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It can be hard to tell whether you're LV or Alannah Hill, Bar Lourinhã or No35, and thanks to the blurred distinctions between Collins and Little Collins streets, you can be a bit of both.

Haute

You may know Collins Street proper for its designer stores in heritage buildings, five-star hotels, private clubs and exclusive jewellers. It boasts its very own 'Paris End' and is often referred to as 'the top end of town'. Head in this direction for the flagship stores of Chanel, Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton, and to see all that sparkles at Georg Jensen, Jan Logan and Bvlgari. Stroll west for the twinkle of Tiffany & Co., and for more international brands at new luxury shopping centre St. Collins Lane.

Hip

It's time to add something local to your designer outfit, so veer out of the mainstream and into to Little Collins and Howey Place for haute couture and hip culture, and clothes by Melbourne's most interesting designers. Gents, find sartorial splendour in the menswear stores along the stretch between Swanston and Russell streets.

Historic

Look up to admire the 120-foot spire and decorated Gothic architecture of the historic Scots' Church, built by David Mitchell, father of Dame Nellie Melba, in the 1870s. Just a few doors west, discover fine and rare tomes dating as far back as the fifteenth century at Kay Craddock Antiquarian Bookseller.

Continue west to admire the elegant Art Deco architecture of the heritage-listed Manchester Unity Building on the corner of Swanston Street, and to meander the glass-canopied, mosaic-tiled Block Arcade linking Collins Street and Little Collins Street.

Cocktails and revelry

Keep your eyes out between shops for the hidden bars on Collins and Little Collins. Have a G&T at the Gin Palace and keep the midnight oil burning at Bar Ampere. Munch on tostadas and tequila at Mamasita, taste the Thai at Magic Mountain Saloon and for late night revelry, catch a band at Boney.

How to get there

By tram: Any tram along Swanston and Elizabeth streets to Collins Street; the free City Circle Tram to the corner of Spring and Collins streets or the corner of Spencer and Collins streets.

By foot: One to one and half blocks north from Federation Square (about three minutes).

Melbourne Visitor Shuttle: Stop 4. The complete trip includes 13 stops and takes approximately an hour and a half. The bus runs every 30 minutes between 9.30am and 4.30pm daily (excluding major event days) and includes an on-board commentary. Tickets at Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square or from ticket machines at shuttle stops.

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Things to do

Collins Street & Little Collins Street

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Boney

Catch the 2am show and get a bite to eat in Melbourne's favourite late night rock 'n' roll bar.

Bar Ampere

Unwind in the futurist surrounds, sample the imaginative menu, or discover the 'swamp room'.

Bistro Vue

Dig into classics like garlic snails, foie gras or duck confit at Bennett's classical French bistro.

The Italian

Acquaint yourself with Melbourne's suave, impeccably presented Italian, and its updated cuisine.

The Block Arcade

Cross the mosaic floor and explore the incredibly ornate Victorian architecture of Block Arcade.

Kay Craddock

Located in Assembly Hall on Collins Street this is a Mecca for book-lovers and history buffs.

Bar Lourinhã

Tuck into Med-inspired tapas and very good vino at Matt McConnell's joint on Little Collins.

Mamasita

Waste not a minute more to try perennial hotspot Mamasita, with its trailblazing Mexican menu.

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto

Everything about InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is geared to give you memorable, authentic...

Marais

Ascend the stairs to a sartorial haven of French glamour with achingly cool, covetable collections.

Manchester Unity Building

Admire the Art Deco architecture and elegant arcade of this heritage-listed landmark, built in 1932.

The Scots' Church

Look up to admire the 120-foot spire and impressive stonework of this historic, decorated Gothic church.

Meatmaiden

You've met Meatmother, now meet Meatmaiden, a basement den of meat, craft beer and bourbon.

The Golden Mile Walk

Melbourne Golden Mile Walking Tours, Golden Mile Heritage Walk provides participants with an...

Le Petit Gateau

Le Petit Gateau serves up indulgent cakes and exquisite tarts from a little niche in Melbourne's CBD.

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