Scanlan & Theodore, Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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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.

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 and Australia on Collins house many chain and concept stores.

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).

Shebeen, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Drink to the future at the newly opened Shebeen – a non-profit bar that sends profits back to aid projects in each drink's country of origin.

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Mamasita, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Climb the stairs, grab a table and tuck into slow-braised pork shoulder tostaditas, BBQ'd corn and spicy prawn tacos. And tequila, of course.

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Gin Palace, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gin Palace

If 'after work drinks venue' was a genre, this bar would define it. With warm honey tones, swanky couches and a bourgeois drinks list highlighted by...

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Boney, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Catch local heroes in the upstairs bandroom, making the most of the filling meals and tasty snacks to power you through the infamous 2am live slot.

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Bar Lourinha, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bar Lourinhã

Med-inspired tapas and very good vino rule at Matt McConnell's joint. Coming in at #78 in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards.

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Bar Ampere, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bar Ampere

Bar Ampere has all the absinthe, vermouth and amaro you need to kick start your evening and an all-night kitchen to keep you going till the wee hours.

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Lupino, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Watch for the eponymous wolf crowning the entrance of the cosy Italian bistro with its menu of simple, quality classics and rustic culinary delights.

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Magic Mountain, Melbourne

Magic Mountain Saloon

This saloon swings open its doors from early morning till early morning, serving up mod Thai-Oz fare that'll have you thinking islands, not mountains.

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Dining on Collins