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There are two things Melbourne is famous for: shopping (awesome) and the weather (not so awesome).

Oh and coffee.

And live music.

And bars.

And that sport – you know, the one where they fall down all the time, have 4 goal posts in case they can’t get it between the 2 and wear tight shorts – oh yeah, AFL.

But for now let’s concentrate on the shopping!

Melbourne really is a shopper’s paradise, and let’s face it, with the weather like it is there’s no better place to be than indoors!

No matter your style, budget, or shopping needs, you will find it on the streets of Melbourne – guaranteed.

If you’re a mainstream fashionista and love following the trends, then Bourke St Mall in the CBD is the place to start your shopping adventure.

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Sure, every major city in the country may have a David Jones and a Myer, but Bourke St’s recently refurbished Myer has won national architectural awards (it really is incredible) and our David Jones is so big it spans both sides of the road!

Just south of the two major department stores you’ll find the designer delights of the GPO building.

A beautiful building in itself, the GPO is home to popular local designers such as Alpha 60, LifewithBird, Manning Cartell and Sass and Bide, as well as a home wares, jewellery, shoes and a whole host of incredible cafes and restaurants – just don’t forget to stop for coffee!

Melbourne’s Extraordinary

Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary?

Then jump on the 112 tram from Collins St and jump off at the alternative and eclectic Brunswick St, Fitzroy.

Brunswick St is a haven for the weird and wonderful, and is also a great place to pick up a bargain from one of the discount retailers scattered among the bars, restaurants and cafes.

One of the great bargain highlights this street has to offer are the male and female ClearIt stores stocking HEAVILY discounted designer duds and great basics like tshirts and jeans.

Shoppers beware: it is easy to spend hours sifting through the piles of sale items!

Brunswick St is also great for unique items such as the designer menswear of local brand Asuza, and the incredible home wares and knick knacks stores south of Johnston St.

Smith St Bazaar Fitzroy
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For the real bargain hunters, head east a couple of blocks and you’ll find yourself on Smith St, Collingwood.

Smith St is home to a huge array of discount outlets, including Bendon and Bonds, Nike, Adidas and Converse and a selection of quality fashion, surf and sport brands.

Smith St is also a great spot for picking up great vintage pieces and unique furniture from one of its many op-shops and furniture shops – Smith St Bazaar is a definite highlight!

Melbourne | Local Designers

For those wanting more of a designer experience outside of the CBD, Chapel St is definitely the place to go.

Stretching all the way from South Yarra down towards Windsor, Chapel St features designer store after designer store and has recently become home to some well-known international brands such as Top Shop and American Outfitters.

With an emphasis on what’s in this season, you may not find great bargains but you will find gorgeous pieces, incredible fabric and some great people watching from the many cafes, bars and eateries scattered towards the southern end of the shopping strip.

There are also some great local designers with shops on Chapel St where the prices are lower and the quality just as good – so be sure to check out some names you’ve never heard of!

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