"Melbourne is the best city to shop in! Better than Sydney!"
Melbourne shopping can be lots of fun! So much so that it is quite common for groups of girls to organise a weekend away to Melbourne just to shop (and perhaps enjoy a few coffees and meals out too!)
Shopping in Melbourne is great due to the contrasts - boutique shopping to well known chains to bargain hunting or vintage stores. There really is something to please everyone.
This is my favourite shopping area in Melbourne.
You can get here by tram or just grab a cab for less than $20.
Chapel Street is over 2km long but the best shops are around Prahran. You get a great mix of established chain stores and querky boutiques.
It's also hard to get lost as it literally is just one long road of shops.
You can get there by tram on 72, 8, or 6 from Swanston street.
This is also a great place to stop off for lunch or breakfast. Try any of the lovely cafes along the strip and you won't be disappointed.
The Bridge Road
Again, this area is outside of the city so you'll need to get a tram or taxi.
Bridge Road is served by trams 48 and 75. Both can be caught along Flinders Street in the City Center.
Bridge Road in Richmond is full of factory outlet type shops so provided you are willing to hunt, you will certainly find a bargain.
The Bridge road is probably the best value for money shopping in Melbourne. But there’s more than just outlet shops. There is something for everyone here including records, electricals and furniture.
It is also where I’d come for shoes. There’s plenty of cafes and bars to rest your weary limbs along the way.
Shopping in The City Centre
Central Melbourne offers some great shopping:
Collins Street (you’ll need the American Express card as this is where all the pricey shops are!)
Bourke Street Mall – you’ll find the well know Australian David Jones and Myer department stores here
Flinders Lane – Boutiques. Another favourite area of mine as it is quintessentially Melbourne!
Vintage Melbourne Shopping
If Vintage shopping is your thing then think about enjoying a Vintage tour.
This experience is awesome! You get chauffered around in a vintage car and get a personal shopper to take you to the best clothes and home stores in Melbourne - vintage all the way of course.
Cost is about $200 per person and there are some gourmet treats thrown in for good measure. A real Melbourne shopping experience!
If that all sounds a bit expensive then do it yourself and visit some great op shops. Check out my guide here: Shopping Melbourne
Discount Outlet Melbourne Shopping
It can be hard to find some of the outlet shops so going on an organised tour can be a great idea. This one is a real gem.
Bargains and Bubbles Tours by Melbourne's Outlet Shopping Tours is a fun and relaxed day of discount retail therapy. Your tour host will help you to discover some of the best discount outlets and hard-to-find warehouse sales.
The itinerary will change based on availability and sales in various shops but may include women’s fashion, shoes, handbags, men’s and kid’s clothing, homewares, chocolates/nuts/food, stationary, jewellery and accessories, cosmetics, gifts, hats, scarves, luggage, books, electrical goods, sportswear, lingerie and sleepwear, leather goods, sunglasses, swim wear, toys, Manchester, surf/street wear, sunglasses, knitwear… Lunch & a glass bubbles (or soft or hot drink) is included in the price.
You can sit back and relax and enjoy your day of shopping without the worry of carrying bags, tackling trains and trams, paying for taxis or finding directions and car parks. By the end of your shopping day you’ll feel like you’ve saved money!
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