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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.

Highlights

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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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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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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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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Burch and Purchese, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Burch & Purchese

Treat your sweet tooth at this 'sweet studio' with handcrafted delights such as ice-creams, sorbets, jams, chocolate exotica and special garnishes.

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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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DFO South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

DFO South Wharf

Hold onto your tote and prepare to shop at DFO's 120-plus stores offering major brands at discounted prices, just stone's throw from the city centre.

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Chadstone Shopping Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Chadstone

Your shopping mission is incomplete if you haven't lost yourself in the (take a deep breath) five-hundred-and-thirty stores that comprise Chadstone.

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Market

Caribbean Gardens and Market

Young, old, or somewhere in-between we've managed to cater for everyone. You can shop, have lunch, stroll around the lake, watch the kids on the...

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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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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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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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Kay Craddock, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Kay Craddock

Step into a bookshop and back into history. Choose from a range of antiquarian and secondhand titles, dating as far back as the fifteenth century.

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Scanlan Theodore store Armadale, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Scanlan Theodore

Be assured of a classic every time when you choose Scanlan Theodore, a much-revered label that's defined Melbourne style for almost three decades.

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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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H&M, GPO, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne's GPO

Step off busy Bourke Street into a calmer space at Melbourne's GPO. Sunny steps, colonnades and cafes wrap around Australia's very first H&M store.

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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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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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Embiggen Books, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Embiggen Books

Peruse the curated collections at this little Melbourne bookshop where art meets science and absorb the traditional charms of its interiors.

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Spring Fashion in Bloom

Chapel Street Precinct

Discover Chapel Street Precinct. Where to shop; The precinct is made for walking and can keep you occupied for hours, even days. Just try resisting...

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