There are high-end shops everywhere in Melbourne, from the city to high-streets in neighbouring suburbs. Melbourne CBD and these surrounding areas are popular choices for the majority of Melbourne fashion designers that set up shops and studios.
I don’t know about you guys, but I love the luxury shops. I always try to find the best of everything, whether its a dress, a rental car or home interiors. Actually, I’m renovating my house at the moment and I found some beautiful natural stone tiles for my bathroom – I will show you next week. Anyway, there are heaps of nice shops in Melbourne; below I’ve listed some great areas to visit if you’re interested:
Paris-End of Melbourne:
Collins Street is one of the most famous shopping areas in Melbourne and is most known for its luxurious shops. The upper end is called the “Paris end of Melbourne”. Set in a beautiful tree-lined boulevard, it has some of the most impressive architecture, the most luxurious five-star hotels and the most exclusive designer clothing boutiques. Whether you’re searching for high-end jewellery, shoes or other luxury goods, check out Tiffany’s, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and the like, on this strip.
Collins Street is set with its heritage buildings and was actually built on the riches of the gold rush. This becomes clear when you see the striking architecture; ranging from art deco to historic gothic. Heading down further on Collins street, just up from Swanston Street, is where all the stylish shopping centres are, like Collins, Collins two3four and Australia on Collins. From luxury homewares to gift stores to fashion – it is all found here.
The Block Arcade
Further down the street, you will find the block arcade, which houses many of the exclusive specialty shops found in Melbourne. I first found this little lane when I was looking for tiles in Melbourne, it’s amazing! This is one of the most famous crossings in Melbourne, connecting Elizabeth, Collins and Little Collins streets. It is lined with beautiful iron laced walkways with elaborate mosaic flooring (which happens to be the largest in Australia). Most impressive is the glass dome ceiling, that is really one of a kind. It takes you back to the style, abundance and the glamour of the gold rush.
Little Collins street
This is best known as the “younger sister of Collins Street”. This is where you will find plenty of boutiques, haute couture shops, shoes, fashion and new funky styles. It is a good place to unwind and relax with plenty of bars and cafes around. Tucked in between Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street, it is a cute covered lane that partly hides the smaller designer shops. Very Melbourne!
Other places and events to check out while you’re at it:
- The Crown Casino at Southbank has high-end shops with bars and many restaurants, and it’s right next to the river.
- Chapel Street, Prahran, is where you can find the best shops for unique fashion in Melbourne. It has style and it has high-end brand stores with designer labels (and the best chic cafes).
- If you like shopping centres, then the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere is the Chadstone shopping centre. The place is divided, and one section is for the fashion, style and class. This is the place for labels within both fashion and home décor.
- Melbourne fashion week: This only happens twice a year. This is where you can get the latest fashion trends and discover new ideas and inspiration. You can meet with top designers and purchase the on-site trends too, if you wish.
As you can see, there is plenty to do here in Melbourne. When it comes to luxurious shops in Melbourne, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Enjoy!