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Traditional sheepskins and the Australian's answer to the raincoat – the drizabone – can be found here. Iconic Akubra hats are found in shops around Flinders Street train station. Local wines from the Yarra Valley are very popular buys.

Melbourne is a major fashion centre, home to world-famous surfing brand Quiksilver, and shoppers looking for Australian and international designer wear should head for the city arcades – South Yarra or Lygon Street in Carlton. Unusual buys and bargains, as well as a festive atmosphere, can be had at the Queen Victoria Market. For some beautiful, unique and individually crafted jewellery head for the Rose Street Artists Market in Fitzroy. High-quality vintage clothing abounds on Greville Street in Prahran.

Shopping hours are generally Monday to Wednesday, 9 am-5:30 pm; Thursday and Friday, 9 am-5:30 pm but some will have a late-night shopping policy and stay open until 7 pm or even 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday 9 am-5:30 pm but some may not open until 11 am or 12 noon. Most major supermarkets are open 24 hours.

Places to Shop

Begin your shopping experience at the magnificent city arcades, such as the Block Arcade (between Collins and Little Collins streets), which has more than 30 shops, including the historic Hopetoun Tearooms, and the Royal Arcade (stretching from Little Collins Street to the Bourke Street Mall). Then hit the courts and lanes around Swanston Street and the huge Melbourne Central shopping complex between Latrobe and Lonsdale streets.

Next, fan out across the city, taking in Chapel Street in South Yarra, for its Australian fashions, and the Jam Factory, 500 Chapel Street, South Yarra, which is a series of buildings with a range of shops and food outlets, including a large branch of Borders bookshop, as well as 16 cinema screens.

There's also Toorak Road in Toorak, for Gucci and other high-priced, high-fashion names; Bridge Road in Richmond, for budget fashions; Lygon Street in Carlton, for Italian fashion, footwear, and accessories; and Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, for a more alternative scene.

High-fashion boutiques line the eastern stretch of Collins Street, between the Grand Hyatt and the Hotel Sofitel, and Chapel Street in South Yarra. In addition, thousands of retail shops and factory outlets are around the city, many of them on Bridge Road near Punt Road and Swan Street near Church Street in Richmond. You'll find designer clothes, many just last season's fashions, at a fraction of the original price.


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