Top Places to Shop
Along with dining and entertainment, Melbourne’s shopping draws visitors from all over the world. The city is famous for the unique stores, and boutiques that line its city streets. Although Melbourne features local and international designers as well as large department stores and quaint shops, the best way to shop in the city is by precinct rather than product or label. Many of these destinations are within easy reach of your choice of Crown Hotels located in Melbourne.
Bourke Street Mall
Located between Elizabeth and Swanston Streets; Bourke Street Mall is one of the city’s main retail hubs. Featuring big-name retailers, the pedestrian-friendly section of Bourke Street is only accessible on foot or by tram. The historic 1864 General Post Office building has been repurposed to house H&M and a number of casual cafes. Home to a wide range of department stores and boutique shopping malls,, Bourke Street is the perfect place to start your shopping adventure in Melbourne.
Collins Street and Block Arcade
Probably the most iconic retail district in Melbourne, Collins Street features high-end jewellers, fashion boutiques and luxury shops. Situated on the upper end of the street, the stylish Collins Place Mall is noted for its glass and polished metal architectural design. Erected before the turn of the last century, the Block Arcade is reminiscent of the Galleria in Milan with its decorative interior that includes resplendent mosaics, a glass canopy and carved stone finishes. It is one of Australia’s best examples of the Victorian Mannerist style.
Located on Lonsdale Street in the Central Business District (CBD), Emporium Melbourne provides a premium retail experience. Housed in the repurposed architecturally significant Myers Emporium, shoppers enjoy a 46,000-square-foot retail destination that contains one of Australia’s largest collections of high-street fashion labels under a single roof. Boasting 24 flagship stores and several first-to-Australia brand names, Emporium Melbourne is also home to a multi-story café court featuring 30 iconic eateries.
Queen Victoria Market
Those looking for bargains when shopping in Melbourne should head to the Queen Victoria Market. In operation for more than 120 years, the market is a melting pot of different cultures and ethnicities with colorful and aromatic stalls selling a variety of wares. The stalls offer discounts on clothing and toys as well as fresh produce, gourmet foods and unique products that can only be found here.
The largest shopping complex in the Southern Hemisphere, Chadstone boasts more than 530 stores including a section dedicated to the world’s top 12 luxury brands. High-end retailers, department stores and one-of-a-kind boutiques offer products ranging from clothes and accessories to sports equipment and housewares. The mall also includes two international food courts, movie theaters, a bowling alley and day spas.