Top 10 malls, markets & outlet shops in Melbourne
Whether you love vintage, classic or haute couture, expect a jolt of retail excitement.
The laneways, department stores, shopping precincts and outlet malls of Melbourne are a retail paradise for designer discoveries, best buys and spectacular bargains. Whether you want to refresh your wardrobe or update your home, you'll find unique vintage items, up-and-coming designers, international luxury brands and great-value chain stores. Maybe it's time to book a prepaid extra bag?
1. Queen Victoria Market
The southern hemisphere's largest open-air market with some of the best shopping in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market is a treasure trove of food, drink, clothing, art and everything in between! It has been in operation for 140 years. Situated on the corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, the market is open every day except Monday.
2. Rose Street Artist Market
If you're wondering where to shop in Melbourne for original handmade fashion, jewellery, homewares, collectables, vintage pieces and art, then Rose Street Market is your place. Open every weekend, it's the retail channel for Melbourne's most interesting independent creatives. At 60 Rose Street in Fitzroy, the market is just a quick tram ride from anywhere in the CBD.
This is a high-end shopping experience that showcases amazing architecture and big-name brands. Everything about Emporium is sleek and stylish, right down to the gorgeous restaurants for refreshing and refuelling. From Alannah Hill to Zoo York, there are more than 200 stores to discover here. Look for Emporium at 287 Lonsdale Street in the heart of Melbourne CBD shopping.
If shopping were a sport, aspiring gold-medal winners would head straight for Chadstone, with its massive selection of international designer brands and great-value fashion franchise stores. The centre is located 30 minutes from CBD, so catch the free bus from Fed Square or your hotel. This is your chance to experience the biggest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere!
5. Collins and Little Collins Street
An alluring blend of history and haute couture makes Collins Street totally hip. Only three minutes' walk from Fed Square, this centrally located shopping precinct has designer stores housed in beautiful Victorian heritage buildings. Glorious stores such as Tiffany & Co and Bvlgari are interspersed with hidden bars, like the Gin Palace and Mamasita.
6. DFO centres
If bargains are on your mind, DFO (Direct Factory Outlets) centres offer a huge range of deal-focused homeware and clothing stores. You can count on a mix of local and international stores, as well as plenty of food options. If pampering is on your agenda, you’ll also find beauty and massage therapists. There’s a big DFO next to the Melbourne Convention Centre in South Wharf.
7. Block Arcade
Loved by locals and tourists alike, the Block Arcade off Collins Street is Melbourne’s ultimate heritage shopping experience. Built in 1892, it has a gorgeous glass canopy and intricate mosaic floors. High tea is a fabulous thing to do here, up in the iconic Hopetoun Tea Rooms, so arrive with an appetite.
8. Melbourne shopping tours
Whether you like vintage clothing, cheap shopping or nothing-but-luxe brands, in Melbourne you can have a shopping experience curated especially for you. Led by a personal stylist, who’ll provide grooming tips along the way, it will be a 'best of' itinerary that revolves entirely around your preferences. Possibilities include pop-up shops, boutique shopping streets, markets, outlet shopping and warehouse sales.
9. Bourke Street Mall
The pedestrian-and-tram-only Bourke Street Mall links Swanston and Elizabeth Streets. As you meander along the street, you'll be serenaded by buskers and marvellously impressed by the refurbished 1864 postal building that houses H&M. You'll also find huge Myer and David Jones stores offering a great high-street fashion shopping experience.
10. Smith Street, Collingwood
Collingwood is a neighbourhood that is perhaps best known for its fantastic food scene (a great option for post-spree sustenance!), but tucked along Smith Street are some shopping gems. There are factory outlets for bargain-hunters, plus a cluster of small stores selling a variety of unusual homeware and fashion goods. There's the potential to unearth some unique treasures here.