The popular and lively Melbourne Central shopping centre, located in the city, has a huge range of shops from dirt-cheap to designer, with everything in between.
The corridor of shops nearest to the Lonsdale Street entrance on the lower ground floor are something of a hot-spot for bargains. When there are sales on, you are sure to find some cheap fashion at Duchess, Pink and Phoebe Angel, all of which stock ladies wear following Asian trends. Stores where you are assured to find trendy clothing for a meagre budget are chain-stores Valleygirl and Cocolatte, which are inexpensive even when it's not sale time.
Melbourne Central is home to plenty of the chain-stores you know and love, with over one hundred clothing stores. As well as the aforementioned budget outlets, there are plenty of mid-range stores such as Bardot, Just Jeans, Country Road and the like. One shop that you must visit is the fabulous Forever New flagship store. Whether you shop there or not, you'll feel like royalty walking up the grand staircase. In fact, you may even enjoy the experience more if you are dragged into Forever New with no intention of shopping, so you can take advantage of the plush couches. If you are feeling more upmarket, head to Laura Ashley or Armani Exchange. One of the more interesting clothing stores is Antons, which specialises in 1940s and burlesque themed apparel.
The food at Melbourne Central is often just as stylish as the clothing. Sit down and indulge in a chocolate feast at Max Brenner. For adorable sweets, you can't go past The Cupcake Bakery and The Original Lolly Store.
As well as a shopping complex, Melbourne Central is also an entertainment hub, with the third floor providing plenty of options for social outings. Bring your friends to Rockstar Bowling for a night of ostentatious drunken tenpin bowling. After that, pay a visit to Partyworld, a Taiwanese karaoke bar, which boasts forty-two karaoke rooms. Perhaps the most intriguing venue in Melbourne Central is Hush Bar, a sophisticated cigar bar. For some traditional entertainment with a twist, go to the Hoyts beanbag cinema. There are also some fantastic eateries, such as the Pancake Parlour and Secret Recipe, located on level three.
Located conveniently atop Melbourne Central Railway Station in the heart of the city, Melbourne Central is arguably the most accessible shopping centre in the state. If you don't fancy travelling by train, take one of the many trams which go past.