Suburban Shopping Streets & Precincts
Wandering through Melbourne's inner city suburbs you'll discover a plethora of fabulous shopping precincts and streets jam-packed with outlets, boutiques, pop-up sales, restaurants, cafes...
Chapel Street, Prahran
Chapel Street precinct is designed for window shopping and dreaming; hopefully with some real shopping thrown in. The window displays offer the best in stylish clothes, shoes, accessories and much more. Chapel Street Bazaar @ # 217 is a fun vintage mini market space. Many local designers call Chapel Street home as do international names such as Top Shop at The Jam Factory which also hosts Village Cinemas. Fabulous cafes and bars are found in abundance along Chapel St for during or after your day of retail therapy. Just off Chapel Street you’ll find lots of other shopping worlds such as Greville St, Pran Central and Toorak Rd to name a few. Prahran Market, just tucked behind Chapel St on Commercial Road, is well worth a visit.
How to Get There: Tram: Numbers 78/79 run along Church to Chapel from Bridge Rd. Numbers 6, 8 & 72 from the city.
Acland Street, St Kilda
Acland Street, St Kilda offers a blend of unique, sometimes off beat retail therapy with a delicious blend of gourmet treats. Many people just go to Acland Street for the cakes but there’s plenty of funky cafes, bars and upmarket restaurants to choose from. Then jump on a tram to find more delights on Fitzroy St or if you’re up for a walk you’ll pass Luna Park and The Palais and The Esplanade Hotel, both chockablock full of great music offerings. If you are in St Kilda on a Sunday make sure you visit St Kilda Esplanade Market. There are nearly 200 of Victoria's best artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their work direct to the public. Located between Fitzroy Street and Acland St, beside Luna Park. Open every Sunday, 10am-5pm
How to Get There: Tram: Number 96 from BourkeSt or Southern Cross Station. Number 16 from Swanston Street.
Bridge Rd, Richmond
Bridge Road is the original outlet shopping trawl for Melburnians. Long before DFO we spent the days walking from one end to the other. A few of the bigger names have moved to DFO and there’s a few more apartments and other businesses but it’s still a great destination for thrifty shoppers. Unique boutiques are represented alongside quality everyday wear, all-budget formal and bridal couture, popular brand names such as Wittner, Cotton On, Bardot, Bendon, Sass & Bide, Claude d”Alban, Portmans, Sportsgirl, Perri Cutten, Allanah Hill, Gorman, Review, Country Road, Ed Harry, Tony Bianco..and so many more. If you need substance there’s a café every few metres including The Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder…
How to Get There: Number 75 up Flinders Street or 48 up Collins St. The 78 or 79 from Chapel Street and get off at the corner of Church Street and Bridge Rd. From the city, Bridge Road is a lovely walk up Flinders Street and Wellington Parade past the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens and the mighty MCG.
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Brunswick Street is one of Melbourne’s most multicultural and eclectic streets. Often dubbed bohemian it also hosts some of Melbourne’s best restaurants including Little Creatures Dining Hall, The Provincial, The Alchemist, Naked for Satan, Brunswick Cider House, Rice Queen, Shocalate boutiques. Brunswick Street has been used in the filming of many local Melbourne-based television series, such as Offspring and Rush. Dotted between the fabulous restaurants is a concoction of fabulous retail including jewellery, high end boutiques, shoe stores and vintage. Make sure you check out Clear It which has a mixture of Allanah Hill and Dangerfield seconds and samples packed to the rafters.
How to Get There: Tram: Number 112 from Collins Street or number 86 from Bourke Street.
Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
If you find yourself bored shopping in Melbourne head to Gertrude Street Fitzroy which is bursting with fascinating retail many of whom are Melbourne icons like Crumpler Bags, Obus, Aesop Skincare, Spencer Lacy, Spacecraft Homewares (pictured). There are plenty of galleries & bars and you’ll find yourself in foodie heaven at Enoteca, Lladro Pizza, Cutler & Co, Builders Arms, Birdman Eating Café, and just try to walk past Books for Cooks . To indulge in stationary and high tea with a double dose of femininity please try Christina Ri’s Where A Girl Goes on the corner of Oxford Street.
If you manage to get through the whole streets just turn into Brunswick Street or Smith Street for More…
How to Get There: Tram: Number 86 from Bourke Street.