Even the most reluctant shoppers can get caught up in a spree in Melbourne's retail hotspots, with accessible options for lovers of sport, fashion, literature, music, art and design. Make sure you look the part at Albert Park by perusing the wares of the independent local designers and fashion's best-known names – these happily coexist for your convenience in Melbourne's retail hubs and department stores. Venture into the city centre's laneways and arcades and unearth rare books and records, and a good dose of racing memorabilia to boot. These five recommendations will make shopping a breeze.
Grab a snack and some local designs at South Melbourne's daytime market, then sample street food and good tunes at the Queen Vic Market's weekly night market.
Stock up on souvenirs with a difference from local street wear and catwalk fashion to handmade jewellery, homewares and kids' stuff, and discover why 'made in Melbourne' means made with love.
Visit an independent record store in Melbourne – find second hand bargains, obscure new releases and live in-store performances.
Be assured of the best of the best at Emporium Melbourne, the city's cutting edge shopping mecca that boasts a host of first-to-Australia brands and flagship stores.