Melbourne is perfect for shopping and with Christmas coming up and sales everywhere it is the ideal time for some retail therapy. The city laneways and arcades are full of boutiques and local designers and the larger centres such as Emporium Melbourne and Melbourne Central are home to the big brands.
Plus, throughout December there is a host of markets perfect for finding one-of-a-kind gifts created with care. Here are some of our favourites:
If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping, the Big Design Market on December 1, 2 and 3 is the perfect opportunity. On top of the 230 stalls featuring everything from fashion and jewellery to homeware and art there is also food and drinks, workshops and entertainment.
In addition to the regular Sunday Market by Arts Centre Melbourne, there is a special Christmas Market on Saturday 2 December. Featuring only locally made items from gifts to food, there is always something uniquely Melbourne to be found.
If you like your bohemian threads but value quality in both workmanship and materials then this is the event for you. Happening at Federation Square from 10am on the 10th of December, this is the perfect time to find something special for the boho lover in your life.
Collins Place has partnered with Creators Assembly for a boutique market event on the 15th of December from 10am to 8pm. At the Paris End of Collins Street, take a free tram from the hotel to Collins Place for this one-day event. Shop designers, handcrafted goods and tasty treats plus enjoy the Brown Brothers pop-up from midday.
Located an easy walk from the hotel down fashionable Collins Street, St Collins Lane is home to a boutique selection of brands. During November to January, St Collins Lane will also be hosting a Curated Melbourne Pop-Up. There will be a rotation of labels showcased and is a great place to shop for something unique as a present or to treat yourself.
The perfect present for the sweet tooth in your life or a great place to stop for a mid-shopping snack break, the Allen’s Lollysmiths Pop-Up Store will be at Melbourne Central until Christmas Eve. Create your own customised lolly jar with all your favourites or find a lolly gift pack.
The Queen Vic Markets are a Melbourne institution and every year their Christmas Markets are the perfect place to tick items off your present list. Plus, each Wednesday the night market takes place with a delicious variety of food and the buzz of live entertainment.
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