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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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Fame Agenda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Fame Agenda

Set your own fashion agenda and run, smile and dream in the distinctive signature designs from Melbourne-based label Fame Agenda.

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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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Signed + Numbered, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Signed + Numbered

Browse through dynamic street art and exquisite art works on paper at this unique little art shop in the fashionable Greville Street precinct.

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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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Aesop Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Aesop Flinders Lane

Expect an inspiring olfactory response to this minimalist, eco-minded beauty and skincare range, housed in a much-talked-about wholly cardboard fit-out.

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Thread Den, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Thread Den Collingwood

When the apocalypse finally comes, your mastery of Microsoft Excel may no longer be enough to keep clothes on your back. Luckily, Thread Den holds...

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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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ACMI Shop

ACMI Shop

Cinephiles will find kindred spirits lurking in the ACMI Shop, stocking up rare imported titles and racing to the most quirky film collectibles.

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Fat, Prahran, Victoria, Australia

Fat

Get the skinny on delicious things: top-shelf, avant-garde clothing and accessories. This is fashion to win a style war and worth a splash-out.

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Detail of ceiling, Block Arcade, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Block Arcade

Make your way across the mosaic floor and soaring glass canopy to the mouth-watering displays of the Hopetoun Tearooms and Haigh's Chocolates.

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Melbournalia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbournalia

Wow the folks back home with stylish goods and souvenirs - books, homewares, art, jewllery, bags and tees - from Melbourne designers and makers.

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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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Alice Edgeley, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Alice Edgeley

Peruse the biannual collections, buy off the rack or commission custom pieces from Alice Edgeley, a designer with a passion for daily sartorial finesse.

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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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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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Filly & Mare, Middle Park, Victoria, Australia

Filly & Mare

Feel the love for major Australian designers like Akira, Fleur Wood, Tigerlilly and Zimmerman, as well as Italian perfumes and exotic scented candles.

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Chapel Street Bazaar, Prahran, Victoria, Australia

Chapel Street Bazaar

Lose yourself in this treasure trove of all things vintage and kitsch, where you'll find furniture, toys, homwares and tidbits among dozens of stalls.

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Bernards Magic Shop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bernards Magic Shop

Old jokes are good jokes, so the best props for practical jokes can be found up the skinny staircase at Bernards, Australia's oldest magic shop.

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Marais, Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Marais

Head to the gleaming Marais flagship store for your pick of the most achingly cool, covetable pieces by Givenchy, Lanvin and Victor & Rolf.

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Assin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Assin

Descend to this basement boutique housing elite labels and specialising in high-end designer men's and women's fashion, footwear, bags and accessories.

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