melbourne shopping

When it comes to retail therapy, Melbourne is one of the most fun cities in Australia. Having your own transport is not essential but it will cut down on a lot of frustration. Waiting around for public transport or taxis can waste a lot of shopping time.

In addition, schlepping around your parcels on crowded buses or trains can be a pain – something you will have to consider if you are planning to really shop – Melbourne is a big city and the travelling distances can be long.

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Some of the places you will have to visit include:

Swanston Street

For bargain shopping at its best, you can’t really beat this area. Because it is not listed in the tourist brochures, it still has that ‘local’ feeling as well.

Bourke Street Mall
It is not actually a mall but a selection of stores; this is an upmarket shopping experience not to be missed.

Queen Victoria Market
You have to put this on your list of “Must do’s”. You can get just about anything here ranging from cheap and nasty souvenirs to upmarket sweaters. This shopping experience is one of a kind – this is one of the largest markets of its type in the world.

South Melbourne Market
Not quite as big as the Queen Victoria Market, this can be an ideal place to get the hang of the markets before wading into the Queen Victoria Market. It is not a small market by any means but is more manageable.

Collins Street
This is for serious shoppers – things come at a serious price. Still, if you are looking for something special that you won’t get anywhere else, Collins Street is the place to go.

Collins Place
At the top end of Collins Street, this centre has some stunning architecture. The food on offer is something not to be missed and this is the place to be seen.

Chapel Street
For lots and lots of shops with a wide range on offer, Chapel Street is the place to go. You can find anything from second-hand items to top notch designer items – Plan on spending at least one to two days exploring.

These are just a smattering of what is available in Melbourne so buckle up and get ready for a shopping extravaganza.