be sure to explore local treasures at the famed South Melbourne Market.
Melbourne’s oldest suburb is quietly evolving into a stomping ground for foodies, fashionistas and the cool crowd – not only because it hosts the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park. Behind Victorian cottages lie upscale boutiques, hip cafes, local and international designers, eye-popping jewellery, elegant homewares and a wilful quirk factor.