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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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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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Husk, Toorak, Victoria, Australia

Husk

Find hidden treasures among bohemian fashion, artful acessories, holistic homewares and artful ephemera sourced from the farthest reaches of the globe.

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QV Shopping Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

QV

When the thought of going to a shopping centre makes you recoil in horror but you have a daunting list of errands, head to QV's meandering 'laneways'.

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Mag Nation City, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mag Nation City

Flick through pristine titles with great coffee, cool staff and crazy promotions at the hippest periodical dispensary in the city. Say 'Undies Monday'.

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Someday Store, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Someday Store

Stop to look someday through the drawers, cases and hangers filled with exclusive labels, artisinal jewellery, antiquarian books and cultish artworks.

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City Hatters, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

City Hatters

Dip your lid to City Hatters, a purveyor of fine headwear for more than a century under the clocks at Flinders Street station.

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Collectors Corner, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Collectors Corner / Missing Link

Flick through racks and racks of rare indie, psych, prog, punk, hip hop and rock at this amalgamation of two of the city's iconic record stores.

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Eastern Market Capela

Eastern Market Capela

Eastern Market Capela is a sublime and unique clothing store of international note, set in a one-hundred-year-old chapel. Imported designer clothing,...

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Five Boroughs, Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia

Five Boroughs

Collect local and international design objects, textiles, ceramics and accessories from this gorgeous shop named after the five boroughs of NYC.

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Kinki Gerlinki, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Kinki Gerlinki

Dress up in playful, elegant vintage and understated eccentric style from quirky Melbourne designers who use an array of fabrics from Asia and Europe.

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Tarlo & Graham, Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image copyright Tarlo & Grahram.

Tarlo & Graham

If you love eccentric antique objects, vintage bits and industrial design, you simply can't pass this souped up curiosity shop by.

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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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Stockholm Syndrome, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Stockholm Syndrome

Delve into a denim goldmine with jeans, jackets and shirts spanning styles from the 18th century to the 21st, all given Neuw's 'vintage revision'.

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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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Greville Records, Prahran, Melbourne, Australia

Greville Records

Turn off glitzy Chapel Street and head into Greville Records to check out the collection of new and old vinyl, special editions, box sets and merch.

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Lucy Folk, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Lucy Folk

Stop by Crossley Street to check out whimsical works by Lucy Folk a homegrown talent with a global presence. Did we mention Beyonce's a customer?

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Kuwaii, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Kuwaii

Feel the magnetic pull down Cathedral Arcade towards Kuwaii's flagship store, and spoil yourself with timeless, elegant, and beautiful womenswear.

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The Bitch is Back, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

The Bitch is Back

Find the best and boldest 20th-century designed furniture: custom-made Australian, collectable Danish and Italian design pieces, plus furnishings.

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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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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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