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Shopping in Melbourne always comes with added extras, with laneway discoveries and cafe culture as much a part of the experience as the loot from local designers and the best of international brands.

Ever-evolving shopping choices make it possible to create a different shopping spree every time you venture out, whether you're after high fashion or fine art, jewellery or accessories, homewares or stationery. The city's myriad laneways and arcades harbour untold gems, inner city precincts spoil you for choice, while department stores and shopping centres continue to raise the bar.

The city's passion for fashion is a serious matter, a fact not overlooked by international retail giants looking to establish Australian outposts, and local designers keen on getting a strong start.

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It ain't cheap, but this is the pick of the litter. Find obscure jazz, soul and country reissues, afro-beat and an inspiring range of ECM releases.

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Lupa, Northcote, Victoria, Australia

Lupa

Embrace your inner she-wolf and get behind Lupa's admirable aims to reject disposable fashion in favour of local style. You'll look good, to boot.

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Reader's Feast Bookstore, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Hilary Bradford

Reader's Feast Bookstore

Head up to the sumptuous surrounds of the Georges Building on Collins to browse a diverse array of books and get tips from knowledgeable staff.

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Swensk, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Swensk

Ease into timeless, minimalist unisex creations touted as 'slow fashion for interesting people' designed to highlight the wearer rather than the label.

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Limedrop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Limedrop

View life through rainbow-coloured glasses at Limedrop, and fill your wardrobe with the signature brightly coloured, beautifully textured womenswear.

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Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Craft

The best thing about Craft, where the line between retail space and gallery is artfully blurred, is that the art you see is often attainable.

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Husk, Albert Park, Victoria, Australia

Husk

Dip your toe into the slow lane at this '20s-styled fashion and homewares boutique and sample natural teas in its bougainvillea-trimmed courtyard cafe.

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Heartland Records, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Heartland Records

Paul Cook, the owner of Heartland Records, fell into the world of vinyl quite by accident and it's a good thing for Melbourne music fans that he did.

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Dandenong Market

Dandenong Market

Dandenong Market is an iconic market in Melbourne's south-east and is a much valued community asset both locally and regionally. Located in the heart...

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Louise Macdonald, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Kristina Kingston

Louise Macdonald

Adorn your crown with a striking piece by this pro milliner, with your choice pillbox, beret or cloche creation guaranteed to turn heads.

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Metropolis Bookstore, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Metropolis Bookstore

Scout the shelves of this reader's oasis to discover rare, niche and hard to find tomes. The quirky selection here offers books to suit any taste.

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Chiodo, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Chiodo

Enter this subterranean, edgy hub of designs where unisex fashion and accessories flaunt themselves alongside stylish satchels and other accessories.

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opal ring, pendant set

Johnston Opals

Johnston Opals apart of Johnston Jewellers, is a family run business which has been trading for well over 100 years, situated on Exhibition Street in...

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Dinosaur Designs, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia

Dinosaur Designs

Meet the Flinstones with chunky bracelets, necklaces and rings made from resin, silver, ceramic and glass, plus homewares inspired by nature itself.

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Et Al, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Et Al

Make a statement with Et Al's cutting-edge designs that exude refined workmanship and quality fabrication, that also happen to be very Melbourne.

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Self Preservation, Melbourne, Victoria, Ausralia

Self Preservation

Sip tea or manually extracted coffee and daintily munch pastries while you browse gleaming jewels at this gallery-cafe-bar. How very, very Melbourne.

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Cups of Happiness

South Melbourne Market

Join the locals relaxing over coffee and browsing stall after stall of fresh produce, specialty foods and pretty much anything else you can think of.

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Up There Store, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Up There Store

They say shoes maketh the man and Brendan, James and Jason of Up There Store wholeheartedly agree. But there's more than just fancy footwear here.

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Southern Right Whale and Calf at Logan's Beach Warrnambool

Fazshot Photography

Fazshot Photography provides landscape and wildlife photographic images throughout Victoria. Most of the images are from the air and include unique...

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Knitworld Australia

Knitworld Australia

Knitworld Australia has all your classic knitted garments made from the finest fibres and carries 100 per cent Australian made and designed knitwear...

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