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Published February 15th 2014
Shop, Eat, Drink and Play
Melbourne Central is a shopping/entertainment centre like no other. It is built around Coop's 50 metres, 9 storeys high Shot Tower (Victorian Heritage site). This looming tower smack in the middle of the centre has a stunning effect. Circular balconies allow a perfect view of the tower and other levels of the centre from every floor.
What a stunning centrepiece
The Shot Tower was completed in 1888 and was incorporated into the Melbourne Central complex in 1991. The 84 metre-high conical glass roof is a unique, ingenious architectural masterpiece. Prior to 1961 the tower produced six tonnes of shot weekly until the demand for the lead shot decreased, due to firearm regulations.
Now the Melbourne Central Shopping Centre has everything a small city could offer. It pretty much caters for all ages and needs. The Melbourne Central is steeped in history. It offers a museum, a book exchange library, personal shoppers and fashion stylist service, state of the art cinemas, a range of entertainment and fitness options, hundreds of well-known and pop up shops.
A shopper's paradise
I am amazed to find that they have not one but two McDonald's stores, KFC and Hungry Jacks. They have dozens of other food outlets such as TGI Friday, Nandos, 7/11, Grill'd, Hungry Jacks, Hudson's coffee and Coles. They have over 150 fashion and accessories stores such as Glue, Giordano, Guess, Country Road and Footlocker.
This article features some of their changing services that make this a unique shopping and entertainment facility.
The Melbourne Central Stylist and Personal Shopping Program
This is an innovative idea, which allows shoppers to seek personal fashion and styling advice. I love the idea of having my own personal shopper who can hunt down the best deals to match my fashion needs. For more information click here.
Hoyts Cinemas and Entertainment Area
Hoyts Melbourne Central is located on level 3 in the Melbourne Central shopping precinct. It boasts 12 screens with state of the art facilities, enormous screens, function spaces, and a 'Bean Bag Cinema'. This is the first time I had seen this idea and I love it.
Picture this - luxurious recliners in an intimate theatrette, a private concierge cocktail, reserve wine list and tasty food option served to you on demand. This is the absolute ultimate cinema experience is the Director's Suite – with all the trims and whistles.
You could spend hours just on this level. It also features other entertainment spaces such as bowling and laser tag. Right outside the entrance to the cinemas are several well known food chains and other boutique restaurants such as Wood and Chimney. Incidentally, this small restaurants has a pretty appealing menu, long list of cocktails and great coffee.
Gab something to eat or meet a friend
The Little Library on Level 2, is dedicated to promoting literacy and the love of reading by offering a free book exchange. Anyone can come along and swap, share or take a book to read. The idea is that if you take a book to read that they leave one in its place, what a fabulous, unique idea. I know my kids would love the idea of taking a free book.
Making the most of what Melbourne Central has to offer
Melbourne Central has so much to offer, this article has given just a glimpse into the activities, places and services available. Have a look at their webpage for lost of special deals.
When there, drop into the Visitor Information and Services (Level 1 next to Shot Tower Square). They are open 7 days a week to assist you. The customer service representatives offer a range of services including:
Find the store you're looking for
•Purchase gift vouchers
•Community information and services
•Lost and found property (or family members)
•Public transport information
•Tourist information and other general information
Something for everyone
Accessible for all forms of transport
Melbourne Central is right on the tramline (get off at the corner of Swanston and Latrobe St. and is right above the Melbourne Underground. A long steep escalator will take you right into the centre.
If you prefer to drive, Melbourne Central has nearly 1000 undercover car spaces and can easily be accessed via Lonsdale and LaTrobe Streets. Night parking is only $10. They have comparatively cheap early bird parking rates. If you enter before 10am and leave after 2.30pm, you'll pay only $15.
Believe it or not, spenders get subsidised parking. For every $10 you spend at any Melbourne Central store, you pay only $6 per hour between 7am and 5pm. The maximum Rate: $50 per day. That's very cheap CBD parking.
Pram parking and Accessible Parking is available
Whether you are into shopping, fashion, food, fitness or entertainment, there's good reason to venture into the city for a full day's fun.