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Shopping in Melbourne: 6 great places for expats to start!

Posted by By Kirsty Parsons - November 19, 2014

shopping-in-melbourneWherever you are in Melbourne, you won’t fail to notice the abundance of shops on offer. Whatever you’re after, you’ll be sure to find it in any one of the department stores, malls and quirky markets. If you’re a newcomer after a few tips to get started, then here’s our guide on where's best for shopping in Melbourne…



Shopping in Melbourne: department stores

All of your shopping requirements will be catered for at Bourke Street Mall, which is home to the biggest department stores in Melbourne. Whether it be luxury, designer clothing, household goods or specialty items, you’ll find it all here along with some great restaurants and places to drink.

Shopping in Melbourne: factory outlets

Full to the brim with factory outlets, Bridge Road in Richmond is the place to grab a bargain. With designer clothes, shoes and accessories all marked at a third of their original price, this is a must for those shopping in Melbourne on a budget. You can also grab a bit to eat or something to drink at one of the many trendy restaurants, cafes or bars on offer here.

Shopping in Melbourne: markets

With over 370 stalls to browse, you definitely won’t leave Camberwell Sunday Market empty handed. Run every Sunday between 6.30am-12.30pm, this is where you’ll pick up vintage clothes, shoes, music, furniture and other collectables that you won’t find anywhere else. Unlike some other markets you won’t be able to buy fresh produce here, but there are several catering vans onsite to keep you well refreshed.

Shopping in Melbourne: boutiques

If it’s style and sophistication you’re after when shopping in Melbourne then Collins Street is the place to be. Flagship boutiques include Armani, Tiffany & Co, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Once the shops shut, Collins Street comes alive with evening entertainment and you will find an extensive array of bars, restaurants and clubs to choose from.

Shopping in Melbourne: high end and handmade

For true Australian fashion, head to Toorak Road where you’ll find all of the country's iconic brands. An eclectic mix of international designer labels, quirky boutiques and individual shops selling handmade wares can also be located here, making it a great place for all ages and tastes. Another excellent place to dine, Toorak Road is home to some fantastic delis, restaurants, bars and cafes.

Shopping in Melbourne: shopping centres

With over 500 stores under its roof, Chadstone Shopping Centre is now one of the largest shopping malls in Australia. A mix of everything from fashion, home wares, children’s toys and convenience stores, there’s something here for every age and budget. Chadstone is also famed for its all night opening on December 23rd - perfect for all those last minute Christmas shoppers!


For more information, tips and advice on moving to Melbourne or anywhere else in Australia, check out our Moving to Australia homepage.

Topics: Australia, Melbourne, Expat life, Area Guides

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