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Daiso Japanese Discount Store (Bourke Street Mall)

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by Justine Crowley (subscribe)
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Published July 31st 2012
Quality iPhone and iPod chargers, and other bargains
Some of the cheap, quality goods you can buy at Daiso

One of the sweetest Japanese surprises finally opened up shop at Swanston Street (Bourke Street Mall area) on 29th of July 2012. Daiso has finally made it right in Melbourne City to compliment their existing stores in Doncaster and Richmond.

The checkout area at Daiso, Melbourne City

Melbourne is an amazing city, yet what I love so much about Melbourne is that the city is open to all different cultures and ways of living. If it wasn't for the city's friendliness, open-mindedness and respect for all - then we might not have seen this amazing Japanese supermarket open up right in the CBD.

Part of the health and beauty area at Daiso, Melbourne City

Everything is so affordable. That's right - each and every item only costs $2.80. As you enter the store to your right, you are greeted with a variety of beauty products. The sweet child like ambience exudes charm. Everyone in Melbourne will begin to feel like they are a kid in a candy store all over again. Your dollars definitely go further here.

Yep, that kid in a candy store feeling is definitely alive...

The beauty products include nail files, bath balls, aroma beads, hair brushes and shower gels to name. Look at our conventional supermarkets; you would be hard pressed to find fruity, fragrant body washes for $2.80 a pop. You'd be paying double that easily.

More beauty fun

As you settle into Daiso on Swanston Street, the Asian grocery world becomes your oyster (sorry, bad pun) with quality sauces, chips and cooking ingredients to name. A great one-stop shopping experience for those aspiring MasterChefs and established home cooks alike.

Glimpses of the Asian grocery section

Like to unwind? That is covered in this giant supermarket with a refreshing array of Japanese drinks, teas and cakes. Personally, I ended up buying a sea shell candle. Such a really cute item, and it is amazing that this candle is only $2.80.

So cute...

Are you an iPhone or iPod user? Do you need a spare charger that you can just plug into your Mac? You're in luck. For only $2.80 (again, this is not written incorrectly) you can buy yourself a spare iPhone or iPod charger. Furthermore, you'll easily be saving 90% off the RRP. Pretty cool huh? I'd say.


The queues seem endless at the checkouts, yet surprisingly (on this occasion) I was served quite quickly. The staff are polite, and it feels like a deja vu sushi train experience with the welcomes in Japanese. I also need to let you know that this is a cash only establishment. Nice one. Melbourne is now home to some quality Japanese bargains. Give this establishment a bit of time, and shopping at Daiso might, just might begin to become quite fashionable on this end of town.

Also an oasis for cheap stationery

The Daiso parade on opening day, Sunday 29 July 2012
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Why? Bargains galore at $2.80 each from cooking to beauty.
When: Monday to Saturday: 9am-9pm. Sunday: 10am-6pm.
Phone: (03) 9654 7528, (03) 9654 7529
Where: Daiso, Melbourne City
Cost: $2.80 per item
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