The Queen Victoria Market is a large outdoor market located in Elizabeth Street. It is open everyday except Mondays, Wednesdays and select holidays. Created in the 1800's the market is the largest outdoor market and boasts of a huge selection of fruits, vegetables, meats and as well as cooked food to cater to diverse tastes. The market is organized so that sellers who are selling more or less the same stuff are next to each other and shoppers can select the best deal for them. There is also a few food stalls which sell cooked food from Melbourne's multi-cultural population. From Turkish Baklavas to English Meat Pies to Italian Gelato they are all are available here. There is just something great about the atmosphere of a market of this type that a supermarket can never have.
What to buy: Fresh meats, fruits and vegetables
What to pay: The prices for stuff are quite reasonable
The Harbour Town shopping centre in the Melbourne Docklands is a outlet store haven. There are many clothing shops offering a good collection. There are also a few entertainment outlets for the children as well as some food outlets so that people can recharge before another round of shopping. The Southern Star ferris wheel is currently being repaired and it should be operational really soon.
What to buy: All types of clothing
Smith street is not far from the CBD and has a large number of outlet stores selling mainly sports related clothing. All of the big brands are here - Nike, New Balanace, Saucony, Adidas etc though the stuff on sale is at the bottom end of their ranges in many cases. The prices are okay (esp if you are a bit smaller or larger than average) though the range is a bit limited.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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