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    Melbourne Visitor's Center: Souvenir Shopping

    by cjg1 Updated Aug 7, 2013

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    A trip to the Melbourne Visitor's Center for some travel information became a shopping excursion as well. The Souvenir/Gift Ship area is chocked full of travel books, chiclren's books, stuffed animals, posters, magnets, post cards and more souvenir type items. My wife and I found a nice book about the Great Ocean Road that had some very nice professional pictures that we just had to have (we just returned from the Great Ocean Road and this book was the best we had found).

    We also purchased some magnets for our "travel" fridge back at home(we buy a magnet from every destination we have visited). My wife found some Koala ice cube trays that she simply had to add to her collection of Koala themed items. Along with our purchases the cashier threw in some childrens coloring books and stickers for our nephew back home.

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    Jetty Surf: Bathing Suits and Beachwear

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 2, 2013

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    Jetty Surf is a shop that sells beach wear, surfwear and accessories. My wife and I were walking along Bourke street when their window display caught our attention. A huge white,green and blue wave made entirely of Haviana flip flops was installed in the front window and entrance of the store. It was a Wow display that brought pedestians off the street such as ourselves to the store for a closer look.

    After admiring the wave my wife went into full shopping mode after she spotted their large swimwear displays. Both of us were drawn immediately to a black bikini with tropically colored flowers. Off she went to the fitting room and out she came ready to purchase her swimsuit. If I remember correctly it was $84 AUD; which to me is a bargain compared to what she usually pays for swimwear.

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    Queen Victoria Markets: Everything You Could Want or Need

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 26, 2012

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    The Queen Victoria Markets are the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere since the 1850's. As well as being a tourist destination it is a great place for locals to find souvenirs, clothing, gifts, wine, specialty food items, home wares, fresh produce, meat, seafood, breads, cheeses, candy, pastry and prepared foods. Our hotel was only a short five minute walk away so we made this a regular stop to get some snacks for our hotel room.

    The Market is divided into a number of Market Precincts; the Deli Hall, Elizabeth Street Shops, F shed laneway, Vic Market Place Food Court, Fruit and Vegetables, The Meat Hall, Organics, General Merchandise, Victoria Street Shops and the Wine Market. The market reminded me of a casual version of the food halls in Harrod's. My wife and I so enjoyed looking at all the tempting food items especially the fruit, cheese and seafood selections.

    My wife and I love markets such as these and fully enjoyed shopping here for souvenirs, gifts, as well as some delicious bread, pastry, cheese and fruit to bring back to our hotel as snacks. The food very is very fresh and local which is something the market prides itself on.

    The Weekday Hours are:Tue: 6am - 2pm Thu: 6am - 2pm Fri: 6am - 5pm
    The Weekend Hours are:Sat: 6am - 3pm Sun: 9am - 4pm

    What to buy: We bought a few souvenirs for the people back home as well as for ourselves. As for food we bought several mangos which are my wife's favorite fruit (they were also in Mango season in Australia when we visited), some Roquefort cheese, a large loaf of organic chiabatta bread, a Lamington and some cherries. We also visited the food court where i indulged in some spring rolls which were quite nice.

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    Chadstone Shopping Centre: Shopping Paradise

    by swissfondue Updated Mar 20, 2012

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    Chadstone Shopping Centre is known as Melbourne's Fashion Capital and is probably the largest shopping centres in Australia. You can get there quite easily by train/bus from the Melbourne CBD but there is another option.

    A free shuttle bus service operates daily from the CBD and will have you at Chadstone shopping in around 30 minutes. Bookings are essential and can be made by phone. Phone Number is: 1300 558 686. Pick up point for the shuttle is on Flinders St near the SBS offices in Federation Square.

    Tourists can also take advantage of a 30% discount card. If you want to get one of these, proof of residence outside Melbourne will be required. Available from the information desk.

    What to buy: Designer labels.

    What to pay: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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    Various locations: Outlet shopping

    by swissfondue Updated Mar 20, 2012

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    There are lots of choices if you are a factory outlet shopper and lets face it, WE ALL LOVE A BARGAIN.

    Outlet shopping is not for you if you desire the latest new season fashion trends, but if you are happy to pay quite a bit less for last seasons/early season fashion here are a few spots to look for a bargain.

    BRIDGE ROAD RICHMOND - Lots of fashion houses have outlets here.

    SMITH STREET COLLINGWOOD - Trendy fashion and sports clothing brands eg Nike, Adidas

    DIRECT FACTORY OUTLETS -
    Cheltenham, Essendon and Spencer Street.

    What to buy: All the main fashion brand names including:

    Country Road, Guess, Portmans, Diana Ferrari,
    Esprit, Nine West, Tony Bianco, Industrie, Cue,
    David Lawrence, Bendon, Ojay, Billabong, Calvin Klein
    Laura Ashley,

    What to pay: As little or as much as you want.....$$$$$$$$$$$$

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    Markets: Wishing you a very merry Bush Christmas!

    by CatherineReichardt Written Oct 17, 2011

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    Christmases in Australia are special because they're just so at odds with all the European stereotypes that have grown up around Christmas festivities. Seafood barbies and family frolics on the beach juxtaposed with the Queen's Speech and the Boxing Day test match at the MCG - it's just unlike any other Christmas you're ever likely to encounter!

    The concept of a Bush Christmas - in the sweltering heat - is a well established one, and in homage to that, I picked up this festive and highly untraditional kookaburra in a flea market. Loud, brash and lacking in social skills - in other words, very Aussie!

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    DFO (Direct Factory Outlet): Shop up a Storm

    by arianne_1504 Updated Sep 27, 2011

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    Heaps of discount outlet shops for fashion, books, luggage, shoes. A number of eateries for when your feet need a rest too. My favourites are Cue, Forever New, Review, Seduce, Veronica Maine and Wittner.

    What to buy: Shoes at Wittner, clothes at Cue and PJ's at Peter Alexander.

    What to pay: Depends on what you buy!

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    DFO Spencer Street: Factory Price Bargains, yes, plural.

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    An entire mall devoted to factory rejects...oops, I meant direct factory stock. Best place to sniff and dig out the best possible bargains from big brands with savings up to 70%!

    Morever, you are doing this in the comfort of a sparkling bright mall with cafes and eateries right next to the Southern Cross Train Station, not some dusty dinghy warehouse in the middle of nowhere.

    I actually walked past it twice. Why? Malls? I've seen plenty. I actually entered it seeking toilets! And since I was in it, I thought what the heck, I'll check it out and eventually committed the ultimate crime of contributing to Oz's red hot economy by pumping in a few more Aussie bucks.

    What to buy: Plenty of brands are here: Rivers, JeansWest, Giordano etc. Take your time, plan wisely. You got to. Your credit card could only sustain that much damage.

    Trading Hours: Open 7 days 10am to 6pm
    Friday: 10am to 9pm
    Queens Birthday: Open 10am to 6pm

    What to pay: What much do you have?

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    Chapel Street and Prahran Market: The snazzy Chapel Street-Prahran Market area

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Retail never been so good; nor so colourful.
    Welcome to the alternative lifestyle precinct of Melbourne (or as one of my mates insisted, the gay and lesbian district)!

    Don't get me wrong - those really wishing to hurt their wallet and purse really bad....Chapel Street is 1 long street of boutiques where you can sway and spend ala Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman". And you can grab a cuppa and/or a bite between the search of that high heels and that-outfit-you-must-really-own.

    There are plenty of interesting architecture in the area as well, for folks wishing to raise their heads higher than looking at the signboards. Buildings built before 1900 littered the area abundantly which allows you to shop in a building that is your age X n.

    Lots of cafes, gelataries, drinking holes and restaurants added vibrancy. You could not ask for more.

    Wander a little off Chapel Street into Prahran and you wouldn't miss the fresh groceries haven of Prahran Market. More cuppas and sweets while you fight for the best crop of today's offers in vegetables, meat and seafood. Reminded me a little of the Central Market in Adelaide. There are also specialty shops selling hard-to-find items such as orange blossom water for Moroccan cooking hiding here so hunt for them!

    Prahran Market is open:
    Tue & Sat: Dawn to 5pm; Wed & Thu: Dawn to 6pm; Sun: 10am-3pm

    There is a cooking school inside Prahran Market as well...which is another tip!

    3 train stations service the area: South Yarra, Toorak & Windsor. Trams also service the area.

    What to buy: Read above.

    What to pay: As ABBA sang.."money money money"....

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  • MUFF Clothing: Good bike jackets and cheap label clothing

    by thehuman Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Got a good leather bike jacket in ex condition for $180. Crap new ones are twice that in chain stores!

    My gf also scored a stunning Alannah Hill dress for $110 which was more affordable than the ones at their factory shop.

    They have two shops now - new one is at the Queen Victoria Market.

    What to buy: Vintage, near new, second hand clothing, shoes, accessories. VG condition. Not boring or op shoppy.

    What to pay: Up to about $200

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  • Muff Clothing: Muff... for recycled treasures!

    by mickydoodle Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Muff is a quite a small shop but somehow it manages to have something groovy for everyone; from cool lads to grannies! The staff know about body shapes too, so they can actually help you find something to suit.

    What to buy: Designer, near new and vintage clothing, shoes, jewellery and bags.

    What to pay: $10 - $200

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    Victoria Market: Go weekend shopping @ Victoria Market!

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Like the Central Market in Adelaide, this is the 'Central Market" of Melbourne. This is where you can get fresh produces, souvenirs, apparels, local arts and crafts and almost every other thing else in Melbourne.

    The Market was officially opened on 20 March, 1878 and has served consumers' needs for more than 125 years and counting. Spread over 7 hectares, it's the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere.

    Brought my mum and sis here and let them loose while I sat in a cafe on the outer fringes of the market and enjoyed my coffee and the local papers with some peace & quiet. Plenty of stalls to amuse them. It was not before long the poor suffering son and brother had to do his bit to carry the bags back to the hotel and think of ways on how to stuff the items into the luggage bag!

    I like to wander among the stalls too, looking for human scenes to capture on negatives (and now on pixels). Markets are such a wonderful source of human drama.

    Opening hours:
    Tue & Thu : 6am - 2pm
    Friday: 6am - 6pm (General merchandise closes at 4pm)
    Saturday: 6am - 3pm
    Sunday: 9am - 4pm
    Closed every Mon and Wed, Good Friday, Anzac Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

    NOTE:
    - Market is a traditional open-air market, so do wear your warm weatherproof clothing in winter; and
    - Dogs are not permitted.

    What to buy: Walk, look and see if anything catches your eyes.

    Bargain when necessary...and possibly one of the few places in Australia where you can actually actively bargain.

    What to pay: Usually the listed price but mum & sis had bargained successfully. Women!!

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    Queen Victoria Market: Cheap shopping

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Stalls Queen Victoria Market

    This is similar to Paddy's Market in Sydney, where you can shop for bargain clothes, souvenirs, Australian handicraft and fresh produce, or just walk & people watch

    Check out the link for more information :)

    What to buy: Local handicraft, inexpensive souvenirs and made-in-Australia goods e.g sheepskin

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  • Queen Victoria Market

    by grkboiler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Queen Victoria Market is a great place for bargain shoppers. You can find literally everything here from fresh fish and fruit to clothes and art. There is also a food court. Night markets are open in the summer, from the end of November to mid-February.

    Trading hours are 6 AM - 2 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 AM - 6 PM on Fridays, 6 AM - 3 PM on Saturdays, and 9 AM - 4 PM on Sundays. The market is closed Mondays, Wednesdays, and major holidays.

    The Market is one of Melbourne's most historical sites, opening in 1878 as a livestock market, and is also a major tourist attraction. You can take a 2-hour historical tour of the market for AU$16.50.

    The Foodies Tour offers a chance to taste some of the fresh foods offered at the markets. It leaves at 10 AM every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and costs $22.

    Check the website for more info and special events.

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  • Direct Factory Outlet: Factory Outlet shopping

    by thescene Written Jan 27, 2011

    The DFO is a shopping mall is a shopping mall located near the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Designed to be filled to be factory outlets particularly clothing ones. Price-wise it's a bit cheaper than those you can find in other places. The expansive floor area makes for a lot of shopping.

    What to buy: Men's and Women's Clothes

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  • Dec 29, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Must checkout grevile street south yarra. So many little boutiques which stock the greatest things you can't get elsewhere

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