Chadstone shopping complex
Highlights – This is the biggest shopping complex in Australia and in the Southern Hemisphere. There are around 530 stores here and the complex can accommodate up to 9300 cars in its parking lot. The market was opened for the general public during 1960. You can find stores of all categories like fashion, lifestyle, household, jewellery, pets’ accessories, sports, stationery, crafts, beauty, books etc. here.
Location – Malvern East suburb, Victoria. Famous for – Almost all categories, fashion especially.
Timings – 9AM-5.30PM (Mon to Wed); 9AM-9PM (Thurs & Fri); 9AM-6PM (Sat) &10AM-5PM (Sun). Some stores operate extended hours during the weekends.
Bourke Street Mall
Highlights – Due to its ultra-busy nature, Bourke Street is known as Melbourne’s second street (first one being Collins Street). Bourke Street Mall located on this street runs for 2km in length and is one of the main tourist attractions of the city. This mall is home to some of the famous restaurants, bars and cafes. During the weekends and evening hours, the mall witnesses thousands of people. There are more than 500 business units of various categories like restaurants, entertainment, fashion, household goods, beauty, speciality shops etc. in this mall.
Location – 200m towards north of Swanston Street & Elizabeth Street.
Famous for – International & local restaurants, cafes and bars.
Timings – Differs as per shops.
Highlights – Excellent marble floors and a glass canopy cover add beauty to this arcade. It is not without reason that this arcade is part of Golden Mile Heritage Walk of Melbourne. This was constructed between 1891 and 1893 and takes guests back by a hundred years purely through its antique & brilliant interiors. This arcade and Melbourne’s history are truly inseparable. You have to taste the cakes and chocolates in the shops of these arcades to know about the royal tastes & flavours.
Location – Melbourne CBD. Famous for – Hopetoun Tea Rooms (that sells incredible cakes) & Haigh’s Chocolates.
Timings- 8AM-6PM (Mon-Wed); 8AM-9PM (Thurs & Fri); 8AM-5PM (Sat) & 9AM-5PM (Sun).
Bridge Road, Richmond
Highlights - History of this market dates back to as early as the 18th century. Formed just a few years after the Europeans settled in Victoria, this place was once the hub of corn and hay stores. Later on, they slowly developed into leading fashion outlets, award-winning restaurants, confectioneries, cafes, furniture and other stores. Even today, many heritage walk tours are conducted in and around this area. It is easily accessible by foot, car, bike and public transport.
Location – Very short distance from Melbourne CBD.
Famous for – Fashion outlets selling all international styles of clothes, great restaurants, high-quality furniture outlets, community shops, arts, wellness and other retail outlets.
Timings – Varies according to shops.
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Highlights – At the heart of bohemian culture, Brunswick Street is where live music shows, tarot readers, art & music studios and many more such eccentric lifestyles can be found in addition to the usual stalls There are lots of clubs and bars here, which means, the street gets into a new groove during the nights. Experience nightlife at this place if you get the chance to do so.
Location – Between Victoria Parade & St. Georges North; this market is 2km long.
Famous for – Close to 200 businesses including cafes,bars, restaurants, fashion, entertainment, wines, speciality shops, heath& wellness, personal care, jewellery, household and gifting stores.
Timings – Varies as per shops.
Highlights – Chapel Street is not just a tourist hub in Melbourne City. It is also a commercial and residential complex. Therefore, it is always crowded. Chapel Market Street runs about 4.13km in length and houses some businesses like fashion, arts, international-quality restaurants, medical care facilities and many more. All shops have a Gothic style of architecture, which attracts guests to a great extent. If you are looking for vintage items, this is the place to be.
Location – Runs along the Yarra River and covers areas like Brighton and St. Kilda. There are about 980 shops here!
Famous for – Known as Melbourne’s fashion capital Chapel Street is famous for its upmarket fashion stores, jewellery, antique items and more.
Timings – Varies as per shops.
Highlight- A shopping mall constructed over five levels, Melbourne Central is the one stop solution for your fashion, dining and entertainment requirements. There are over 300 retail outlets in this mall with most of them being internationally recognised brands as well. The car parking lot of this place has the capacity to accommodate 822 cars at a time. Level 3 of this complex is dedicated to clubs & bars; therefore, during the night hours, the ambience is absolutely awesome here.
Location – Cnr La Trobe & Swanston Streets, Melbourne. Famous for - International fashion stores, great dining options, nightclubs, bar, kids’ stores, toys, sports & recreation, speciality stores, health & wellness, Beauty & personal care and more.
Timings – 10AM-7PM (Mon-Wed & weekends) 10AM-9PM (Thurs & Fri);
Highlights – During 2004, the ancient postal office building underwent a complete makeover and is today one of most stylish and upmarket boutique shopping destinations in Melbourne. Classical style of architecture, as evident in all the other Victorian Era buildings, adds a unique charm to this place. The clock tower located on top of the building is still an iconic structure in Melbourne. Home to some of the finest dining joints and leading fashion outlets, Melbourne GPO, provides absolute bliss to guests coming here from all parts of the world.
Location – At the corner of Bourke Street Mall, at the intersection of Lonsdale & Elizabeth Streets. Famous for- Chic dining joints, leading international fashion brands, entertainment and other antique items.
Timings – 9.30AM-7PM (Mon-Wed); 9.30AM-9PM (Thurs &Fri); 9.30AM-8PM (Sat) & 10AM-7PM (Sun).
Highlights – Toorak is one of those suburbs in Melbourne where you will find luxury everywhere right from the huge palatial buildings that people own here down to the designer outlets that have put up their shops here. Shopping here is a far cry when compared to shopping in the other busy street markets of Melbourne. Most of the times, people come here only for window-shopping as it costs a huge sum of money to even dine in one of the restaurants here.
Location – Toorak suburb.
Famous for – Children’s stores, Florists, Handbags, Footwear, Art Galleries, Jewellery, Men’s and Women’s fashion stores, sports & recreation, gifting outlets, cake shops, restaurants, live music shows and many more.
Timings – Varies as per shops.
Direct Factory Outlets (DFO)
Highlights – Just like all other factory outlets, the ones in Melbourne too aim to provide full value for money for guests coming here. However, you must be careful to shop only from the direct factory outlets from the respective brands to be sure of the quality. Most of the times, the items found here are the ones rejected during export, due to very negligible issues.
Famous direct factory outlets – Brand Smart (best outlet in Melbourne), Bridge Road at Richmond, Smith Street at Collingwood, Harbourtown, University Hill, etc.
Timings – As per shops.
Fountain gate Westfield
Highlights – This is the second biggest mall in Australia, in terms of floor-area occupied. This mall was opened to the general public during 1970 and has close to 470 stores in its complex today. There are 2 floors in this shopping complex and the car parking facility can accommodate 6493 cars at any point of time.
Location – Narre Warren, south-eastern suburb of Melbourne. Famous for – A whole bevy of categories like food, fashion, kids, sports & fitness, bags, beauty & wellness, personal care, home furnishings, electronics and many more. In all of these categories, you will be thrilled to find many leading international brands as well. Apart from this you can enjoy movies, shows and experience multi-cuisine dining options here.
Timings – 9AM-5.30PM (Mon-Wed); 9AM-9PM (Thurs & Fri);9AM-5PM (Sat) & 10AM-5PM (Sun).