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Melbourne Shopping For Fashion/Accessories

Hands up if you love shopping, I certainly do. Melbourne has some great markets, laneway & arcade shops. Put on some comfortable shoes and let’s go exploring.

I love the markets in Melbourne & here are a few of my favorites:

The Big Design Market
Each year around December, in time for Christmas The Big Design Market opens it door for 3 days of Christmas shopping with over 250 stallholders, gourmet food, drinks & designer show bags. If you are into ethical production, sustainability, quality, originality and good design then this market is for you. I went one year & you can easily overspend.

big design market
The Big Design Market at the Exhibition Building

Some of the stall holders include but are not limited to fashion.

Heide Market
Heide Market is a  collaboration between Heide Museum of Modern Art and The Rose St. Artists’ Market. It is held on the second Saturday of every month, on the grounds of the Museum.  When you have finished with the market & have enough energy, you can go to an exhibition at the Museum if you want.

heide marketHeide Market on the grounds of Heide Museum

St Kilda Esplanade Market
Set against the backdrop of St Kilda Beach, the Esplanade Market is held every Sunday, it has been around for as long as I can remember. The market features over 150 unique stalls of hand crafted artwork, wood products, jewellery, accessories, children’s toys, original designed clothing, artisan food products and a lot more. You can spend a whole day there soaking up the atmosphere.

St Kilda Market (image courtesy of St Kilda Market website

There is always something new to discover in Melbourne’s laneways & here are a few well known ones:

Flinders Lane
Flinders Lane has a mixture of boutique bars, restaurants, contemporary galleries and local fashion labels. It is situated east-west from Spring Street to Spencer Street in-between Flinders and Collins Street.

flinders laneFlinders Lane

Some of the fashion labels along Flinders Lane include:

Russell Place
This is one of Melbourne’s oldest Laneways. It is dotted with fashion outlets, jewellers, bars and restaurants. It is situated between Bourke and Little Collins street.

russell placeRussell Place

Some of the fashion labels along Russell Place include:

Crossly Street
If you know where Pellegrini’s is, then you’re on the right track to Crossly Street as it is just around the corner. There are a unique range of retail shops, cafes & restaurants.

crossley streetCrossley Street

Here are just a few of the fashion labels:

Many of Melbourne’s arcades still have their original features when they were first built. The 3 well known ones are:

Block Arcade
The Block Arcade is a heritage listed shopping arcade that forms a narrow laneway connecting Collins to Little Collins Street, also connects to Elizabeth forming an L shape arcade that connects to both Block Arcade through to the Royal Arcade.

block arcade
Block Arcade

A few of the shops include:

Royal Arcade
Like the Block Arcade, the Royal Arcade is also a heritage listed shopping arcade. This arcade connects Little Collins St to the Bourke Street Mall with a right angle passage running to Elizabeth Street.

Royal Arcade

A few of the shops include:

Cathedral Arcade
The Cathedral Arcade is on the ground floor of the Nicholas Building on the corner of Swanston Street & Flinders Lane, it is one of Melbourne’s fashionable & unappreciated shopping destination. It is also a heritage listed building and the only remaining example of an arcade with a vaulted lead-light ceiling, dome and fanlights.

cathedral arcadeCathedral Arcade

A few of the shops on the ground floor include:

There are a lot more hidden gems in Melbourne and these are the ones I’ve been to. Let me know in the comments what other markets, laneways or arcades that you have been to.

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