Shopping capital of Australia, Melbourne is blessed with a wide array of exclusive shopping centres. Locals and tourists are spoilt for options making executive decisions about shopping destinations. This article is a compilation of the most fabulous shopping centres dotted all over Melbourne.
Melbourne City is bestowed with a number of top-notch shopping centres.
Bourke Street Mall Bourke Street Mall with some of the biggest power players of the retail industry certainly comes to mind when considering the best shopping centres in Melbourne. The Myer Emporium proudly perches on 314 Bourke Street. The massive nine storied building holds everything, from clothes to toys, cookwares to homewares, electronic goods to makeup. Right across from the Myer Emporium you will find the David Jones, poised to satisfy all your shopping needs. On Bourke Street you will also find the likes of Bardot, Bodyshop, Politix and so forth. This retail heart of Melbourne is a popular ground for Melbourne's many talented buskers who will keep you entertained almost anytime of the day.
Where: Located in between Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street, Melbourne CBD How to get there: A 5 to 10 minutes walk from Flinders Street station and Melbourne Central station will deliver you to Bourke Street Mall. Any tram along Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street will drop you at the mall.
Melbourne Central Shopping Centre Melbourne Central Shopping Centre is another venerable destination for shopaholics. While expensive stores like Seed and Karren Millen abound, mid-range and cheaper names like Quick Brown Fox, Bardot, Forever New and Valley Girl also reside inside the Melbourne Central Chopping Centre. There are two food courts to satiate your hungry soul and a small library to gratify your inquisitive mind. Keep your eyes peeled for occasional shopping festivals where lucrative bargains can be bagged. Furthermore, you can indulge in Melbourne Central's Styling and Shopping Service where professionals assist you in stocking up your wardrobe in line with the latest trend. Where: Corner of Latrobe Street and Swanston Street, Melbourne CBD How to get there: Melbourne Central Shopping Centre sits right on top of the Melbourne Central railway station. Any trams on Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street will take you to the Melbourne Central Shopping Centre.
Inhabitants of the eastern and southern suburbs of Melbourne are fortunate to have a horde of world class shopping centres at their disposal.
Chadstone Shopping Centre Arguably the largest shopping centre of Australia, Chadstone Shopping Centre is a shopaholic heaven with its plethora of both mid-range and luxury stores. Providing refuge to over 530 stores and over 9,500 free car parking spaces, Chadstone is popularly dubbed as the Fashion Capital. Luxury retailers like Louis Vutton, Tiffany & Co., Miu Miu, Chanel having a prominent presence along with lesser known fashion labels. Myer and David Jones also take up impressive amount of space. However, cheaper alternatives such as Bardot, Target, Jays Jays, Diva, G Bag enjoy great popularity. There are 3 food courts with cuisines from all corners of the world. In addition, numerous bank branches call Chadstone home meaning if you run out of cash visiting your bank will only take minutes.
Where: 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone How to get there: Chadstone Shopping Centre is highly accessible by both car and public transport. You can take advantage of the free parking. Alternatively, you can hop on a bus from Oakleigh Station on the Dandenong line, Hughesdale Station on the Cranbourne line, Murrembeena Station on the Pakenham line, and Holmesglen Station on the Glen Waverly line. Most buses from these railway stations stop at Chadstone.
Westfield Southland Westfield Southland is another shopaholic paradise with its extensive range of luxury and obscure brands. Certainly not as huge as Chadstone, Southland is still a remarkably big shopping mall with over 410 retailers. Patrons of all demographics, age groups and income range will have a ball wandering through the numerous stores of this magnificent shopping centre.
Where: 1239 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham How to get there: Southland is easily accessible by car. If you are heading from Melbourne CBD then Nepean Highway will deliver you to Southland. Otherwise, you can take a short 15 minute walk from Cheltenham station on Frankston line.
Eastland Shopping Centre In comparison to Chadstone and Southland, Eastland Shopping Centre can be described as a dwarf. Nevertheless, most eminent brands can be spotted in Eastland. Soak up the wonderful vibe as you fill your bag with fabulous goodies from one of the 230 retailers that call Eastland home.
Where: 171 - 175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood How to get there: Eastland is only 5 minutes walk from Ringwood Station on Belgrave and Lilydale lines. If you take the car, then Eastland can be reached from the Maroondah Highway / Warrandyte Road, Ringwood Bypass and Ringwood Street.
Westfield Knox Shopping Centre Located in the far east of Melbourne, Westfield Knox Shopping Centre commands respect for its sheer size. The shopping centre is filled with over 350 stores and over 6300 free car parking spaces. Knox is divided into two sections namely, Knox City (main indoor section) and Knox O-zone (outdoor leisure centre). It is easy to lose yourself in exploring the myriads of stores which fill the shopping complex.
Where: 425 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South How to get there: If you opt for the car, you can take the Eastlink and exit at Burwood Highway. If public transport is the preferred option, then you can board any of the buses including Smartbus 901 and get off at main Knox City centre.
Westfield Doncaster Westfield Doncaster is a huge shopping centre offering a good range of favourite and popular brand names. Chic and high class brands harmoniously co-exist with lesser known and cheaper alternatives. While shopping at Doncaster will ensure a bucketload of fun grabbing a bite to eat in the food court, the Drum, is nothing short of a delight. Savour delightful delicacies while reveling in the beautiful sight of the city skyline from the food court.
Where: 619 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster How to get there: Located only 15 minutes from Melbourne CBD and accessible via Eastern Freeway, taking the car is a viable option. You can also go to Doncaster Shopping Centre by using one of the 15 bus routes.
Northern and western suburbs
Highpoint Shopping Centre With the recent renovations in 2013, Highpoint has earned the bragging right of being compared to the Chadstone Shopping Centre. Over 500 retailers fill the huge shopping complex. A noteworthy list of retailers such as Myer, David Jones, Armani Exchange, Apple, Chanel and Diana Ferrari abound. There are two food courts to sate your hunger. There is also a wonderful fresh food market located inside the centre to aid you in your grocery shopping.
Where: 120-200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong How to get there: While easily accessible by car, Highpoint Shopping Centre can also be reached by boarding tram number 57 and 82 and taking a short 10 minute walk.
Northland Shopping Centre Northland Shopping Centre is the apple of the eye for the residents of the northern suburbs. Brimming with fantastic brands like Fossil, Lorna Jane and Kate Hill, Northland also houses mid-range and cheaper brands.
Where: 2-50 Murray Rd, Preston How to get there: Northland Shopping Centre offers over 4800 parking spaces meaning taking the car is a delightful option. You can also choose to take a bus including Smartbus 903 to reach this impressive shopping centre.
Werribee Plaza Definitely much smaller than the afore-mentioned shopping centres, Werribee Plaza has all the attributes to gratify the souls of eager shopaholics. The sprawling single-level shopping centre houses a respectable list of brands. There are plans on foot to rebrand this shopping centre as part of a 370 million dollar redevelopment project.
Where: Derrimut Rd, Werribee How to get there: Taking the car is the best option to reach Werribee Plaza.
One of my all time favourites is actually Bridge Road between Hoddle and Church Streets, Richmond, as well as Greensborough Shopping Centre; Lygon Street, Carlton is also another good area - good mix of shops, and like Bridge Road, the added bonus of some nice cafes/coffee shops to rest between shopping.