From laneway chic to boutique sleek, discover edgy local designers, high fashion, historic arcades and department stores galore in inner Melbourne. We’ve got the perfect spots for your holiday spree.
Hit up 11 of the best places to shop ‘til you drop in Melbourne’s must-visit shopping precincts.
Glide through the architectural veins of Emporium Melbourne and see first-hand why the centre is the city’s pre-eminent shopping destination. Pass through the grandiose 1920s Myer façade, shop in luxury flagship stores and be mesmerised by local and global brands all under one spectacularly high roof.
Alpha60 is a Melbourne fashion institution, driving creativity from its Collingwood-based studio. The brand has woven itself into the fabric of Australian fashion through its fresh take on classic styles and cuts and a style branded as ‘sophisticated quirk.’ Visit the 400 sqm Chapter House concept store and exhibition space on Flinders Lane or head to Fitzroy for the Alpha60 outlet store.
Hailing from 1892, The Block Arcade is one of the city’s most ornate shopping precincts. Saunter off Collins Street and admire the soaring glass canopy and mosaic floors and browse wares from bespoke tailors, jewellers, art dealers and spice merchants. Pick up a sweet treat from the chocolate shop or enjoy a high tea at The Tea Room 1892.
Discover the best of Fitzroy on Gertrude Street – a microcosm of this eclectic ‘burb, you can shop vintage wares, visit a gallery and taste some of Melbourne’s best cuisine in corner pubs, tapas bars and award-winning restaurants. While the day away flipping through vinyls at Northside Records, shop local labels at Leonard St., and sift through vintage clothing, high-end accessories, and the best name brands at PPHH.
Chadstone – The Fashion Capital
Experience Australia’s biggest shopping centre at Chadstone – The Fashion Capital. Home to over 500 stores, including 100 Australian brands and 40 luxury ones, as well as a HOYTS cinema complex, a LegoLand Discovery Centre and a 250-room luxury hotel. Located 17 kilometres from inner Melbourne, a tourist shuttle bus operates between Federation Square and Chadstone every day.
Centrally located on Elizabeth Street, surrounded by public transport options, The Strand is another one of Melbourne’s convenient shopping hubs, where you can get designer clothing from Acne Studios, comfy footwear from ASICS, or homewares, jewellery and accessories from Dinosaur Design’s collection of colourful goods.
Clothing The Gaps
Situated in Melbourne's vibrant inner north in the heart of Brunswick, Clothing The Gaps is an Aboriginal social enterprise and must-visit shopping destination. Here, you can support local Aboriginal businesses and learn more about important conversations happening in First Nations communities while shopping for Melbourne-made accessories, clothing, stationery and homewares.
Haute couture for a new generation, Masons on Flinders Lane is THE place to go for luxury men’s fashion. From edgy to modern or classic cuts, shoppers can get tailor-made suits with the old-world style of Corneliani or a more Japanese avant-garde look with a get up by Ambush.
Subtle, but not boring, feminine, without the frills and structure without stricture, Scanlan Theodore is a defining influence in Melbourne’s local fashion scene. Head to Emporium Melbourne, the infamous Chapel Street in South Yarra, or High Street in Armadale, to find a new favourite piece.
Independent fashion at its finest, Obus represents cutting-edge Melbourne design with a splash of quirk. With dresses, coats and pants in all the latest colour-drenched cuts and styles, Obus is your golden ticket to a hot wardrobe.
Just off the hustle and bustle of Swanston Street in the heart of the city is dot COMME, Melbourne’s answer to curating your dream wardrobe. Lovers of fashion inspired by art can browse in-store for out-of-the-ordinary street and everyday wear.