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Melbourne Central

| Corner of LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9922 1100
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Melbourne Central is a diverse shopping and dining destination that invites you to keep exploring. Bringing together more than 300 retailers over five levels, Melbourne Central is home to an absorbing range of Australian and international fashion brands from Gorman, Alannah Hill, Crumpler to Vans and Nique. Take a sugar break at Cupcake Central, a beauty break at Mecca Maxima or an indulgent time-out at Self Centred Medi Spa. The buzz continues after dark, whether you are lurking in Knox Lane with its graffiti by Melbourne's infamous DABS and MYLA, or basking beneath a screen in the Hoyts Lux Cinema. Spanning two city blocks, the centre boasts several unique architectural features including the giant Marionette Watch hanging in Shot Tower Square, famous for its hourly rendition of the Australian anthem 'Waltzing Matilda'. The square is named after the historic Coops Shot Tower a bullet-making facility built in 1889. Today, the brick shot tower stands proudly in its original place, protected by a modern twist: the magnificent Glass Cone, designed in the '80s by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. While it floods the centre with natural light, the Glass Cone's design also makes it one of Melbourne's most recognisable landmarks. Located atop the City Loop Melbourne Central train station and can be found on the iconic free city circle tram route. Melbourne Central boasts 822 car parks making it the perfect base for Melbourne city excursions. The five-star-rated parents' retreat offers a sanctuary for families, while The Little Library free book exchange provide spaces for pause and escape from the city's frenetic buzz. Whatever brings you to Melbourne, be it shopping, exploring, lunch, brunch or simply an unexpected adventure, it is all waiting between Lonsdale and La Trobe. Or to go behind the scenes book a place on Melbourne Central's Unlocked Tour which leads visitors around hidden nooks, rarely-seen vantage points and secret rooftops. Bernadette Alibrando can also tell you the tales of Melbourne Central's huge range of artworks in the Walk to Art Tours. For bookings please visit the Melbourne Central website.
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| Corner of LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 9922 1100
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It is a beautiful building. You must see it as it is very central and lots of great shops in there. Especially like the old vintage clothing shop right out in the open.

Thank BenSmith21
Reviewed 1 week ago

A good range of shops and eating places. Of course the time i go there, they decide to have a fire drill and so we were evacuated onto the street in the rain.

Thank angelasadventure
Reviewed 1 week ago

We accidentally found out about this place and so glad we did. The Shot Tower was great and the shopping centre was crazy - in a good way. The had the Vogue Fashion week on with a pink theme so that was really something to...More

Thank Kitty H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Convenient located in CBD area you may take free city tram 35 drop of instantly in front of this shopping center Opening hour from 10am-7pm 7 day a week except Thur and Fri till 9pm.From Café, Restaurant, Cole's Supermarket, Fashion, Florist, Pharmacy. Under the ground...More

Thank kokomitay
Reviewed 1 week ago

Speaking as a native of Melbourne, I hate this place. It is a real mess architecturally and hard to find your way around, with multiple split levels, escalators not well laid out, noise and people wandering all over the place. Doesn't help that there is...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loads of really nice shops and a great variety.. Clean, tidy and spacious... Something for everyone in the one place ...

Thank neenhandley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great inner city mall that has all the usual department stores. There is a tram station on the ground floor as well. The mall is built around the Shot Tower which is a historical establishment that produced lead shot for shotgun cartridges....More

Thank Gregkaren123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great selection of shops all built around the original Melbourne Central Train Station. Great shopping. Huge range. Great food court. Well worth a visit. (and very central, hence the name)

Thank Ross B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is very unusual. This is an historic building where they used to make ammunition for bayonet in the 19th century. In order to preserve it, they put it under a gigantic glass pyramid

Thank FranckJa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

don't miss the clocks performance( it sings waltzing matilda every hour). its probably the only original thing from when it was first built... aside from the shot tower of course. speaking of which, did you know there was a little museum there telling you the...More

Thank Mooturtil
Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways
tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary
feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the
city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques,
throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
never quite know what you’ll find around the next
corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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