With everything from the famous luxury brands located along iconic Collins St to bustling Bourke St Mall, Melbourne Central and QV, Melbourne city shopping is famous for the variety. Melbourne’s CBD is home to some of Australia’s prime retail strips, shopping centres and boutique lined laneways.
New additions to the Melbourne shopping landscape are St Collins Lane and Emporium Melbourne, which have shops which will please people with all budgets. If you are looking for luxury, visit the parliament end of Collins street with retailers such as Chanel, Tiffany and Co and Prada having their flagship stores in those locations. Our department stores Myer and David Jones occupy much of Bourke street with their multi-level offerings, which will suit people with any budget.
The many hidden boutiques in Melbourne’s famous cobblestone laneways give Melbourne the edge on style and fashion. Local designers rub shoulders with popular international brands making the city’s CBD one of the best retail locations in Australia.
To make the most of your shopping experience, wander the city by foot. If the plan is to shop until you drop, Melbourne’s trams make the CBD easy to navigate and get around without feeling exhausted by the end of your shopping spree. As most of the Melbourne city shops are in the Free Tram Zone, simply catch one to where you would like to go.
Our top places to visit when in Melbourne to shop are:
DFO South Wharf
DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) has two convenient Melbourne locations, one of which is situated conveniently Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders. DFO is known for its outlet shopping, which houses many domestic and international brands at heavily reduced prices. This is a one-stop destination for clothing, footwear and homewares, as well as many cafes and food outlets all under one roof.
Spencer Street Outlets
Located conveniently outside Melbourne’s Southern Cross Railway Station, Spencer Street Outlets are a CBD shopping mega-centre, with over 100 specialty stores selling new release and off-season items at discount prices. TKMaxx, Harris Scarfe and Cotton on are among the major retailers at this location and tourists are given exclusive offers when the shop alongside their travel.
Emporium Melbourne is a 48,000 square metre retail space that rises seven levels above Lonsdale and Elizabeth streets in the Melbourne CBD. The 225 stores feature a mix of Australian and International designers and their flagship stores, as well as connecting the iconic Myer Melbourne and David Jones department stores.
The heritage-listed site is also home to Uniqlo’s massive flagship store, as it is the perfect backdrop that plays homage to historical architecture meanwhile including elements of modern and trendsetting design.