Melbourne is one of the best shopping places in Australia. Not only foreigners come here for shopping, but also Australians from other cities. Large shopping centers with thousands of stores are concentrated in the CBD. Just get out on Collins Street and go in any direction. There are boutiques of all world brands, but, perhaps, it is more interesting to find stores of Australian manufacturers. Moreover, local products differ in quality (although, unfortunately, in price as well).
If you like shopping, visit Collins Place (45 Collins St) or St. Petersburg. Collins Lane (260 Collins St). In St. Collins Lane, by the way, is a very beautiful emerald green ceiling. And it is included in the chain of famous arcades that lead from Flinders Street station to Emporium Melbourne and Melbourne Central (these are also shopping centers).
Many interesting shops, boutiques and coffee shops located in the Royal Arcade and Block Arcade. And be sure to check out Melbourne Central (Cnr La Trobe and Swanston streets), even if you are not interested in shopping. Inside the pyramid dome is a Melbourne landmark – Coop’s Shot Tower, built in 1888.
Worth a visit to one of Haigh’s Chocolates stores (Collins St, Swanston Walk and Block Arcade) for the famous Australian chocolate. Some sweets are still made by hand.
But where you really should go for souvenirs, food and atmosphere, this is the city market Queen Victoria Market (Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria streets). Boomerangs, boxes with drawings of Australian Aborigines, textiles, jewelry, bracelets, decor items – all this is on the Vic Market and much cheaper than in the souvenir shops in the center.
If you plan to acquire Uggs, then you need to watch them here. By the way, uggs are not only the usual Australian suede “boots”. In Australia, you will find boots, moccasins, and slippers, which will also be “ugg”. Different companies make them, both in Australia and in Asian countries. So look closely at the label, if you want them to be Australian-made.
In Australia, each gallery, museum, attractions and even some pubs have a souvenir shop. Look at the souvenir shops of the Eureka skyscraper, the botsad, the NGV gallery, Rod Laver Arena stadium at the Melbourne Park sports complex, the zoo and the aquarium. At Federation Square, go to the Koorie Heritage Trust Inc (The Yarra Building (Levels 1 and 3)) souvenir shop selling items designed or manufactured by aborigines or dedicated to them.