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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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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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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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Melbourne Central Shot Tower and Cone

Melbourne Central

Hit the shops for local and international brands – from Gorman and Crumpler to Lulamae and Vans – and take time out at cafes, bars or at the movies.

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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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Burch & Purchese, South Yarra, 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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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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NGV Shop, NGV International, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

NGV Shop

If the shops at both National Gallery of Victoria sites were even slightly less fabulous, we'd all see a bit more art on our gallery excursions.

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Leonard Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Leonard St.

Wear the mark of a Melbourne girl in the form of Leonard Street's feminine designs, oozing a slouchy 1980s lilt and loads of sophisticated cool.

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The Strand Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Strand Melbourne

Celebrate colour and style at The Strand Melbourne, a selection of Melbourne's finest boutiques tucked in beneath a facade of colourful glass fins.

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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 Cats Meow, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Cats Meow

Pounce on locally made, can't-find-it-anywhere-else, designer fashion and accessories from this underground boutique and feel like the cat's pyjamas.

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Books for Cooks

Books for Cooks

Buy your gifts here and be invited to dinner parties from now to eternity. There's enough kitchen literature here to make your eyeballs' mouths water.

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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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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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Changing rooms at Eastern Market Fabrica

Eastern Market | Fabrica

Eastern Market's amazing city store Fabrica is an industrial sister-store to the renowned Carlton boutique. Featuring imported designer clothing,...

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Pieces of Eight, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Pieces of Eight

Get a piece of contemporary gorgeousness at this urban gallery showcasing artisinal jewellery and objects made by established and emerging artists.

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Little Salon, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Little Salon

Shop for little hand-made accessories, jewellery, artwork, homewares and fashion that's just the right side of adorable. Think brooches and cushions.

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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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The Paperback Bookshop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Paperback Bookshop

Quiet, intriguing and always up late – everything you want in a city bookstore. Pick up Australian fiction, poetry, classics, politics and lots more.

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