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Metropolitan Melbourne Shopping Precincts - for Australian fashion, style and bargains

Updated on July 10, 2011

Melbourne, the fashion capital of Australia, is well-known for her streets of shops, parading the varied boutiques of up and coming Australian designers.

There are lots to see and buy in the many shopping precincts scattered all over metropolitan Melbourne. This hub is for those who have their eye on clothing and style, the following information is my TOP 4 shopping precincts in metro Melbourne, favourites I go to when I need a variety and a good selection.

You can find out more about the shopping precincts in the CBD from reading my other hub, while this piece concentrates solely on the shopping fun in the metropolitan stretch.


Shopping in Bridge Road
Shopping in Bridge Road | Source

Bridge Road, Richmond

Some of the best designer factory outlets and shops selling seconds are situated along this stretch of road. On the north end of the road. you will discover an exciting range of well-designed couture by enterprising independent Australian fashion designers. Majority of the times, whether you intend for it to be so, you will come across bargains and great buys that is associated with the shopping on this street.

Here you can find a variety of men's formal and casual clothing, female's casual, officewear and After 5 fashion (my favourite being Garfunkle). However, I do not recall there being many clothing shops catering for kids or teens. Some of the best shoes shops in Melbourne are also located on this street, where you can pick up bargains on quality shoes for half the price! My husband's favourite shoe shop, Zu, stocks only the best in style and price.

The restaurants of different cuisines are represented here while cafes are strewn alongside the street for weary but satisfied shoppers to rest and stop for a bite.


Smith Street, one of Melbourne's oldest shopping strips
Smith Street, one of Melbourne's oldest shopping strips | Source

Smith Street, Collingwood

Pick up a couture design from small local boutiques parading the inspiration of young Australian designers. That aside, this street is also known for its eclectic and quirky row of shops, with a bohemian mix of bookstores, coffee shops, bars, restaurants and cafes.

Smith Street in Collingwood is famous for its colourful atmosphere and its history of officially being the first ever suburban shopping street of Melbourne, dating back to the early 1830s . It is a melting pot of culture, this is the place where people come to see and to be seen.

The offerings on this street is varied and affordable, a place I come to for strong coffee, inspiration and relaxation, and of course, retail therapy without having to digg too deep into my purse.


Shops in Chapel St
Shops in Chapel St | Source

Chapel Street, South Yarra

If there is one thing that Chapel Street is known for, it is, without a doubt, style. This is the shopping strip where the top tennis players in the world go to to shop in January during Melbourne's Summer of Tennis during the Australian Open and is much in favour with celebrities and super models alike.The street is caters for walkers, so be prepared to be comfortable and enjoy your boutique shopping experience in this entertainment and top fashion spot of Melbourne. You will find bars, cafes, restaurants, live music on this lifestyle strip.

The retail stores in this Chapel St Shopping Precinct are open during the following times: Monday to Thursday 10am to 6.00pm, Friday 10am to 8.30pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 11am to 5.30pm.



Chadstone Shopping Centre

There are many shopping centers in Melbourne but none comes close in comparison to Chadstone Shopping Centre. Be prepared to be impressed with the size of the place, now officially the biggest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 500 retail stores offerings a varied range of goods to branded items.

Chadstone house more than 50 Australian fashion designer labels and 12 of the world's big names in the fashion world. Melbourne's iconic departmental store Myer is situated inside this shopping centre as well. Other departmental store foundin here are David Jones, K-Mart and Target, with 16 cinema entertainment complex for entertainment for the family.

If you do not live in Melbourne and live some 50km away from the Centre, are from interstate or perhaps are an overseas visitor, Chadstone offers you discounts of up to 30% specailly from their 200 of their selected stores.You have to collect your Visitor Passport fromt the Information Desks, but do not forget to have proof of your identification, eg. a passport or driver's license from another country to qualify for this amazing up to 30% discount.

Shopping hours are:

Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5.30pm Thursday and Friday 9am to 9pm Saturday 9am to 6pm Sunday 10am to 5pm.



The shopping experience

While I have listed only 4 Metropolitan Melbourne Shopping Precincts to date, Melbourne as a city has so much more to offer the discerning shopper. Almost every suburb has a history of their own unique shopping strip or centre to be discovered and experienced.



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      lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore

      Lovely.....This will be useful when I visit Melbourne next year =)

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      May PL 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Thanks crystolite, Melbourne is an attractive city, so posting attractive images of the place was nott too difficult to do...

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice hub with colorful and attractive pics that is well shared.

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      May PL 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Thanks onenewbrazil for stopping by. I do plan to write more on the various aspects on Melbourne. And I sure will go visit your hubs right after posting this!

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      onenewbrazil 6 years ago from Edmond, OK

      Excellent information, I hope you write more on this subject. I invite you to evaluate my hubs. Have a great day.