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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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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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Comme des Garcons Play, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Comme des Garçons Pocket

It turns out pockets should have style, too, and there's none more stylish than Comme des Garçons Pocket tucked away in its unassuming laneway pocket.

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Northside Records, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Northside Records

Head northside to this purveyor of new and secondhand music for vinyl LPs, CDs, DVDs, books, DJ equipment and phonic rarities especially imported.

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Happy Valley, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Happy Valley

Chris Crouch’s art, design and book store is full of just that – lovely arty trinkets, quirky collectables and a handsome selection of book titles.

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Lady Petrova, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Lady Petrova

Find quirky ethereal and elegant bespoke creations that are equally functional and feminine at this super cute fashion boutique behind Flinders Lane.

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The Essential Ingredient, Prahran Market, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Essential Ingredient

Under the same roof as Prahran Market you'll find a fabulous pantry overflowing with specialty food, cookware, recipe books and a cooking school.

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Readings Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: David Collopy

Readings Carlton

Whether you're popping in at lunchtime, attending a literary event, or killing time before a movie, Readings is always a hive of bookish activity.

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Tettman Doust, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

TETTMAN.DOUST

Experience the sensation of wearing TETTMAN.DOUST's exceptionally tailored designs, featuring hand-worked beadings and luxurious natural fabrics.

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Collins234 Boutique Place

Collins234 Boutique Place

Collins234 Boutique Place is home to some of Melbourne's finest and unique fashion, beauty and specialty retailers. The stylish boutique centre is in...

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David Jones Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

David Jones

Shop quality fashion, beauty and homewares in grand buildings, both sides of Bourke Street Mall. Visit the Food Hall for a great gourmet lunch.

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Polyester Records, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Polyester Records

Snap up new releases from new blood like East Link and Multiple Man and replenish your indie staples collection at this revered Fitzroy record store.

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The Melbourne Scarves by Melbourne Style, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne Style

Get decked out in beautiful, original, meaningful Melbournalia that are all designed in Melbourne, inspired by Melbourne, and made in Melbourne.

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Life with Bird, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

LIFEwithBIRD

Slip into ultra modern, ultra chic clothing and accesories by Melbourne designer duo Bridget McCall and Nicholas Van Messner. Think modern classics.

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Wunderkammer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wunderkammer

Find a truly eclectic mix of scientific oddities, taxidermy, artefacts and ephemera from the mystical to the macabre in this cabinet of curiosities.

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The Sun Bookshop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Sun Bookshop

Located on the doorstep of the art deco Sun Theatre, this little treasure of the West is popular with locals, authors and visiting cinefiles.

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The Golden Age, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Golden Age

Glam up with hand-tailored made-to-measure vintage women's clothing in styles from the mid-1930s to late 1950s. Think tweed suits and Penvil dresses.

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Southgate

Southgate

Southgate restaurant and shopping precinct is located in the heart of Southbank, right next door to Melbourne's renowned Arts Precinct. With a range...

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City Wine Shop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

City Wine Shop

Indulge in a tipple and bite to eat among the treasure trove of bottled delights, a favourite haunt for wine connoisseurs at the top end of town.

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ESS Laboratory, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

ESS Laboratory

Expect unorthodox cuts, unexpected cuts and forms, and unisex outfits of rare beauty from the Melbourne-based Japanese design duo behind ESS Laboratory.

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Title,  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Title

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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