Exploring Melbourne, One Shop at a TimeVisiting a new city like Melbourne has its own charm as you take adventures to places steeped in culture, beauty, and delicious food.

Sightseeing aside, there are plenty of fun things to do in Melbourne in regards to shopping which, as it turns out, also forms a major part of the holiday fun when visiting such an invigorating city.

Whether you’re looking for local handicrafts, cheap finds, a hidden restaurant, or to simply get to know the city better, be sure to take a break from your day to day adventure tours and enjoy some of the unique shopping in Melbourne as you explore the various shops and local attractions located around the city.

Exploring the Shops in Melbourne

Shopping Arcades

Melbourne is home to shopping arcades, or covered lanes, that are remnants of Victorian marketplaces.  The most notable of these arcades are the Royal Arcade and the Block Arcade in the central business district.

Both are tourist icons of the city where you will find many high-end boutiques, restaurants, and cafés.

Melbourne GPO

Who would’ve thought that you could shop at a post office?  The Melbourne General Post Office (GPO), a cavernous postal building built in the mid-1800s, was converted into a shopping center in 2004.

Situated at the corner of Elizabeth and Bourke streets, it is a well-known city landmark.  You can browse through the retail stores or enjoy a bite at its restaurants and cafés.

Rose Street Artists’ Market

Those with a fondness for handmade arts and crafts can saunter through the Rose Street Artists’ Market.  Similar in setup to the outdoor markets of Hawaii or San Fransisco, you can find one-of-a-kind pieces, be it clothing, jewelry, décor items, or even food.  The market is open every Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM – 5 PM.

Prahran Market

If your idea of shopping revolves around food, then Prahran Market is the perfect spot for you.  The oldest running market in Australia, it is a focal point for fresh produce from all over the country, as well as indigenous food from around the world.  The Market also organizes guided tours where you can discover hidden culinary gems.  Located on Commercial Road, South Yarra, it is open every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 7 AM – 5 PM.

Bridge Road

Those looking for a ‘shop till you drop’ scenario, there is no place better than Bridge Road in Richmond.

This entire street is devoted to a plethora of discount stores and factory outlets with merchandise available at an incredible steal; certainly a budget friendly tip for visiting Australia.  It is also dotted with cafés and restaurants for you to boost your energy with a mid-shopping meal.

Chapel Street

Offering a blend of retail and high-fashion stores, Chapel Street gives a versatile experience when it comes to shopping.  Known to be one of the best fashion streets in Australia, it has designer chains, unique boutiques, and retail outlets, along with various, fine-dining restaurants.

Apart from the above-mentioned places, Melbourne is home to a multitude of shopping locations to cater to your everyday needs.  Since the shopping areas are spread out across the city, you may want to consider a car hire in Melbourne once you land to make your trip convenient and comfortable. With a rental car at your disposal, you can enjoy the flexibility of visiting your favorite spots, and be incredibly ambitious in taking that next adventure around Australia!

Do you enjoy shopping when you travel?