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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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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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White Suede, Prahran, Victoria, Australia

White Suede

Add edge to your wardrobe with dresses, tees, jeans and swimwear by designer Jacqui Demkiw, whose label is globally renowned yet still underground.

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Godwin Charli, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Godwin Charli

Get a decidedly up to the minute look from Godwin Charli's men's and women's suiting and accessories handcrafted in Melbourne.

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Il Papiro, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Il Papiro

Spoil those with a poetic heart and distinguish your sentiments with traditional handmade stationery and paper, wax seals and stamps from Italy.

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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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Little Cupcakes, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Little Cupcakes

Make tracks to the darling, diminutive Little Cupcakes Degraves Street doorway for a range of cupcakes that's bound to get the sweet tooth chomping.

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Monk House Design, Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia

Monk House Design

Ladies, don't monkey around at this small Sydney Road boutique with a big reputation stocking independent labels by local and international designers.

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Beggar Man Thief, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Beggar Man Thief

Buy your brogues, oxfords, desert boots and boat shoes at this South Melbourne bastion of fine footwear, along with cut-throat razors and shaving kits.

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Willow, Hawksburn, Victoria, Australia

Willow

Surround yourself with the glamour of Willow's exquisitely ethereal gowns, lingerie and outerwear, plus fine art in the label's Melbourne boutiques.

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Gorman Surprise, Richmond, Victoria, Australia

Gorman Surprise

Surprise your bank balance and wardrobe with stylish recycled pieces in contemporary, sustainable fabrics at bargain prices at this fashion outlet.

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Loose Leaf, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Emily Godfrey

Loose Leaf

Fresh and seasonal is the order of the day in this jungle wonderland, created by Charlie Lawler and Wona Bae. Grab an exotic plant or join a class.

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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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City Basement Books, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

City Basement Books

Explore the enthralling, ordered chaos of aisles pre-loved novels, journals, magazines, textbooks and reference tomes. It's a goldmine for bookworms.

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Obus, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Obus

Drench yourself in colour, and dresses, coats and pants, at this distillery of cutting-edge fashion. In fashion's lottery, Obus is the golden ticket.

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Bul, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bul

Waft through summer in classic undersated elegance with these carefree threads - cable scarves, slinky cardigans, faded floral dresses and swimsuits.

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Zoologie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Zoologie

Go wild at the flagship store for this Melbourne label blending the exotic and familiar with Australian-made future-noir threads for men and women.

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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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Cibi Cafe, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cibi

Indulge your inner cibi or child with quirky Japanese odds and ends, plus more grown-up arty design objects, coffee, and simple heart-warming cooking.

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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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Green With Envy, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia

Green With Envy

Walk out in style from this trend-setting boutique stocked with an eclectic mix of sartorial wonders from Australian and international fashion labels.

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