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.
This little shop defies description. You have to be there. It is chockful of sweets and chocolates of every kind. Just try to go in and buy one item. You haven't got a hope. Most of the lollies can be bought by weight. The hard part is trying to decide which one you want.
What to buy: I particularly like the Lime and Soda lolly, which has a hint of fizz about it. Acid Drops are another favourite.
August 2010 update - try the butterscotch, it's sublime!
What to pay: Average price of these sort is about $AUD25.00 per kilo, but 200 gms will keep you sucking for a day or two.
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
What to pay: As little or as much as you want.....$$$$$$$$$$$$
Every Oz city devotes a street or 2 just for the sake of folks who want to exercise their shopping muscles. In Melbourne: It's Bourke Street.
Here you will find everything under the shopping sun, focused around Bourke Street Mall: Boutiques, departmental stores (David Jones & Myer), bookshops, shoe stores, cafes, CD stores....everything money can buy tangibly.
Traffic, aside from trams could not enter the street, so pedestrians can claim the street most of the time. At the time of my last visit, lovely tulips were blooming in the flower beds lining the street, adding a touch of Continental European charm. Watch out for the presence of artistic statues as well. Layout-wise, possible one of the best shopping streets in Oz is my personal opinion.
What to buy: Everything money can buy tangibly.
This is a great bookshop that a friend introduced me to last year. It has a great range of books in many different languages. There are books (some with CDs or cassette tapes) not only to help you study and learn a language, but also novels in different languages (kids and adult novels), music and foreign films as well.
There are also board games (and other games) in many languages. Or maybe some magnetic words to stick to your fridge in Spanish/German/French...
They also have a great range of travel books (in English). And books on different countries and their cultures and societies.
What to buy: From here I have bought language guides, culture guides and travel books.
Also, if you're looking to learn a language but don't know what kind of book to get to start off with (especially when there can be two or three that say 'for beginners'). Just ask the staff - I've found them to be very friendly and helpful and have a good knowledge in what they sell. Plus they don't mind if you sit down and have a flick through a book or two before deciding whether or not to buy anything.
What to pay: Sometimes the price can seem a bit high - especially on the 'learning a language' guides. But this really is a great shop with one of the better ranges of books I have seen.
There are lots of great and well known brands under the same roof and the prices are reasonable. The are sporting goods, men's and ladies' fashion, children's clothing and jewelleries in same location. Here you don`t have to spend half a day looking different shops all over the city. Naturally you can even have a lunch here. Just enjoy and spend the whole day shopping.
What to pay: Totally depenting how you manage to control yourself but probably muc less than somewhere else.
Melbourne has so many different types of shopping area's and styles i dont know where or how to begin with any kind of worth while idea's.
still i give it a try and with a bit of luck upset some local melbourne people when I'm done.
The city Has 2 major dep stores In Myers and david jones .
David jones being the more expensive .both you can find off bourke street.
Melbourne had become obsesed with large shopping complexes and they allhave enough that many people don't even bother with shopping in the city .
Chadstone shopping complex lays claim as fashion capital with a number of designer shops and take my word for it sure is not the dandy maket which is a as feral a fashion centre as you will ever see and should be burnt down along with useless scum that shop there (told you i was out to upset)
South land in of course the southern suburbs is another massive shopping complex similar to chadstone .
Knox city is probably the most different of all these seen one seen then all large over sized shopping hells .because of the know ozone area which has many restaurants and bars giving a inner city feel .Dont worry though the locals are feral and soon make you realize your 34 km from the city.
Melbourne city can be a shoppers joy with so many hidden arcades and speciality stores
there is to many to mention here .
I suggest you as at tourist info centre or ask aussie dough he far less lazy than me .
Another feral awful place is footscray mall oh my God this place is step back in time and I don't mean in a good sense .her you can walk into some rat infested cafe and see cans of soft drinksold at say k mart not for ind. sale and there it is right there for sale in there store .
Footscray mall at best is home to those just off drugs or those looking for drugs and all though im no snob it's a right out there land where you be lucky to find more than 5 teeth in most of the punters .Geez gotta go back for laugh it wild .
I dont know where to start with melbournes markets there are some beauties and i mean this in good way .
What to buy: My 3 favorite are queen victoria ,parhan market and south melbourne market .
all are these are retail markets .and mostly open at least 5 days a week.
the footscray Market is the home of seafood and if your a restaurant chef or owner you love a brouse around here for your best seafood in the state .
there are many little week end craft markets or famers markets around and many local papers will give you info int he whats on section.Oh how i love the the feral shopping centres although I have not been there in ages the Heilburge mall was not far behind Footscray in terms of what a lack of council money injected into a area can achieve it was a discrace last time i saw it though that was years ago so it may be better now
Camberwell sunday trash and treasure market is melbourne Icon of which one of the richest suburbs tries to pretend its not snob heaven by having this sunday market that sells mostly crap so the rich get a chance to see what the rest of us relie on to get by .the good thing is they get to brouse in their inner city suburb with out having to go to places like wantina (which trash and tresure market is double the size).
I hate the camberwell market as rich tossa's go looking to buy some junk they dont neen to feel good about themselves being almost like the rest of us.
Having said that camberwell have great cafe's and plenty of trendy home made stuff to keep the foodies honest and happy .
The camberwell market(different to the trash and treasure market ) itself is a smaller version of the south melbourne market and good bargins or old book you hunted for years to find may be found here.
All of melbourne fruit /veg markets offer much fresher and much much cheaper goods than any store such as coles or safeways .
What to pay: All clothing markets offer really good value on style cheap clothes though the quality is not what you get for full price deptment store shopping.
All markets offer value for money in terms of meat prices and fish and bread.
I would say that the quality of butchers is very very different though so some reaserch will bring you the happiest result .All the big suburban shopping centres are way to big and offer every thing you need .christ it's a horrible way for man to have to spend his week end as she drags you around and around looking at more and more crap you didn't want to see in the first place .thank god they all have 16 year old girl or pimple faced boy who know know nothing about real coffee pouring them into paper cup so hot you get to sit burn your mouth on over cooked coffee beans and prey your wife burnt her tounge
Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market if famous. It is one of the larger ones in Australia, and there isn't much that you can't buy there. From produce to clothes, knick-knacks, souvenirs, gadgets, and so on. This market is definitely bigger than a similar Paddy's Market in Sydney. If you're looking for something specific and are thinking of putting it off until you get to Sydney, don't! You're much more likely to find it at QVM. It is open every day except Monday and Wednesday.
In the years I have been travelling to Melbourne few places have changed as much as Melbourne Central. This is mostly the shops located within the complex which is very big. Spread over several floors there are a large number of shops in an interesting building located over the Melbourne Central train station.
A good invention that has hit this place (and a couple of others around Melbourne) is the touch screen information guide. You can search for a store by name or what it sells so hopefully you will find what you are looking for.
The top of the complex is quite recognisable from all over Melbourne and provides a good point of reference.
What to buy: There is a great variety of stores selling everything from beauty products to books and electronics. Several cafes are dotted around with some stores having their own cafe or are in partnership with a chain (eg Borders & Gloria Jean coffee).
Bridge St Richmond is Melbourne's street for the outlet shop.
Every 3rd shop is an outlet store. The others are specialist fashion or coffee shops.
If you are planning on updating the warddrobe do not skip here. Shoes, fashion, jeans, sports, everything you can think of. And it goes on and on and on.
What to buy: Shoes
What to pay: It verys so much here from ultra hexy to everyday prices.
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: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Dymocks is one of Melbourne's best book stores. The range is huge in its underground location beside Australia on Collins.
The range of books is similar to most though, being so big, there is a great range of titles in all genres plus a great reference section. Dotted around the store are PC's where you can search for your book title if you are not sure where to find it or if Dymocks even have it in stock.
The service here was very friendly and the prices quite good!
What to buy: Obviously it's all about books though there are also a few other items such as globes and associated nik naks.
Bridge Road in Richmond contains a strip of clothing shops (mostly women's clothing, but some men's), and has a reputation as the 'outlet' centre of Melbourne.
For the most part, this is true. There are a lot of shops selling last season't stock, discontinued items, damaged clothing, etc. Some, however, are just normal retail shops, so be careful when looking at prices.
Some of the more well-known retailers with outlets in this area inclue: Country Road, Kamikaze, Jacqui E, Stussy, Ojay, Garfunkle, and many others.
This area is easily accessible from the CBD.
It is within walking distance, for those who are keen. From the CBD, head south towards Flinders street, then walk eastwards, as this street changes its name to Wellington Parade. You will pass the Treasury Gardens/Fitzroy Gardens and Hilton on your left, and the MCG on your right. Once you cross over Hoddle Street, you have made it to Bridge Road.
Alternatively, to get there by tram, take the 48 or 75 lines, which take you straight down Bridge Road.
I would advise against driving to Bridge Road, as parking is always quite difficult and can be costly.
And Melbourne has plenty of markets.
Below please find the link to a fairly complete list.
But do be warned. I know for a fact the Gembrook market has just closed down due to public liability problems. And the Upper Ferntree Gully market is hardly worth going to now Pellegrinos, the fruit and veg people, have pulled out.
(Update - Pellegrinos are apparently back, but still. As markets go, the Upper Ferntree Gully market isn't even trying.)
And the Queen Victoria market is great for produce - cheese, fish, fruit and veg etc - and people watching! - but their other stalls are mostly tawdry gimcrack.
So maybe pick a market and then ask on the forum for local opinions. Or if there is a phone number give them a ring. Nothing more disappointing than turning up all ready for a market and it has changed its day, or faded away or is in the process of fading away. And all you find is one chap selling oriental rugs at phenomenal prices, an icecream van and a cd stall. That is a bit sad and wearisome.
Myers is a very large place will items spread over 5 floors covering 2 blocks of town. Everything from kids toys to sports gear to lingerie Myers has lots to choose from. Their sports store used to be the best around though like Nike town, it has closed due to slow sales! This is quite surprising in such a sports mad city.
At Christmas time the front window display on Collins Street usually has a long queue as people file past & check out the Xmas display. The Xmas shop is open all year round though it's not as good outside Xmas time.
The store has a fairly good food area though you can get better across Collins St at David Jones downstairs food hall.
Myers normally have a sale in the first week of December each year and mid year around May.
What to buy: Anything and everything. Myers prices will likely be higher than some other places given that it's a department store however as it is part of the massive Coles Myer group they have huge buying power so some prices will surprise.