Melbourne is well-known as a shopping destination. To help you as you start to put together your wish list, we sat down with Chief Concierge James Ridenour to get his shopping recommendations.
If you know where to look, the city is filled with quirky one-of-kind stores:
- Christine, 181 Flinders Lane
A hidden mecca of quirky and wonderful accessories and fashion. Descending the steps from Flinders Lane you enter in a warm red wonderland.
- Lord Coconut, Level 5 Mitchell House, Corner Lonsdale St & Elizabeth St
This one is just for men and is a home for all fashion accessories wild and wacky yet sophisticated. If you or the man in your life is looking for some unique jewellery, Lord Coconut is a must visit.
- Nicholas Building, 31-41 Swanston Street
Home to artist studios and eclectic retail spaces, the stores here provide a meet the maker experience. From beads and buttons to kimonos and hand-made bags, the Nicholas building is exploration of artistic talent in Melbourne.
The centre of all things cool and trendy, Fitzroy is home to unique stockists which are run by interesting and talented personalities:
- Smart Alec, 235 Gertrude Street
Described as a “classic aesthetic for the discerning gentleman”, this hat shop will delight every hat loving man. They also have a range of cuff links, gloves and scarves to complete your accessory transformation.
- Signet Bureau, 165 Gertrude Street
More a fashion gallery then a regular shop, Signet Bureau features Melbourne designer MM Söhn, as well as collections from Melbourne based designer Robyn Black, Japanese label Moyuru, contemporary jewellery by Alicia Carriero, Brosingamen and KT Jewel plus locally designed footwear by Booker & Co and Renee Farina.
- Mondopiero, 28 Brunswick Street
Featuring fashion, homewares and art, this eye catching space is a curated collection of beautifully crafted pieces.
- Metal Couture, 122A Gertrude Street
Studio-shop of William Llewellyn Griffiths specialising in avant-garde jewellery.
Chadstone Shopping Centre
Newly renovated, a shuttle leaves from Federation Square every hour on the weekend to this shopping destination. For overseas visitors bring your passport along to get the Chadstone Tourism Shopping Passport, a booklet of discounts from the service desk.
Make sure to check out some of the new flagship stores that have opened after the spectacular renovation including Sephora, Uniqlo and H&M.
For those who enjoy their shopping en plein air, Melbourne has many great markets.
- Arts Centre Sunday Market in the city
- Queen Victoria Market in the city
- Rose Street Artist Market in Fitzroy
- St Kilda Esplanade Market in St Kilda
For fashion aficionados, these fashion exhibitions are also showing.
When planning your next getaway to Melbourne, have a look at our accommodation packages.