So you are headed to Melbourne but haven’t got a clue on where to shop at? Fret not. We have shortlisted 10 Places To Shop In Melbourne that will cover everyone’s differing budgets and styles.
Yes, our comprehensive guide includes thrift shopping destinations, indie markets where you can find one-off pieces and malls where you can find your familiar brands.
From the The Rose Street Market, Sunday Camberwell Market to Chadstone Shopping Centre, here are 10 Top Places To Shop In Melbourne. Do take note of each destination’s opening hours as some markets only operate on certain days. We sincerely hope you find this list useful, and do share with us your favourite shopping places in Melbourne too!
#1 BRUNSWICK STREET
Located in the inner part of North Melbourne, Brunswick Street is a bohemian district renowned for its hipster-looking cafes, live band performances and alternative fashion retail stores. Many Melburnians are drawn to the neighbourhood’s amazing selection of affordably priced preloved garments, unique handmade accessories and local edgy street wear.
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
#2 CAMBERWELL MARKET
As the saying goes, one man’s trash is indeed another man’s treasure. Camberwell Market is a local Sunday market that sells second hand goods and handicrafts. From old newspaper collections to retro records, expect to find a fascinating variety of eccentric collectibles. Hardcore vintage fans should definitely not miss this!
Entry: Gold coin donation.
Camberwell Marketplace Car Park
Station Street, Camberwell
Sunday: 7am – 12.30pm
Nearest Train Station: Camberwell
#3 CHADSTONE SHOPPING CENTRE
Hailed as Australia’s Fashion Capital, Chadstone Shopping Centre is the largest mall in the entire Southern Hemisphere. Located just a 25-minute car ride away from the city, tourists can hop on a free shuttle bus that departs from Federation Square to visit the retail complex. Home to 500 international and local stores, shopaholics will find themselves spoilt rotten for choice.
1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone
Tel: +61 3 9563 3355
Sun to Wed: 9am – 5.30pm
Thu and Fri: 9am – 9pm
Sat: 9am – 6pm
Nearest Train Station: Oakleigh
#4 CHAPEL STREET PRECINCT
Chapel Street Precinct boasts an interesting myriad of reputable global brands, local designer boutiques and even quaint vintage stores. It is the ultimate destination to be at and to be seen for aspiring fashionistas. The bustling strip is so popular that it has been coined as the ‘longest catwalk in the Southern Hemisphere’. Ready to shop till you drop?
Chapel Street, South Yarra
Mon to Thu: 10am – 6pm
Fri: 10am – 8.3pm
Sat: 10am – 6pm
Sun: 11am – 5.30pm
Some stores may vary
Nearest Train Station: South Yarra
#5 COLLINS STREET
Needless to say, Melbourne city’s Collin Street is reserved for those who can afford high-end designer fashion. Even if your budget does not permit a damaging retail therapy, we reckon there is no harm window shopping around this premium precinct. Luxurious international brands such as Cartier, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. can all be found here.
Collin Street, Melbourne
#6 DFO SOUTH WHARF
With more than 180 retail outlets offering up to 70% discount off their usual prices, DFO South Wharf is where one can score a good bargain for a high quality item. Conveniently located a stone’s throw away from the iconic Crown Casino, shoppers can expect favourite local Australian brands such as Forever New, Lovisa and Tony Bianco right at DFO South Wharf.
20 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf
Tel: +61 3 9099 1111
Mon to Thu, Sat and Sun: 10am – 6pm
Fri: 10am – 9pm
Nearest Tram Station: Port Jct/Whiteman St
#7 EMPORIUM MELBOURNE
Emporium Melbourne might be the newest addition to the city, but it is already making waves in the fashion industry. The huge shopping mall is also connected to David Jones, Melbourne Central and Myer Melbourne via bridges. Emporium Melbourne is truly a shopper’s wonderland with its directory of Australian designers, high street fashion and other brands.
#8 ESPLANADE MARKET
Held every Sunday morning, the Esplanade Market is a must-visit for everyone who loves arts and crafts. The local outdoor beachside market takes immense pride in supporting art pieces, jewellery and other beautiful crafts made by Australians artisans. Explore over 150 stalls and who knows, you might just pick up an one-of-its-kind artwork for a meaningful souvenir.
Upper Esplanade, St Kilda
Tel: +61 3 9209 6634
Summer Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Winter Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: Robe St/The Esplanade
#9 QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET
No trip to Melbourne is complete until you have visited the famous Queen Victoria Market. Established since some 120 years ago, the heritage attraction is interestingly serving the local communities till date. Come forth and sample a plethora of fresh gourmet or simply shop around the various retail isles (located behind) for some unexpected exciting discoveries.
Corner of Victoria St and Elizabeth St
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
#10 THE ROSE STREET MARKET
The Rose Street Market remains relatively unknown to foreigners due to its secluded location. However, this hidden gem is an absolute delight featuring all things handmade and is a frequent weekend haunt amongst those in the know! From stunning homewares, one-off hand-sewn dresses to tasty treats, you will find Melbourne’s best designs at this lovely market.
Sat and Sun: 11am to 5pm
For more recommendations, read our guides on the best food & travel places in Melbourne.
About the writer:
Hui Jun Ng is a staff writer for ladyironchef. She previously worked in the food and marketing industry. She loves traveling and enjoys exploring underrated destinations. In her free time, you will find her indulging in coffee and her all time favourite local dish – bak chor mee.