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Overview

Collins Street & Little Collins Street

It can be hard to tell whether you're LV or Alannah Hill, Bar Lourinha or No35, and thanks to the blurred distinctions between Collins and Little Collins streets, you can be a bit of both.

Haute

You may know Collins Street proper for its designer stores in heritage buildings, five-star hotels, private clubs and exclusive jewellers. It boasts its very own 'Paris End' and is often referred to as 'the top end of town'. Head in this direction for the flagship stores of Chanel, Giorgio Armani and Louis Vuitton. For more relaxed shopping stroll west where bustling retail centres like two3four house many chain and concept stores.

Hip

It's time to add something local to your designer outfit, so veer out of the mainstream and into to Little Collins and Howey Place for haute couture and hip culture, and clothes by Melbourne's most interesting designers. Head to the stretch between Swanston and Russell streets for menswear.

Cocktails and revelry

Keep your eyes out between shops for the hidden bars on Collins and Little Collins. Have a G&T at the Gin Palace, keep the midnight oil burning at Bar Ampere and up the feel-good factor at not-for-profit Shebeen. Munch on tostadas and tequila at Mamasita, taste the Thai at Magic Mountain Saloon and for late night revelry, catch a band at Boney.

How to get there

By tram: Any tram along Swanston and Elizabeth streets to Collins Street; the free City Circle Tram to the corner of Spring and Collins streets or the corner of Spencer and Collins streets.

Free Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle: Stop 4. The complete trip includes in 13 stops and takes approximately an hour and a half. The bus runs every 30 minutes between 9.30am and 4.30pm daily (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day) and includes an on-board commentary.

By foot: One to one and half blocks north from Federation Square (about three minutes).

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Things to do

Collins Street & Little Collins Street

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Maha

Try chef Shane Delia's exotic menu and treat yourself to top-shelf Middle Eastern dining.

Gin Palace

If 'after work drinks venue' was a genre, this bar would define it. With warm honey tones, swanky...

Sarti

Sarti has continued its winning ways with its ex-sous chef, Paolo Masciopinto at the helm.

Magic Mountain Saloon

This saloon swings open its doors from early morning till early morning, serving up mod Thai-Oz fare.

Bar Ampere

Unwind in the futurist surrounds, sample the imaginative menu, or discover the 'swamp room'.

Mamasita

Waste not a minute more to try perennial hotspot Mamasita, with its trailblazing Mexican menu.

Shebeen

Drink to the future at the newly opened, Shebeen and choose where the money goes via the menu.

Boney

Catch the 2am show and get a bite to eat in Melbourne's favourite late night rock 'n' roll bar.

Lupino

Watch for the wolf crowning the doorway of the cosy Italian bistro with its menu of rustic delights.

Bistro Vue

Dig into classics like garlic snails, foie gras or duck confit at Bennett's classical French bistro.

Bar Lourinhã

Tuck into Med-inspired tapas and very good vino at Matt McConnell's joint on Little Collins.

Il Bacaro

Il Bacaro's the kind of the place that could have opened last week or ten years ago, which it did.

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