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Published June 13th 2011
This is one season which needs no forecasting or weather department involvement. It comes in a jiffy and lasts as long as you want. It is needed when you have birthdays, weddings, parties or just a vacation in line. Children love it as much as young and experienced citizens do. Some call it pampering themselves, some tag it with necessity while the others like to call it splurging. Market analysts call it retail therapy but the most loved name for this season is Shopping.
Melbourne is blessed with shops and shopping centres which are perennially frequented not only by the fashion lovers but also by people, who love to decorate their houses, make sumptuous meals or up the contemporary quotient of their homes. Melburnians love to shop and if you are a new addition to this city or are just a visitor this post will usher you to the most loved shopping arenas of this city.
This promises to get you high just like its name with an array of 400 different stores. It encompasses stores which will satiate various nooks and corners of your shopper mind from dining, entertainment, movies, home maker centre to the urban clothing. All big brands and coveted names in retail market can be found here. With two food courts and massive multi parking facilities you will never get tired of shopping. It is touted to be the largest shopping complex in Melbourne, and lives up to this expectation as soon as you enter it. It is very well connected by public transport like buses, trams and taxis to take care of you and your shopping bags.
Address: 120-200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong Timings: Monday to Wednesday 9 am to 5.30 pm, Thursday & Friday 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday & Public Holidays 10 am to 5 pm. Specials: Currently it is offering up to 60% sale across the centre
Tagged as the fashion capital of Melbourne this shopping centre spells elegance and luxury in style. It forms the base for over 530 different stores which are well equipped to tickle your senses when it comes to clothes, accessories, movies, food, music and fun. The architecture of this shopping centre will overwhelm your mind and stay along with you as long as you are here. Grand design of this place is well matched by the seasoned names of different stores from national and international brands. It has huge parking space and two food courts with international cuisines to energise you and an entertainment precinct to keep you peppy.
Address: 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone Timings: Monday to Wednesday 9 am to 5.30 pm, Thursday& Friday 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm Specials: If you are an overseas or interstate visitor you can avail discounts up to 30% if you shop from a list of 200 stores in this centre. Even country visitors (living 50 km away from Chadstone) are eligible to benefit themselves from this offer.
There are 3 Direct Factory Outlets or DFOs across Melbourne and each one is unique in its own way. Men, Women and kids will find a great variety and affordable prices to buy everything which they have always wanted. Clothes, accessories, woollens, winter wears, home maker hub and much more create flavour for these stores. DFOs host over 120 brands which guarantee to appeal to you with their great prices, seasonal sales and of course latest styles.
Address: Southwharf (20 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf), Essendon (100 Bulla Road, Starthmore), Moorabbin (Corner Grange Road and Centre Dandenong Road, Cheltenham) Timings: 10 am to 6 pm 7 days a week Specials: Up to 70% off at DFO Southwharf
This is a retailer's paradise in Melbourne with over 100 years of legacy and history which has gratified many generations. Situated in Bourke Street in CBD this store boasts of 7 levels apart from the basement and ground floor. Each floor specialises in a different segment which makes the whole experience of shopping completely smooth and convenient. From massive cosmetic halls to women's wear, accessories, men's wear, kids corner, home section, electronics and gadgets and Apple products this store houses brands to give you the best. Enjoy some coffee or meal at its restaurant and cafe and walk out with hands full with shopping bags and heart filled with contentment.
Address: 314-336 Bourke St Timings: Monday to Sunday 9 am to 9 pm Specials: It currently has Australia's biggest Stocktake Sale going on up until 17th July 2011.
With a massive parking area for nearly 6000 cars this shopping centre is another favourite joint for the Melbournians. It is well connected by cars, public transport and taxis making it conveniently located. Big names like David Jones, Myers, Big W, Kmart, Target, ALDI, Coles, Safeway, Village Cinemas and others make it a hot spot for buying variety of things, be it for yourself or for your home or loved ones. Accessorise yourself or see the latest fashion in the stores and make each cent worth the spent. Grab a bite when you are hungry and enjoy the rich spread of stores and brands to buy something special.
Address: 1239 Napean Hwy, Cheltenham Timings: Monday to Wednesday 9 am to 5.30 pm, Thursday & Friday 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Specials: Westfield also has an online shop which runs 24x7.
These are the five fabulous places which form the crowning glory of Melbourne's shopping zest. So what are you waiting for now? Put on your shoes, grab your jacket and rush to these centres to quench your thirst for shopping and of course do not forget to carry your wallets and purses.