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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

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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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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Kuwaii, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Kuwaii

Wander into Kuwaii's light, open shopfront to chat with Brunswick based designer Kristy Barber, and drape yourself in graceful, feminine clothing.

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Pickings and Parry, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Pickings and Parry

Hit Pickings and Parry for the very best in vintage/traditional working mens' attire and book your place on the original barber's chairs out back.

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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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Pukara Olive Oil

Pukara Estate

Pukara Estate, based in the Upper Hunter Valley, New South Wales, is a well-known brand within the Olive Oil industry priding itself on the...

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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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The Meat Hall (pictured) is the oldest building on the Market site - built in 1869 - preceding hte official opening of the Queen Victoria Market by 9 years!

Queen Victoria Market

Shop 'til you drop at this celebrated market to see buskers, find souvenirs and to marvel at the fresh produce and the treats in the Dairy Hall.

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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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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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Licorice Pie Records, Prahran, Victoria, Australia

Licorice Pie Records

Packed to the walls with new and vintage vinyl, Licorice Pie's specialty is rare and classic releases from the past 60 years. Pop in and dig around.

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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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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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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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Alphaville, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Alphaville

Get your Jean-Luc Godard on with Alpha60, Australia's most consistent range of smart-looking clothes for smart-looking people. Be the alpha of the pack.

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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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ML Vintage, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

ML Vintage

Find vintage fashion treasure at this appointment-only boutique filled with garments and accessories from legendary names such as Versace and Missoni.

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Basement Discs, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Basement Discs

Head downstairs to find that elusive reissue, the latest independent releases, or just browse their amazing collection of country, blues, soul, jazz and folk.

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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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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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