When the Spencer Street DFO was renamed as Spencer Street Fashion Station, at first you could not tell anything was different. Several years on, the shops have changed and the atmosphere has changed- it is worlds apart from the DFO it used to be.
Spencer Street Fashion Station is home to year-round bargains.
Despite the spate of recent closures, there is no shortage of shoe stores. Shopping centre favourites including Novo, Tony Bianco, Wittner and Windsor Smith are dotted throughout the centre. Comfort shoes abound, with Rivers, Shoe Warehouse and Birkenstock having your practical footwear needs covered.
Cafes and takeaway food venues are littered throughout the centre. An ample food court is the first thing you encounter as you enter, with food to cater for all tastes including Subway, Health Express, The Pizza Project and many more. For a real treat, go to the Theobroma Chocolate Lounge, which is beside the entrance. They arguably make the best hot drinks you'll find in the city so are perfect for a pre-shopping coffee or relaxing post-shopping hot chocolate.
The layout of Spencer Street Fashion Station is like a figure eight- you can go around the first loop for a quick shop, or head around the entire centre for a more thorough look at this season's bargains. Unlike major shopping centres which seem to be designed for maximum confusion, it is simple to navigate.
If you make it to the top of the 8, a train mural awaits.
Spencer Street Fashion Station is perhaps the most conveniently located outlet shopping centre in Melbourne. As soon as you exit Southern Cross Railway Station, the entrance is staring right at you.
The inner Melbourne shopping centre is not among the prettiest of surrounds, but they seem to have embraced the fact that they're located atop a train station. The food court windows stretch from floor to ceiling, offering a view of criss-crossing train tracks.
Look out the windows of Spencer Street Fashion Station and you'll see railway lines snaking out from Southern Cross station.