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Melbourne City Shopping Mall Precincts in CBD area - an Australian insider travel guide

Updated on November 17, 2011

For the traveller or visitor to Melbourne looking to shop or find bargains to take home as souvenirs of Australia, there are a number of shopping precincts you can go to.

Melbourne is well known for her shopping streets as well as her shopping centres, scattered across metropolitan Melbourne.This hub focuses on the precincts around the CBD while if you will click here, you will find another hub written on the shopping precincts around metropolitan Melbourne.

The general shopping times in Melbourne are Monday to Wednesday 9:00am to 5:00pm, Thursday and Friday 9:00am to 9:00pm. Majority of the shops trade on Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm and on Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm. Victoria Market has its own shopping times which will be listed below.


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Swanston Street Melbourne
Swanston Street Melbourne | Source
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Australian Black Opals | Source

Swanston Street Melbourne

If where you are staying while on holiday is in the city, shopping in Melbourne CBD will be a piece of cake as you will have a number of precincts to choose from.

Starting with Swanston Street which is situated right in the centre of the CBD and is the main thoroughfare in the city, there are duty free shops aplenty in Melbourne to roam into. If you are particularly looking for Opals from Australia, look no further as Swanston Street has duty free shops specialising in Opals, for example the Shoppers Paradise The Opal Mine and Abbess Opal Mine.

You will also discover many shops stocking up with souvenirs for the tourist. Shops like Souvenirs on Swanston and Shoppers Paradise stock everything you would want in terms of souvenirs to lug home. From caps to tea towels, from postcards to calendars, you will find them all on this street.

And for the weary or hungry shoppers, do stop by one of the many restaurants available on this street for some food and rest. What is on the menu will serve to show the varied nationalities already living in the country and the promise of and exciting future together.

Swanston Street, historically is one of the main streets of the city, is aso known for its many Melbourne accommodations, like The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure. Some others like Arrow on Swanston and Rydges On Swanston Hotel Melbourne are situated further along Swanston Street in Carlton. If you are wondering where to stay in Melbourne that is even easier on the pocket, give City Square Motel a try. These hotels are on Swanston Street and only within walking distance to another popular shopping precinct in Melbourne - the Melbourne Central Shopping Centre.


Melbourne Central
Melbourne Central | Source

Melbourne Central Shopping Centre

Melbourne Central has approximately 400 stores, spans over two city blocks and offers a shopping experience not to be forgotten. This regional shopping centre is strategically positioned between Lonsdale and LaTrobe Streets, and Swanston and Elizabeth streets. Melbourne Central has a wide range of eateries in two food courts, one on the lower ground level, which is the level to the train station. You will find outlets like KFC and Subway on this level while the other food court is situated on the next level, Level 2.

If you are looking to catch up on a movie, there is a Hoyts Cinema complex on the upper level. For a cheap movie and meal night out, there is Grill'd where if you purchase any of their healthy and tasty burgers which are priced between $10 to $13, you get to buy a movie ticket for $10, instead of the regular $17 at the cinema (with no meal!). Other entertainments such as spin bowling, nightclubs and bars are found on these levels as well.

Melbourne Central also has a secondary and tertiary student club whereby with the Student Card, the student can enjoy the various savings on offer by particitpating Melbourne Central stores!

Melbourne Central is connected to the Bourke Street Mall stores via a glass footbridge across Lonsdale Street to Myer which also connects up to David Jones over the Bourke Street Mall. This is serious distance of shopping as it spans over five blocks of the city!

Regular trading hours are: Monday to Thursday 10.00am - 6.00pm, Friday 10.00am - 9.00pm, Saturday 10.00am - 6.00pm, Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm.


Bourke Street Mall CBD

The ever popular Myer (Australia's largest departmental store chain) and David Jones (Australia's oldest departmental store, circa 1838) stores are located on this main pedestrian mall and arguably, offer the best shopping in Melbourne. Bourke Street Mall CBD is a major tourist attraction for many years. While you will find anything from sports goods, to kitchenware in these stores, the highlight to this place can be found in the numerous buskers outside the main doors, either singing South American Latin songs to aspiring actors showing off their passion and talent. Do allow a whole day exploring this precinct, there is much to see and lots to buy!

The historic Melbourne General Post Office (GPO) which is situated beside Myer on the corner of Bourke and Elizabeth Street has been seriously renovated into a sophisticated fashion and fine shopping precinct. Go there and be impressed with the 50 stores spread across three floors of the biggest names in Australian fashion as well as international designer fashion houses for a total retail therapy.

Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne
Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne | Source


Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market is very well known to tourists as the place to go to for best souvenir shopping in Melbourne. The market definitely lives up to her reputation - if you are looking to furnish your home with memories of Melbourne, this is the place to go. Souvenirs come in all shapes and sizes.

There are beautiful paintings created by aboriginals at affordable prices - you can pick up an original for anywhere from $10 upwards, a real bargain indeed! Souvenirs of real boomerangs as small as 15cm are priced around $7 and one as large as 30cm could cost you in the vicinity of $15.00, a fantastic gift by anyone's measure.

My favourite, without a doubt, is the Australian made Ugg boots, worn either indoors or outdoors especially during winter and made of leather. An adult's pair is approximately $60.00, but can go up to $200 depending on the design and make. At random times, you might come across ugg boots clearance sales held by various stalls, you might even pick up these fabulous boots for half the price! My husband purchased 3 pairs for his nieces in the US for Christmas who totally loved the various boots.

Trading hours are: Tuesday, Thursday 6:00am to 2:00pm, Friday 6:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 6:00am to 3:00pm and Sunday 9:00am to 4:00pm

Australian Ugg Boots
Australian Ugg Boots | Source
Aboriginal Art
Aboriginal Art | Source
Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market | Source

Queen Victoria Market Video


Come visit Melbourne Australia.

If you already are or planning to travel to Melbourne, do read my other hubs for more information as to where to go, what to do and where you can find accommodation.

How do you get to Melbourne?

If you are living in another country, there is no other way to get to Australia but to come via the many airlines that fly here. There are direct flights to Melbourne or you can stop over at other cities before dropping in. The other alternative is if you are already in Sydney, you can get to Melbourne by car (the drive is approximately 9.5 hours) or by rail.

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    • May PL profile imageAUTHOR

      May PL 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Hey Sandra, glad I could be of some help! Hope you have a nice day shopping!

    • May PL profile imageAUTHOR

      May PL 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I am about to go to Malaysia for a holiday shortly and need to bring along with me some souvenirs of Australia. For choice, price and variety, I definitely will want to shop at Queen Victoria Market or Swanston Street.

    • simeonvisser profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm starting to miss Melbourne already! You've mentioned some of the finest places in Melbourne to shop. In particular at the Queen Victoria Market you can find a lot of nice souvenirs and gifts for a decent price.

    • May PL profile imageAUTHOR

      May PL 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Hey Sue, Melbourne has so much to offer in so many ways. It is a great city to live in and definitely an exciting place to visit. And of course, there's the shopping!! Thanks for stopping by.

    • Suzanne Day profile image

      Suzanne Day 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Hi May, such a cool shopping hub and full of all the things Melburnians buy! Looks like you have learnt lots and wish you all the best with your great writing!


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