where to shop in melbourne

There’s lots of shopping to be done!

Queen Victoria Markets – also known as Queen Vic, or the Vic Markets, you will not want to leave this place. It’s actually an extremely dangerous place for your wallet (especially since some stalls accept credit cards)! You will leave, thinking to yourself, ‘What did I just buy? Did I really just spend all that money? What did I spend all that money on? How did that informercial guy just convince me to buy two cabbage shredders?’ Then the next thought you will have is, ‘Damn. Should I have bought more things?’ And the answer is yes. Yes, you should have. Forget about overpriced souvenirs in the city center. This place will have what you want for probably half the price. They’ve got gifts, clothing, jewelry, paintings, fresh produce, flowers, fish, meat, and even live chickens. Queen Vic is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays. On the other five days, they’re open during different hours so you might want to check their schedule here.

Need some Aussie road signs?
Need some Aussie road signs?
"Real" Italian leather handbags
“Real” Italian leather handbags
Live chickens for sale!
Live chickens for sale!

Queen Victoria Markets (12)

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A didgeridoo is a wind instrument first used by the aboriginal people of Australia. It’s made from fallen eucalyptus branches that have been hollowed out by termites. This one is mainly for decorative purposes since it was so cheap and I have no idea how to play it! It’s only about 2-feet long but QVM does have four-foot long ones (the typical length) for sale. So if you feel like lugging that home on the plane, go for it!

Bourke Street Mall – is the main shopping area in the CBD. You’ll find two major department stores – David Jones, and Myer. This area is only open to pedestrians and trams. Because of this, it’s a popular spot for buskers to set up shop. Check out this group of boys covering Nirvana’s, ‘Come As You Are’, right outside the GPO!

Trams and pedestrians only!
Trams and pedestrians only!
David Jones department store
David Jones department store

Royal Arcade – located within the Bourke Street Mall, you’ll find a lot of specialty shops here.

Royal Arcade
Royal Arcade
One of the shops in the Royal Arcade that sold Matryoshka dolls
One of the shops in the Royal Arcade that sold Matryoshka dolls

Block Arcade – similar to the Royal Arcade. This was modeled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan.

The Block Arcade
The Block Arcade
Hopetoun Tea Room at the Block Arcade
Hopetoun Tea Room at the Block Arcade

Flinder’s Lane – less for shopping, better known for restaurants around this area.

The Emporium – shopping mall that opened in 2014. They have everything from huge designers to small boutiques. There’s also a food court, and a few cafes.

The Emporium
The Emporium

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