Best Melbourne Shopping Experiences
Melbourne is known for its shopping and there is something her to suit everyone's tastes - from one off boutiques to Factory Outlets giant shopping complexes and everything in between.
Here are some of our favourites.
Retro Star Vintage Clothing
Established in 2002 RetroStar Vintage Clothing has grown into the largest vintage store in Australia. Located in the heritage Nicholas Building in Swanston Street Melbourne, it is home to an extensive range of vintage clothing, shoes, bags and accessories. They specialise in the 1940’s through to the 1990’s which are sourced from around the world.
Tucked away in every corner you will discover everything from vintage afternoon tea dresses to beaded jackets, playsuits to power suits, kitten heels to 80’s ankle boots and our men’s range is equally extensive with a bold range of vintage trousers, shirts, blazers, jackets, flares, knits, ties, boots and shoes. There are over 500 original vintage t-shirts, sports t-shirts, Adidas track jackets, hoodies and sweat tops.
Chadstone Shopping Center
Chadstone – The Fashion Capital is Australia's No.1 retail, dining and entertainment destination for local and international visitors. An all-encompassing retail experience, Chadstone features over 550 stores, designer boutiques and 39 luxury brands including Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Celine, Givenchy, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Dior and Loewe.
Chadstone offers the very best in food, with gourmet providores and fresh food specialists, as well as an impressive line-up of international restaurants, casual dining eateries and quick bite options. There are over 90 eateries to choose from. Visitors looking to extend on their shopping experience can sit back and relax in our HOYTS Cinema Complex where every leather seat reclines or visit Australia’s first and only LegoLand Discovery Center.
Just 25 minutes from the Melbourne CBD, you can access Chadstone by car, bus, train or our free shuttle bus services which depart Federation Square and some CBD hotels multiple times a day. The centre is located on the way to Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade and the Mornington Peninsula.
Queen Victoria Market
The open-air Queen Victoria Market is loud and proud, packed with veteran stallholders who are passionate about fresh produce (and are happy to tell you about it). It's popular with locals as their go-to for fresh fruit, veggies, meat and an outstanding variety of dairy and small goods, but has also become something of a 'must visit' for tourists.
And why not? With a huge number of stalls selling clothes, accessories and other bric a brac the markets have evolved into more than just the place to get your weekly shop. Cafés line the market's outskirts and are usually heaving with brunchers every weekend. Be mindful of the market's opening hours before visiting (they're closed Monday and Wednesday) and be sure to get a hot jam doughnut before you leave.
In summer and winter, be sure to visit the Night Markets, held every Wednesday. Here, the market takes on a new guise as a hub for designers, food trucks and live performance.
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