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    Ina Barry Gold and Silversmith: Original Jewellery Design

    by aussiedoug Updated Jul 11, 2005

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    Shopfront in Block Place

    For me the individuality of the firstly the name of the business, but then upon browsing the windows, the designs themselves appealed to me for their boldness & individuality.

    I can't explain the intangible aspect of liking this place, but there was something I felt about it that sort of drew me back to it even after I had walked past it about half a dozen times inside two days. It wasn't just the urgency of buying something for my wife on the last afternoon before my plane was flying out. Mind you that's when I did buy something for her. lol!

    What to buy: I found a lovely pair of pearl ear-rings (on silver, not yellow gold) that perfectly matched a pearl necklace I bought her in Beijing.

    I could also have bought a matching bracelet, but that really would have been straining the budget that was already overstrained!

    I'll check on my next visit & if it's still there I will definitely get it then.

    What to pay: These ear-rings set me back $260 so they weren't cheap, but they were by no means expensive. I think for what I got, the quality, they were quite a reasonable buy.

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    Mary Martin Books Cafe Bar: The Bibliophile finds another good bookshop

    by aussiedoug Written Oct 2, 2004

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    Side Entrance in Arcade

    If you've browsed a few of my pages you know I love bookshops. Now when they're combined with an equally good cafe then I'm almost in seventh heaven.

    Don't know how I found out about this place. Read it somewhere (but not on VT this time) and found it easily enough as Melbourne is a pretty good city to navigate around being not too big & laid out along a reasonabley straightforward rectangular grid.

    What to buy: Only having my daypack with me I didn't do my usual buying which would have been a book each for my twin girls and a couple of books for me.

    So, and this is a rarity for daddy. I just bought two books for myself.

    Would have liked something good on Melbourne, but the only possibilities were a bit heavy for the daypack.

    So after a significant period of browsing, after all that's half the fun in a bookshop particularly isn't it, I purchased the following two books:

    "Sahara" by Michael Palin. If you don't know Michael Palin from one of his travel series on TV then you might know him from the Movie, "A Fish Called Wanda" I still remember him in that movie with a chip (french fry) stuck up each nostril. If you're old enough you might even remember him from the "Monty Python" TV series back in the late 60's. I'm about half way through reading this at the moment & a fascinating & enjoyable read it is. Not to mention highly informative.

    Also I bought a lovely hardcover book called, "The Great Ocean Road". Photographed & written by Rodney Hyett. Superb photographs of a beautiful area of Victoria. An area I surfed with a too many years ago & must take my girls down to see it one day.

    What to pay: Average prices for books in Australia. For European (especially western Europeans) travellers you'll find books cheaper here than home, but for U.S. travellers you may well find them at least a little more expensive.

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    Hill of Content Bookshop: Would You Believe Another Good Bookshop?

    by aussiedoug Updated Feb 1, 2005

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    Storefront

    They say they've been "serving Melbourne's discerning readers since 1922" so it's nice to know that now I've become one of them even though I'm from Sydney. lol!

    Now seriously, from what I saw stocked on their shelves in my too brief sojourn (I was in a hurry to meet Anne12 for our lunch meet at midday), there was an excellent range of what I might term "serious" books.

    What made it special for me was not being a part of a "chain" of bookstores. Also it's great to be chatting with another genuine Bibliophile such as myself as the lady serving/helping me was.

    What to buy: Seeing as how I was in Melbourne I wanted to buy something about Melbourne, but there wasn't too much available, especially that would fit easily (& lightly) in my daypack that would then transfer, in the same way, to my check through luggage on the plane.

    So I settled on two books & yes both for me!

    Firstly, a neat little book on Trams called:

    "The Melbourne Tram Book", a neat little tome of just 80 pages with lots of neat colour (& some black & white) photos & also diagrams. This was a really good souvenir of my Melbourne trip this time.

    Secondly, a more "serious" book entitled:

    "The Rise and Fall of Marvellous Melbourne", an interesting read about the growth of Melbourne through the 1800's in particular, although this edition does include an afterword that deals with the 1900's. It'll take me a while to get through this one, but it will be a very interesting read indeed.

    What to pay: These two together cost me a total of $70.90. American visitors will find books more expensive in Australia, but western European visitors should find them a bit cheaper based on my Paris book buying.

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    Shop Shop Shop: The place to Shop

    by Larnie Updated Mar 31, 2005

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    Chapel Street

    Chapel Street is the capital of young designer fashion. Walk all the way up from South Yarra and follow the funky shops to end in Prahran and Windsor, to pick up some great recycled and vintage finds.

    Toorak Road

    Chapel Street's more "posh" sister, Toorak Road stretches from Toorak Village to South Yarra. Giftware, jewellery, homewares, imported fashions, restaurants, tailors and everything exclusive.

    Bridge Road

    Richmond is the place for shopping on a budget. A great mix from young designer boutiques to factory outlets.

    Lygon Street

    Carlton's has a distinct Italian flavour in everything from gelato to designer fashion. Shoes, handbags, coats and more, plus great bookshops for hours of browsing.

    Brunswick Street

    Fitzroy. The place for alternative, ethnic and counter-culture shopping.
    Fascinating, original shops, handmade jewellers, original art and recycled wares.
    And great food!!!!!

    What to buy: Whatever you want :o)

    What to pay: You can spend anything from bargains in Bridge Road, right up to the best Italian suits and handbags on Chapel Street!

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    Victoria Gardens: June Stocktake Sales!

    by ATXtraveler Written Jun 29, 2005

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    If you are coming to Melbourne to stay for a while, I would definitely recommend going to the Victoria Gardens for some of your larger purchase items. KMart, Ikea, Coles, and 60+ other smaller shops are all centrally located at Victoria Gardens in Richmond.

    One other advantage to you as a consumer is the fact that Victoria Gardens is not getting the foot traffic it hoped for, so the deals are plentiful, and you pretty much get free parking if you spend $5 or more or spend less than an hour in the area!

    What to buy: Furniture, Clothing, Groceries

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    The Sunday Market at Southbank: Have your Shop on Sunday in Southbank

    by ATXtraveler Written Jan 14, 2006

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    If you are visiting Melbourne on a Sunday, and you are looking for a little of the local craft market, then your best bet is to head to Southbank, where most of the local artists that do not normally sell their wares at the Queen Victoria Market are to be found. From Funnel Cakes to large art pieces, and from magnets to postcards, this place has a little of everything. It is not so big that it is overwhelming, but it is also big enough to get all the kitsch you need to remember your trip to Melbourne.

    The market is located under the Prince's Bridge, which connects Federation Square with Southbank, and is located right next to all of the nice Southbank restaurants so you can get something to eat.

    What to buy: Any and everything you need!

    What to pay: $1 - $1000 AUD

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  • Queen Victoria Market: The Big Vic Markets

    by grantravel Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Vic Markets

    The Vic markets offer many bargains for the astute shopper. You'll find that the items are repeated through each aisle, so if you are looking an item that is being sold in another stall you can bargain with them.

    I just enjoy just walking around soaking up the market atmosphere, having a looksy and picking up a bargain here and there. The food shed has some great local produce (meat and cheese). I recommend the fresh hot donuts from the van out front, its worth the line-up.

    What to buy: The main items sold at the markets are clothing (especially leather jackets), shoes, toys, jewellery and food.

    What to pay: Not everything at the markets is cheap, so make sure you shop around and get prices before you spend up.

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    Victoria Market: As far as the eye can see

    by Dymphna1 Written Jan 13, 2011

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    They have blocks and blocks of a flea market. You can get anything you want here. They have everything from food to slippers. The market runs primarily on Sunday. We got lots of different answers as to what other days it is open.

    What to buy: There are all kinds of different clothing items and gifts we got here. It is where you are going to get the best price on all of the stuff you want to take home to all the people you promised to buy for. Many of the different vendors will dicker on the price. So suggest another price before paying full price.

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    The entire street!: Bridge Road

    by eviltooth Updated Dec 5, 2003

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    Bridge Road, Richmond

    Attention girls and shopaholics! This place is a MUST! It'll probably turn out to be your best experience in Melbourne.

    Bridge Road Richmond is a classified Heritage area. There're plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars to rest your feet after a shopping frenzy.

    In the 1800s, Bridge Road was bustling with industry, creating some of this country's well known brands. In fact, the Pelaco shirt factory sign still remains to this day as a mark of this precint's impact on the local fashion scene.

    Alongside internationally acclaimed couture, designer shoes and accessories, you'll find fashion factory outlets with budget priced samples and ranges of all the leading labels. I wanted to kick myself when I saw the same suits I bought in the city store selling at 1/3 of the price here.

    What to buy: Clothes, shoes, accessories

    What to pay: $5-$500 (only if you're a big spender!)

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    Shopping area: Bourke St.

    by dlandt Updated Jul 12, 2005

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    Bourke St.

    Bourke St. is the main shopping district in Melbourne. Closed to traffic, it sports a plethoric number of stores, large and small, syndicated and independent, indoor and outdoor. Snacks and street food are available as well as light services and street entertainment.

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    *: Melbourne Central ('The Cone')

    by Marpessa Updated Oct 15, 2006

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    In the recent couple of years Melbourne Central (also known as 'the Cone' due it's cone shaped ceiling) has undergone many improvements. There are now many new and great shops throughout this shopping complex - which covers two city blocks. Floor after floor filled with clothing stores, gift stores, jewelry, games, books, music, homeware, a food court, cinema, ten pin bowling, fitness gym and there are also some bars and clubs on the upper levels as well. If you're looking for some clothes - there are some great clothes by Australian fashion designers here - like Peter Alexander and Morrissey.

    There are also a number of phone shops here (Telstra, Optus, Virgin, 3) if you are looking for a phone/sim card/ or to switch to an Australian network.

    Underneath the centre of the cone there is a large pocket watch, that on every hour opens up to reveal some Australian fauna icons and plays music for a couple of minutes. You will find that a lot of kids like to sit and watch this.

    Situated throughout Melbourne Central are touch screens which you use as directories to find a store you want (either by type of store or by store name).

    * Also, through walkways connecting buildings, you can walk straight from Melbourne Central into Myer (department store) without having to go outside (which is great on cold and windy days).

    What to buy: A couple of the stores I like are: Borders (books/CDs/DVDs - a chain store found in the USA and UK as well), Sportsgirl (young women's clothing) and Billabong (young women's and men's clothing)

    What to pay: Depends on each store

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    Bridge road Richmond: Bargain shopping on Bridge

    by suzyq40 Written Jan 24, 2005

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    Wander down Bridge rd and find a bargain

    You have not experienced Melbourne until you have gone shopping in Bridge Road.

    The shopping area is about 2km long and contains all different shops from Womens clothes and shoes, mens clothes and shoes, cafes, supermarkets, jewellery etc

    It is the location of many seconds and factory outlets of Witchery, Jackie E, Esprit, Portmans, Body Shop and the list goes on

    Best time to shop is after Christmas, although if you cant get a bargain here, you arent shopping with your eyes open

    What to buy: Home goods,
    Clothes,
    Shoes,
    Accessories
    Food
    etc

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

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    e.g.etal: Jewellery by local designers

    by millablake Updated May 25, 2005

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    jewellery, courtesy www.visitvictoria.com

    A small jewellery store specialising in new designers.

    This shop could easily be an art gallery, the work is phenominal.

    Exquisite pieces can be made to order.

    Check website for exhibtion details during Melbourne Fashion Week.

    Hours: M-Thr 10-6 F 10-8 Sat 10-5

    What to pay: Prices start $200 AUS+

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    Koorie Connections Altair: All local art

    by Dymphna1 Written Jan 9, 2011

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    Everything in the shop is done by the Aborigines. The owner is a kick! She is excited about what she is selling and will be fun to talk to as you are in the store. Her name is Julie Peers.

    What to buy: The t-shirts are great, this was the best selections of shirts we found anywhere. They were reasonably priced. There are art works that can be framed and many other Aborigine artworks.

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  • Chapel Street

    by grkboiler Written Jan 29, 2004

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    Chapel Street in South Yarra and Prahran is one of the best shopping areas in the city. There are lots of trendy and upscale clothing stores for both men and women, shoe stores, salons, jewellery, electronics, homeware, sports, antiques, bookstores, and furniture stores. Mixed in are plenty of cafes and nightclubs.

    Check the website for a list of stores and details.

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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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