Melbourne is often referred to as Australia's fashion capital and both tourists and locals love the fact that they can fill their bags with different goodies. Still, this city has more than just pretty clothes to offer – delicious food, nice souvenirs, as well as authentic Australian jewellery bring people from all over the world to Melbourne. Make a list of the best shopping spots to visit once you get here – we've given you a few to begin with.
For anyone who's in love with history, heritage, and flea markets, the Queen Victoria Market is the place to be. You can wander around heritage sheds which will make you feel like you went back in time. The market is famous for its authentic local experience which both tourists and locals adore. It doesn't matter if you're looking for jewellery, souvenirs, food, or clothes, you will find what you're looking for here. What is more, you can even take the Ultimate Foodie Tour that lasts an hour and a half, join a small group of enthusiasts and food lovers, and walk around and eat the best food the market has to offer. Still, it's important to keep in mind the fact that the shops sell similar clothes and souvenirs, so you might be disappointed with the lack of diversity. On the other hand, if you're looking for a place to try new and exotic dishes, this is your place.
When you visit Melbourne, Degraves Street has to be on your must-see list. It's full of life and people, very hectic and, for those who aren't used to crowded places, it must seem chaotic. Still, there are some great cafes in the laneway, and you can always grab a cup of coffee and a snack at Nexus and stroll around, looking at unique things at quirky little gift shops the street is packed with. It's a great place to visit when you only have a couple of hours, but if you have more time, you can relax and take it slow, enjoying coffee, food, and the mood.
For those who don't like city centres, the suburbs have a lot to offer as well: Chadstone Shopping Centre is one of the biggest shopping centres in the suburban areas. It's quite easy to spend the entire day here and go through stores of famous brand giants such as Gap, Victoria's Secret, David Jones, Tiffany & Co., and Target. The best thing is that you can get a Tourism Shopping Passport as a Melbourne visitor and get incredible discounts and deals which you can use for different stores in the centre. Good news is that you don't have to live overseas in order to get this passport, as you are considered a tourist even if you visit from interstate.
South Yarra is the suburb where the famous Chapel Street is located, and it's probably the most popular shopping district in Melbourne. The street itself has seven different neighbourhoods, and all of them offer a different retail experience.
The shopping centre in South Yarra offers you free parking if you make a purchase, and there are many different designer boutiques, as well as lovely cafes and restaurants which offer you a chance of refreshment when you feel too tired. What is more, Yarra Lane is where you'll find many popular cafes and restaurants such as Adriano Zumbo, Two Birds One Stone, as well as Brunch Spot.
Shopping isn't always easy, even if it's fun – remember to take a break every now and then. Sit at a nice cafe, try local food, and relax so you can enjoy your shopping trip and not think of it as another chore. Explore less famous places and discover second-hand shops, bookstores, and warehouse sales which will make your trip to Melbourne truly memorable.