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The Best Spots for Shopping in Melbourne

We break down some of the best shopping destinations in Victoria's capital.

Bourke Street Mall

If you aren't up for the challenge of navigating yourself around the city's best shopping destinations, then an organised shopping tour is an ideal option. Outlet shopping is a great way to bag a bargain and scour some of the racks of the biggest brand names in the business. One of the most popular shopping tours in the city is the 'Bargains and Bubbles' tour which will take you on a day trip to the best outlet shops and includes lunch, a glass of bubbles while taking away the hassle of lugging your purchases around all day. If you're looking for a relaxing yet therapeutic day at the shops then have a look at Outlet Shopping Tour's most popular day tour.

Melbourne Outlet Shopping Tours

| CBD |Chadstone |South Wharf |Docklands |Chapel Street Precinct |

Location:Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

One of the most popular shopping hubs in the city, Bourke Street Mall is buzzing with locals and tourists rushing from shop to shop buying from some of the country's biggest brands. Fashion giants Myer and David Jones have massive stores here both with eateries inside so you can take a break from shopping and have a treat without having to leave the store. Other brands calling the mall home include popular Spanish brand Zara, Cue, Roger David and Forever New to name a few. Bourke Street Mall also has off-shooting arcades and blocks that are well worth. Trading hours differ from store to store so be sure to check individual store for their opening hours online.

Location:350 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

Accessed via Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne's GPO is a former post office turned shopping hub. A small yet worthwhile shopping arcade, Melbourne's GPO features a number of shops and boutiques including the popular international clothing brand H&M as well as local businesses Larson Jewellery and Absolutely Altered and Tailored as well as Alto Events Space which is often hired out for private functions.

Melbourne's GPO
  • Ca De Vin
  • Federal Coffee Palace
  • Gekkazan
  • Mama's Buoi
  • Monday to Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Location:282 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD

One of the most iconic shopping destinations, The Block Arcade is a heritage listed building located in the CBD. The Arcade itself is something to admire with mosaic tile flooring and a glass canopy, it's 19th century design and decoration is quite impressive. In terms of shops, you'll find a number of popular and boutique retailers including Crabtree & Evelyn, Wittner Shoes, Australian By Design and Haigh's Chocolates.

Trading Hours
  • Monday to Thursday: 8am-6pm
  • Friday: 8am - 8pm
  • Saturday: 8am - 5pm
  • Sunday: 9am - 5pm
Location: 211La Trobe Street, Melbourne CBD

Known for the busy train station, Melbourne Central is a shopping and food mecca with a number of popular stores under the one roof. Fashion and accessory stores include Bardot, Colette, Converse, Country Road, Foot Locker, Gap, Mimco, Nike, RM Williams and Rebel Sports to name a few. Beauty stores include MAC, Sephora, Napoleon Perdis, Priceline and Mecca Maxima. In terms of entertainment you'll also find Hoyts Cinema and Strike Bowling Bar in the centre.

Eateries
  • Boost Juice
  • Central Sweets
  • Burger Edge
  • Harajuku Crepes
  • Hungry Jacks
  • Mad Mex
  • Max Brenner
  • KFC
  • McDonald's
  • TGI Fridays
  • The Pancake Parlour
  • Coles
Trading Hours
  • Monday to Wednesday: 10am - 7pm
  • Thursday + Friday: 10am - 9pm
  • Saturday + Sunday: 10am - 7pm
Getting There
  • By Train: Central Station located in the centre
  • By Tram: 3, 5, 16, 19, 24, 27, 30, 57, 59, 64
  • By Bus: 200, 201, 203, 207, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 319
Parking

There are over 800 undercover spaces available and for every $10 you spend at any Melbourne Central store you'll receive $8 per hour parking from 7am to 5pm all you have to do is have your ticket validated at the time of your purchase.

  • Early Bird Rate (enter before 10am, exit after 3pm): $17
  • Standard Rate: $16 per hour
  • Evening Rate: $12 after 5pm
  • Maximum Rate: $60 per day
  • Lost Ticket: $64

Location:282 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD

One of the most iconic shopping destinations, The Block Arcade is a heritage listed building located in the CBD. The Arcade itself is something to admire with mosaic tile flooring and a glass canopy, it's 19th century design and decoration is quite impressive. In terms of shops, you'll find a number of popular and boutique retailers including Crabtree & Evelyn, Wittner Shoes, Australian By Design and Haigh's Chocolates.

Eateries
  • Grill'd
  • Max Brenner
  • Movenpick
  • Gloria Jeans
Trading Hours
  • Monday to Thursday: 10am - 7pm
  • Friday: 10am - 9pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday: 10am - 5pm
Parking

There's a great deal on parking, if you spend $1 at any QV specialty retailer you're entitled to a parking discount to cap your total at $19. Also, if you spend over $30 or $60 in one transaction at either Woolworths, Big W, Dan Murphy's, Harvey Norman/Domain, you'll receive either 1 or 2 hours free parking.

  • 0-0.5 hrs: $5
  • 0.5-1hr: $20
  • 1-2hrs: $30
  • 2-3hrs: $40
  • 3+hrs: $50
  • Night Rate (5pm-6am): $12
  • Weekend Rate: $12
Location:222 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

Another small arcade off Bourke Street, Target Centre is home to a number of shops including Target, City Chic, Novo Shoes, Creelmans Pharmacy, Vintage Cellars and Mister Minit. Located across Swanston Street on Bourke Street, Target Centre is easy to find and navigate

Eateries
  • Gloria Jeans
  • Easy Way Tea
  • Grand BBQ
  • Oishi Sushi
Trading Hours
  • Monday to Friday: 8am - 10pm
  • Saturday + Sunday: 8am - 8pm
Parking
  • Golden Square Carpark: 217 Lonsdale Street
  • Midcity Chinatown: 179 Little Bourke Street
  • Wilsons Parking: 180 Russell Street
  • Wilsons Parking: 222 Russell Street

Location:287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD

Focusing on high end shopping with a number of international brands opening their doors. The Emporium is connected to Melbourne Central, Myer and David Jones making travelling to each of the different shops and hubs as easy as can be. If you're looking for some of the more elite, designer brands outside of the two department stores then this is the destination for you. Here you'll find Armani Exchange, Calvin Klein, Camilla and Marc, Carla Zampatti, Kate Spade, Dion Lee, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Rodd and Gunn, Scanlan Theodore and White Suede to name a few.

Emporium Melbourne
Eateries
  • Zumbo
  • Chatime
  • Guzman Y Gomez
  • Sushi Sushi
  • Pho Nom
  • Spud Bar
Trading Hours
  • Monday to Wednesday: 10am - 7pm
  • Thursday + Friday: 10am - 9pm
  • Saturday + Sunday: 10am - 7pm
  • Public Holidays: 10am - 6pm
Parking

There is no parking in the actual centre however there are a number of parking lots close by at the addresses below.

  • 460 Lonsdale Street
  • 392 Bourke Street (via Hardware Lane)
  • 189 Queen Street (Adina Apartment Hotel)
  • 300 Flinders Street
  • 179 Little Bourke Street (Midcity Chinatown)
  • 28 Latrobe Street

Location:234 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD

As the name suggests, this is boutique shopping located in the heart of the city on Collins Street. Home to a small collection of boutique fashion, beauty and specialty stores you will find Dymocks taking up the first floor, and fashion stores Mollini, Saba and Indigo.

Eateries
Trading Hours
  • Monday to Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
  • Thursday: 10am - 7pm
  • Friday: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
  • Public Holidays: 12pm - 5pm
Getting There

If you don't have a car then there are public transport options to take you there.

  • By Train: Flinders Street and Melbourne Central Stations within walking distance
  • By Tram via Swanston Street: Trams 3, 3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, 72
  • By Tram via Elizabeth Street: 19, 57, 59
  • By Tram via Collins Street: 11, 31, 48, 109, 112
Parking

Again, the centre doesn't have its own parking lot however there are a number of carparks within walking distance.

  • City Square Car Park: 202-208 Flinders Lane
  • Council House Car Park: 200 Little Collins Street
  • Wilsons Parking: 333 Collins Street
Location:350 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

Combining fashion and lifestyle, The Strand is home to a number of designer brands, beauty salons and eateries. Here you'll find fashion labels Desigual, Gorman, Nobody Denim, Midas, Veronika Maine and Habbot as well as Brow Theory, Australia Post, Dinosaur Designs and The Bathing Box.

Eateries
Trading Hours
  • Monday to Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
  • Thursday + Friday: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday: 11pm - 5pm
Location:513 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne CBD

Considered the heart and soul of Melbourne, the Queen Victoria Markets have been running from the same location for many years. Taking the title of the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere, you'll find fresh fruit and vegetables, artisanal breads, butchers, fresh seafood, poultry, delicatessens and wine! In the other sheds you'll find rows and rows of clothing, leather goods, shoes, souvenirs, toys, jewellery and more. There's sure to be something for everyone and a trip to Melbourne isn't complete without a visit to the Queen Victoria Markets.

Queen Victoria Markets
Getting There
  • By Tram via Elizabeth Street (Free Tram Zone): 19, 57, 59 to Stop 7,
  • By Tram via Peel Street (Free Tram Zone ): 55 to Stop 9,
  • By Bus: Melbourne Visitor Shuttle to Stop 8,
Trading Hours
  • Monday + Wednesday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday + Thursday: Fresh Produce 6am - 2pm / Specialty Stalls 8am - 2pm
  • Friday: Fresh Produce 6am - 5pm / Specialty Stalls 8am - 3pm
  • Saturday: Fresh Produce 6am - 3pm / Specialty Stalls 8am - 3pm
  • Sunday: Fresh Produce 9am - 4pm / Specialty Stalls 9am - 4pm
Parking
  • 0-1hr: FREE
  • 1-2hrs: $5
  • 2-3hrs: $12
  • 3-4hrs: $20
  • 4-5hrs: $25
  • 5-6hrs: $30
  • 6-7hrs: $35
  • Lost Ticket: $35
  • After Hours Exit: $30
  • Saturday + Sunday Max: $20
Location:1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone

One of the biggest suburban shopping centres, Chadstone Shopping Centre is located in Melbourne's south-eastern suburb. Making it easy to spend a whole day in the centre, Chadstone SC features a number of popular brands that Australian shoppers have come to love. With the likes of brand giants Myer, David Jones, Gap Apple, Dymocks, Tiffany & Co., Victoria's Secret, JB Hi Fi, Kmart and Target as well as the likes of Bonds, EB Games, Lorna Jane, RM Williams, Nike, Pandora and Adidas. As an added bonus, visitors to Melbourne can grab a Tourism Shopping Passport full of exclusive deals and discounts for various stores in the centre. You are considered a tourist if you live regionally, interstate or overseas.

Melbourne's GPO
Eateries
  • Woolworths
  • Coles
  • Colonial Fresh Market
  • Roll'd
  • Salsas
  • Gyoza Gyoza
  • Boost
Trading Hours
  • Monday to Wednesday: 9am - 5:30pm
  • Thursday + Friday: 9am - 9pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 6pm
  • Sunday: 10am - 5pm
Getting There
  • By Free Fashion Shuttle from Federation Square, CBD: 9am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm
  • Return Free Fashion Shuttle to Federation Square, CBD: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm
  • By Train: Oakleigh, Hughesdale, Murrumbeena & Carnegie Stations close by, then catch a bus to centre
  • By Bus via Oakleigh Station: 903, 742, 800, 802, 804, 862, 900
  • By Bus via Hughesdale Station: 767
  • By Bus via Murrumbeena Station: 822
  • By Bus via Holmesglen Station: 624, 902
Parking

Chadstone SC has the largest shopping centre carpark in Australia with 9000 FREE spaces spread over 5 parking lots. There's a mix of open-air, undercover, parents with prams and mobility impaired parking spots.

Location:20 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf

For the best outlet shopping in Melbourne, DFO South Wharf is the place to go! Boasting over 120 factory outlet stores featuring some of the most popular clothing and accessory brands such as Lorna Jane, Mimco, Peter Alexander, Seed, Victoria's Secret and Nike. Other big name brands include Calvin Klein Jeans, Cue, M.J. Bale, Sass & Bide and Adidas. Homeware and tech brands include Bed, Bath'n'Table, Nick Scali Furniture and JB Hi Fi

DFO South Wharf
Eateries
  • Woolworths
  • Coles
  • Colonial Fresh Market
  • Roll'd
  • Salsas
  • Gyoza Gyoza
  • Boost
Trading Hours
  • Monday to Thursday: 10am - 6pm
  • Friday: 10am - 9pm
  • Saturday + Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Getting There
  • By Train: Southern Cross Station is close by
  • By Tram via Southern Cross Station: 96 & 112
  • By Tram: 70, 109
Parking

DFO South Wharf Parking: Carpark entrance is via Normanby Road and is open 24/7. Freeway Parking: Entry via Normanby Rd & Munro Street.

  • 0-1hr: $10
  • 1-2hrs: $20
  • 2-3hrs: $30
  • 3+hrs: $40
  • Lost Ticket: $50
  • Evening Rate (enter after 6pm, exit before 6am): $10

Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre: Entry via Normanby Road, open 24/7.

  • 0-1hr: $14
  • 1-2hrs: $28
  • 2-3hrs: $42
  • 3+hrs: $56
  • Lost Ticket: $56
  • Evening Rate (Mon-Thurs) (Enter after 6pm, exit before 6am): $16
  • Evening Rate (Fri): $20
  • Weekend Rate: $20 per day
  • Early Bird Rates (Enter from 6am-9am, exit from 3pm-12am): $17
Location:440 Docklands Drive, Docklands

Another outlet shopping centre, Harbour Town Melbourne located in Docklands is an open-air centre across the river from DFO. With over 100 stores you'll be sure to find something you'll like with the likes of Costco, Bonds Outlet, Pumpkin Patch, Levi's Outlet, Royal Doulten Outlet, Canterbury, Forever New and Toy World. It also has a popular dining and entertainment precinct with Melbourne Star, Glow Golf, O'Brien Group Arena and Simulator World all in or close to the centre.

Eateries
  • Chocolateria San Churro
  • Nandos
  • Harbour Town Hotel
  • The Coffee Club
  • Burger Monster
Trading Hours
Getting There
  • By Tram: FREE City Circle Tram stops directly outside, or 70 via Flinders St, or 86 via Bourke St
  • By Bus: 220 Stop 6
  • By Train: Southern Cross Station close by
Parking

There are 2 parking lots open 24/7 with 1500 spaces combined.

  • 0-1hr: $3
  • 1-4hrs: $7
  • 4-24hrs: $10
Location:440 Docklands Drive, Docklands

One of the most popular shopping districts in Melbourne, Chapel Street spans from South Yarra, through Prahran and St Kilda East to St Kilda. The street is spit up into seven different neighbourhoods, each providing a different retail experience.

Chapel Street Precinct
Eateries
  • Woolworths
  • Coles
  • Colonial Fresh Market
  • Roll'd
  • Salsas
  • Gyoza Gyoza
  • Boost
Trading Hours
  • Monday to Thursday: 10am - 6pm
  • Friday: 10 - 8:30pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday: 11am - 5:30pm
Getting There
  • By Train: Prahran, Windsor and South Yarra Stations are all nearby
  • By Tram to Commercial Road & Chapel Street: 72 to Camberwell
  • By Tram to High Street & Chapel Street: 6 to Glen Iris
  • By Tram to Toorak Road & Chapel Street: 8 to Toorak
  • By Tram to Dandenong Road & Chapel Street: 5, 64 to Malvern & East Brighton
  • By Tram along the length of Chapel Street: 78/79 North Richmond to Prahran/St Kida
Parking

DFO South Wharf Parking: Carpark entrance is via Normanby Road and is open 24/7. Freeway Parking: Entry via Normanby Rd & Munro Street.

  • 1hr free street parking throughout precinct
  • Secure covered parking also available
  • The Jam Factory Parking
  • 0-0.5hrs: FREE
  • 0.5-12hrs: $7
  • 12+hrs: $14
  • Early Bird (Park Above Lvl 4): $6 for 12hrs from entry
  • Evening (Enter after 5pm): (Mon-Thurs) $6 / (Fri) $7
  • Weekend/Public Holidays: $7

Known for attracting treasure hunters with a number of boutique and vintage stores spread along the street. The Windsor Quarter also has a busy food and drink scene with a number of local joints attraction large crowds throughout the day and especially in the evening.

Home to THE Chapel Street that everyone has either heard of or been to, this part of Melbourne is one of the most desirable in the city. With a range of designer boutiques ranging from affordable to high end fashionistas are sure to be in their element here and when you need a break from shopping you can sit down at one of the local cafes for a drink and a bite to eat. South Yarra is also home to The Jam Factory>, a popular shopping centre off Chapel Street. The Jam Factory features four clothing shops; Cue, Nine West, Target and Topshop/Topman, a number of eateries; Boost Juice, Lindt Chocolate Café, NY. Burger and , and even entertainment; Village Cinemas and Gold Class Cinema.

Known for its fashion boutiques and vintage stores you can nab yourself an ancient keepsake or a unique frock. There are also a number of cafes and bars spread around the place making it the perfect destination to sit back, relax and people watch.

A modern take on the traditional laneways Melbourne is known for, this part of Chapel Street is edgy and delicious. There are a number of trend-hitting boutiques, however one of the main attractions is the food and drink. Here you'll find a number of popular cafes and restaurants including Brunch Spot, Two Birds One Stone and Adriano Zumbo.

Combining some of the best shops and cafes in one spot, Prahran's Chapel St is home to the popular Chapel Street Bizarre. With a number of heritage listed storefronts, emporiums and halls branching off the main strip, you're sure to bag a bargain from one of the treasure troves or boutiques while also being blown away by the beautiful buildings.

Bourke Street Mall

Home to the historic Prahran Market here you'll find the streets abuzz with fresh fruit and veggies being thrown in bags, baked goods being devoured and loyal locals bartering for a good price from their trusty vendors. The atmosphere here is unlike anything else and come meal times the street is brimming with hungry people scouring the cafe and restaurant scene. It is a dining mecca with shops serving dumplings, pastries, kebabs and everything in between.

Showcasing the finer things in life, Chapel Street North is a popular lifestyle hub with a buzzing cafe culture. Come breakfast, lunch and dinner you'll see locals emerging from their luxury apartments and strolling around the area to find the pick of the day. If you enjoy browsing and wandering around then Chapel Street North is a great destination.

Location:163 Commercial Road, South Yarra

One of Melbourne's premier fresh food markets for the last 125 years, Prahran Market is a uzzing foodie scene just waiting to be devoured. With local vendors turning up every week you'll find poultry and game, fresh fruit and vegetables, butchers, seafood, delis and organic produce, patisseries, grocers and tea shops and ready-to-eat food from Mr. Bratwurst, The Falafel Man, Ann's Fish and Chips and Dragon Sushi to name a few.

Trading Hours
  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday to Saturday: 7am - 5pm
  • Sunday: 10am - 3pm
Getting There
  • By Train: Sandringham Line to Prahran Station
  • By Tram: 72 to Stop 30 towards Camberwell from Swanston St
  • By Bus: 216/219, 220 from Cnr Queen St & Flinders Lane towards Brighton Beach or Gardenvale to stop 14
Parking
  • Early Bird (before 10am): $10.20
  • 0-0.5hrs: $1.20
  • 0.5-1hr: $2.70
  • 1-2hrs: $2.70
  • 2-3hrs: $5.90
  • 3-4hrs: $8
  • 4-5hrs: $10.50
  • 5-6hrs: $12.50
  • 6-7hrs (max): $16.80
  • Evening Rate: $8

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