If you want to go bargain shopping Melbourne is famous for its direct factory outlets and whole streets dedicated to clearance warehouses.
You can pick up daily deals and Melbourne specials, brands and labels at great discounts, for any style and wallet size.
Whether you are after chocolates, clothing, leather goods, accessories, shoes or souvenirs, you do not have to pay full price if you know where to look.
Bridge Road, Richmond has atmosphere and is also a great place for lunch or coffee! You get there on the #48 and #75 trams from Flinders Street.
And mixed in with these are various fashion shops, where you may come across some other bargain. Factory outlets are between Johnston Street and Alexandra Parade. You get there with the #86 tram from the city.
This area has a great mix of ethnic, alternative and arty shops, and you will find wonderful multicultural supermarkets, cafes and pubs. Get there on the #19 tram from the city.
Along Lygon Street, Brunswick is another trendy area with more direct factory outlets of all sorts, fashion, bags, fabrics. You get there with the #1 or #8 trams.
There is a DFO at the new shopping complex in the South Wharf. You can get there from the Exhibition Centre tram stop (tram 96 or 112) and walk through or around the Exhibition Centre, and there is plenty of car parking as well.
Another DFO is in Essendon next to the Tullarmarine Freeway, on the way to the airport, and another one in Moorabin.
Brand Smart Factory Mall is another great factory clearance outlet with over 48 factory discount stores for fashion, accessories, home wares, kids clothing and food stores, including great names such as Jigsaw, Polo Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. It is at 286 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading. It is only a 200m walk up Springvale Road from Nunawading Station.
In the upper end of Northcote, you find discount groceries and electrical stores. Further up in Preston are great places for sports shoes, bedding and furniture.
Preston Markets is also a great place for a discount on just about anything. Similarly, for more cheap shopping Melbourne has many weekly
where you will get great discount clothes, leather and goods. There are the South Melbourne Market, Queen Victoria markets and Prahran markets.
The Melbourne Market and Outlet Mall Shopping Tour, on the other hand, focues on the bargains you can find at Queen Victoria Market, Harbour Town and the DFO. It would be of interest to any newcomer to Melbourne who is after a quick bargain without having to find these places on their own.
With all those options for discount shopping Melbourne, why ever pay full price again?
And here a tip for those who want to get the best daily deals and shopping Melbourne discounts: Each season, the Official Visitor Guide to Melbourne gets published by the tourist office. It is a small booklet with the attractions and events for that season.
In the middle of this, you get a double page of Melbourne coupons, which give you discounts to various tourist attractions, as well as discounts at a variety of shops and restaurants.
You can pick up this guide in the visitors centre and, most of the time, also in the free city circle tram.
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