Tree-lined Collins Street is the destination to take the chauffeur to if in the market for a substantial outlay on international haute couture and exclusive doses of retail therapy. Armani, Versace, Tiffany and other such stellar designer names hold court across the river in the Crown Entertainment Complex . But it’s the shopping mecca of Chapel Street that really wins Melbourne its style crown. Bold and hip, over four kilometer of shopping is home to over 1000 stores. It’s the style capital of Australia’s style capital. This is where the names and faces of the country’s fashion and entertainments industry shop, show and shine. Design legends Scanlan and Theodore, Colette Dinnigan, Christopher Graf and Bettina Liano line the street. Nearby Commercial Street , Prahan offers an array of gay-owned and operated businesses. Cosmopolitan Greville Street is a small but delightful strip off Chapel Street – astounding shops, stylish salons, music stores, lounge bars and a lively café and restaurant scene. Brunswick Street has a boho collection of eclectic stores.

Melbourne has historic arcades and colorful markets from Brunswick’s Organic Food and Craft Market to the matron of them all – the lively Queen Victoria Market, Victoria Street. Bustling with fresh produce and all singing, all dancing stall owners, the Vic is extravagantly equipped with all the picnic ingredients you could ever desire if eating al fresco is on the schedule. These 17 acres are where Melbourne’s beautiful do their weekend grocery shopping.

 If you are looking for a bargain there are great designer outlet stores in Bridge Road, Richmond.  I suggest catch a tram to Bridge Road, shop, then catch another tram down to Chapel Street.  Interesting price differences for similar style clothes.  Of course, designer warehouse outlets dont always have the same swish surrounds like those of Chapel Street, but the ecletic mix of people, coffee houses and stores make it a worthwhile journey.  Enjoy!