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Collins Street in Melbourne CBD

Updated on September 12, 2011
Louis Vuitton store on Collins Street in Melbourne. The amazing contrast between Victorian Era architecture and modern skyscrapers in the background
Louis Vuitton store on Collins Street in Melbourne. The amazing contrast between Victorian Era architecture and modern skyscrapers in the background

Collins Street in Melbourne CBD is the best mix of shopping, hotels, offices, theatres, art and architecture. Find out more about Collins Street in Melbourne CBD and know the best spots to go whether you are a local or a tourist.

Location and vibe of Collins Street

Collins Street is in Melbourne CBD between the two major street Flinders Street and Bourke Street.

Collins Street is a wild and electric mix of varying architecture, shopping, entertainment and much more.

It is about a mile long and each few blocks have a distinct flavor.

Collins Street is also known as Australia's premier street and the Golden Mile.

Collins Street is Melbourne CBD's fashion capital

Besides the fact the eastern end of Collins Street is lined with designer boutiques, cafes and exquisite shops, it has always been a place of glamour. Even in the 1960s and 70s, this side of Collins Street stood out from the rest because of the grand Victorian Era buildings, it's up market status and the European flavor.

Whether you want to shop or not, a visit to the Paris End of Collins Street in Melbourne CBD should be on the cards. Some of the big names at the Paris End are Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Giorgio Armani and the other big names in fashion around the world. You get the picture, don't you?

Personal shopping favorites on Collins Street

It is difficult to pick personal favourites on Collins Street when it comes to shopping because all the shops and boutiques are my favourites. If I must give a tip, I suggest you start your epic shopping at the corner of Collins Street and Spring Street and work your way down towards Exhibition Street, Elizabeth Street and then finally towards Swanston Street in Melbourne CBD.


Eastern end of Collins Street

Collins Street is the financial hub of Melbourne

The part of Collins Street between Elizabeth Street and Kings Street is Melbourne's financial hub. It is home to all the leading banks in Australia including the Reserve Bank of Australia, some of the world's premier investment banks including the doomed Goldman Sachs and many other financial institutions.

Here's a note if you want to rent office space on Collins Street in Melbourne CBD - You'd better have a big fat bank balance!



Collins Street has beautiful architecture

Originally, Collins Street was marred with Victorian Era buildings. Many of these buildings were lost to major renovations on Collins Street back in the 1960s.

There are 3 churches on Collins Street. St Michael's Uniting Church is a prime example of Lombardic Architecture while the Scot's Church Melbourne has a Neo-Gothic architecture style.

Rialto Towers, 120 Collins Street and 101 Collins Street are some of Australia's tallest buildings.

Personal architectural favorites on Collins Street

One of my favorite buildings is 333 Collins Street. Although renovated several times since 1891, 333 Collins Street still has a grand foyer with sky high ceilings which make way to a grand dome. Here's a fantastic tip. If you ever happen to be in Melbourne during Christmas, 333 Collins Street has a large Christmas Tree in the foyer, below the dome. You must see this if you are in Melbourne during Christmas. The Victorian Era charm of this building and the Christmas spirit is a beautiful sight and will leave you humbled.

Another architecturally beautiful building is the ANZ bank on the corner of Collins Street and Queen Street. If you ever happen to step into this bank, you will feel as if you've been transported to the 19th century. The Victorian architecture and the old world charm of this building are simply amazing.



Art and Entertainment on Collins Street

Theatre fans, here's your chance to soak in some top notch theatre productions and live performances on Collins Street. It is home to the Regent Theatre and the Melbourne Athenaeum both of which are renowned and some of Australia's premier theatres.



Lindt Chocolat Cafe on Collins Street in Melbourne CBD right besides Tiffany & Co.
Lindt Chocolat Cafe on Collins Street in Melbourne CBD right besides Tiffany & Co.

What to do after a day on Collins Street

So, you've spent a day shopping on Collins Street, taking pictures of architecturally glamorous buildings and taking in the old world charm this modern street has to offer. What is the perfect finish to this exciting day on Collins Street?

I suggest that you walk down to the Lindt Chocolat Cafe near the corner of Collins Street and Elizabeth Street and buy yourself a nice Lindt hot chocolate. Walk up to the corner of Collins Street and Swanston Street and sit down near the open spaces near the Starbucks Cafe to watch Melbourne at its best in the evening. You will go home with a smile on your face!


A quaint laneway of Collins Street in Melbourne CBD. These little laneways are great places to grab a quick bite or relax over a hot cup of coffee.
A quaint laneway of Collins Street in Melbourne CBD. These little laneways are great places to grab a quick bite or relax over a hot cup of coffee.

The dome at 333 Collins Street

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    • Jaspals profile image

      Jaspal Singh 

      6 years ago from India / Australia

      Very Interesting as well informative. I enjoyed reading it.

    • princesswithapen profile imageAUTHOR

      princesswithapen 

      7 years ago

      Hi Flora

      CBD is the abbreviation for Central Business District. It is the equivalent of downtown in USA or city center in other parts of the world. So if you read Melbourne CBD, it means downtown Melbourne. In Australia and many other countries of the world, the downtown of all cities are referred to as CBD.

      I'm glad you asked!

      P

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image

      FloraBreenRobison 

      7 years ago

      forgive me for asking a silly questions -what do the words CBD mean? Is it a county boundry?

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