Queen Victoria Market: Queen Victoria Market!
The Queen Victoria Market was officially opened on 20th March 1878. Today, it is the largest market in Australia, with many of its buildings classified as Historic Buildings.
Market trading hours:
Tuesday and Thursday 6am – 2pm
Friday 6am – 6pm (general merchandise to 4pm)
Saturday 6am – 3pm
Sunday 9am – 4pm (general merchandise from 8am)
Sunday is the best day for general shopping as 2 of the sheds that normally sell fruits and vegetables will be selling an assortment of knick-knacks instead. There will also be pony and camel rides for the kids, and various performances.
What to buy: Apart from the fresh produce and delicatessens, it’s one of my favourite hunt for cheap and nice clothing. An assortment of stuff such as leathergoods, fabrics, jewellery, handicrafts, fresh flowers and indoor plants (look out for our unique native plants such as the Kangaroo Paw, the flower emblem of Western Australia), handicrafts, authentic Australian artefacts and souvenirs (cheapest in Melbourne).
Queen Victoria Market: Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Victoria is the ideal place to buy souvenirs, while taking in a bit of the Melbournian lifestyle, you will need about 3 hours to walk through the whole market. The Queen Victoria Market is just north of the Melbourne CBD.
What to buy: Gifts, Fruit, Clothes, Meet...
Husk Corporation: You wont need any encouragement!!
Husk is a globally influenced retail oasis crafted to soothe the soul and inspire the mind.
You must try the herbal tea or authentic Bedouin coffee. The elements of water and fire are well represented with three fountains and adobe fireplaces.
The Husk range of herbal teas are sold in outlets from Australia to New York.
Please visit the web address below and discover more about Husk... a sanctuary for shopping with substance.
What to buy: CafŽ ...
Clothing and crafts ...
PLUS the Husk range of Herbal teas.
Exotic design-driven clothes, accessories and bodycare as well as handcrafted treasures from around the world.
St Kilda Arts and Craft Markets: Lots of Local Craft
Lots of stalls are set up along the southgate embankment.
Here yo get to buy all sorts of local stuff, some handmade, some old stuff, some from around the region etc.
You may bargain if you are serious to buy; otherwise just look around - it is pleasant to walk around after a brunch upstairs (lots of nice restaurant at the southgate - we went to my favourite Red Emperor for yumcha)
What to buy: I bought some garden stuff from this stall in the picture. They are terracotta poteries, little things you can stick onto your potted plants or on the garden beds.
There were little terracotta sticks which had engraved phrases of "Angels live here', Mummy's Gardens, Spoilt Brats Garden, etc.
There were little birds also made of terracotta you could decorate on bird baths etc.
My friends bought from another stall very nice photographs of around Australia, and whereabout the photographer had been - mostly black and white.
I also bought some essential oils from here as gifts and the lady gave me lots of hand made soap samples as well.
We ate some very nice homemade icecream - honey crunch yum!!!!
What to pay: It depends on what you are buying - can be as cheap as couple of dollars to hundreds for handmade ceramics, crystal jewellery etc
Postcards, where to get them
If you are a postcard junkie like me, read this!
You can get the cheapest postcards in Melbourne from this shop called Cheaper Party Supply at Queen Street (near Queen Victoria Market). The price is 10 for AUD$2.50, but frankly speaking, they are not postcards of top quality.
A better, slightly more expensive option, is Jumbuck at Melbourne Central (Level 1). Each 4x6 postcard costs AUD$0.40.
Some postoffice also sell postcards for AUD$0.35 each but there's not a lot you can choose from.
If you are sending the postcard, you can get the pre-paid maximum cards from the postoffice. They are AUD$1.20 each, so the postcard itself is only AUD$0.20.
Pic shows a neat maximum card of the Australian Antartic Territory bought from the postoffice.
Myer, David Jones, Rebel sports etc: Burke St
There are lot of shops in this area like Myer, David Jones, Rebel sports, Sun glass hut and much more....just name it...you will get it
What to pay: expensive
MUFF Clothing: Recycled Clothing Bargains in Melbourne City
It's only small but the stock is great and changes every week
What to buy: Vintage and good label clothing, all in perfect condition
What to pay: A$30 plus
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Chanel Store etc.: Collins Street
In comparison to Chapel Street, Collins Street has the REAL designer stores and is a good tip to visit. There are Versace, Louis Vitton, Chanel etc.
What to buy: Designer clothes
What to pay: 2000 $ and more
The clothes are designed for movement, based on Yoga.
Stylishly flattering cuts.
There is a sister store in St.Kilda (see website for details).
What to pay: prices start at around $100
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Alice Euphemia: Alice Euphemia
Opening in 1997 this shop is one of the leading establishments for young Australian fashion designers.
What to pay: prices are high as some pieces are haute couture.
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