Melbourne has a vibrant retail scene with the city’s shopping precincts offering fantastic places to shop. A plethora of international and local brands and products contribute to an ever changing shopping experience that is second to none. Featuring the latest designs just off the catwalks of the world and cutting edge designs in a range of consumer and other products from jewellery, accessories, shoes, bags, cosmetics, artworks, electronics and other products that is guaranteed to make shoppers shed more money that they would really wish. Discover the many extraordinary shopping destinations in the city located amongst the myriad department stores, shopping centres, arcades and laneways.

If it is fashion you are after the many stores of homegrown designers scattered around the city display creative, well crafted and original ready to wear collections from playful confections to more restrained formal wear for the young and not so young. Melbourne also has a hot arts and crafts scene where visitors can pick up that original very special piece of jewellery to turn heads or that quirky design made from a combination of precious and imaginative materials. Also on offer is a variety of opal jewellery and unset opals. A series of galleries are found around the city with affordable artworks in a range of styles to suit almost every taste. There is even a place for emerging artists in Rose Street where visitors can pick up decorative and personal items. Other interesting places to shop at are stores featuring vintage collectibles, unusual yet functional accessories and items for the home sourced from around the world, bookshops with the latest bestsellers and other reading material. The city is not short on music stores either offering selections ranging from blues, folk, country, jazz, pop and everything in between by local and international artistes. For bargain hunters there is the Docklands famous for its brand outlets and specialty stores where wholesale bargains are to be had for some of the best fashion brands and home wares.

Markets are a quintessential Melbourne shopping experience. These are the places to snag outstanding bargains. In addition to the Queen Victoria Market spread over eleven ha with over 600 retailers selling everything from fruit, vegetables to gourmet food, fashion and general merchandise there are several similar markets all over the city with some specializing in books, rare books, handicrafts, buttons, vintage collectibles, baby and kids products and women’s apparel. If evening shopping is your thing then there are several night markets that have interesting selection of wares.

For those short on time and for others not wishing to trudge the convoluted byways of the city looking for bargains the many shopping tours on offer are guaranteed to provide some of the best shopping experiences. Tours will take shoppers to warehouses, sales and discount shops that cover a whole gamut of merchandise from fashion, to art and objet d’art.

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