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Published February 3rd 2016
Melbourne has an array of diverse shopping sites for people of all walks of life. You can take your kids, significant other or even your octogenarian parent out to Melbourne's unique shopping scene and everyone will find exactly what they are looking for and then some! Whether it is Melbourne boutique stores, gift shops in Melbourne CBD or a shopping centre in Melbourne, the city has just about every type of shopping you could hope for. Let's take a look at some of Melbourne's top shopping sites.
Head on out to central Melbourne and pay a visit to the Bourke Street Mall. This mall isn't exactly a traditional American style mall. It is more of a pedestrian mall positioned on the uber-popular Bourke Street. Here, you will find all the country's top stores ranging from David Jones to Myer's Department Store. You can spend the entire day wandering about the Bourke Street Mall and still feel as though you haven't seen the site in its entirety. It is the perfect place to find up-market clothing and cool little trinkets to take back home to your family.
If you have a good amount of money to spend, Collins Street is the place to spend it. This part of town features lovely little shops with all sorts of fantastic items. Just be sure to bring your credit card with the highest spending limit as shopping on Collins Street can get quite expensive.
Culture Kings in Melbourne features brands like Adidas, Crooks & Castles, G-Shock, Nike, New Era, New Balance and Billionaire Boys Club. You will find all the latest items from the top brands at this one-of-a-kind shopping destination. Whether you need bottoms, tops, footwear or headwear, Culture Kings has it!
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Situated on Lonsdale Street within the Central Business District, Melbourne Central is one of the city's top shopping centers. It has over 300 stores filled with everything from books to hair salons, restaurants, Australian opals and designer clothes.
Queen Victoria Market
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Take a walk northward on Elizabeth Street and you'll discover the Queen Victoria Market. Thought of as one of the top shopping outlets in Melbourne, this shopping site can also be accessed by way of the 55 tram. It's an absolutely enormous shopping market that sells everything from tasty local culinary delights to clothes, a grocery store and fun souvenirs that you will cherish forever. Queen Victoria is one of the largest markets of its kind in all of the world so don't plan on covering the entire area in a single day. The Queen Victoria Market is definitely worth two full days. Bring along a friend or your significant other and you will feel as though you are in shopping heaven.
Make the Most of Your Melbourne Shopping Experience
You are going to have a blast shopping in Melbourne. One final piece of advice to consider: Australians are extremely eco-conscious. Store cashiers will attempt to stuff as many items as possible into plastic shopping bags. Consider buying your own large shopping bags with extra long handles so you can fling them right over your shoulder as you make your way back to your car or taxi.