High end fashion shops in Melbourne are numerous. Melbourne is the place to shop in the southern hemisphere.
It is also the chosen base for many
Melbourne fashion designers
that have set up shop or a studio in Melbourne.
If you are after high-end jewellery, fashion, shoes or luxury goods from flagship stores, including Chanel, Tiffany and Co. and Louis Vuitton, this is where to go.
Collins Street is lined with heritage buildings and was built on the riches of the Victorian gold rush. This is evident in the striking architecture along its entire length, ranging from historic Gothic to Art Deco.
A little further down Collins Street, just across Swanston Street, you will find the stylish shopping centres of Australia on Collins, Collins two3four, and Collins Place, all with a multitude of fashion, home ware and gift stores.
Built in 1891, it takes you back to the money, style and abundance of the gold rush heydays. The Block arcade got its name from the tradition of doing the block and parading ones fashion around this most fashionable Melbourne block.
Off Little Collins Street, between Swanston and Elizabeth Street, is Howey Place, a covered lane, flanked with small designer fashion shops.
On the other side of Little Collins Street is the Royal Arcade with lots of small shops and boutiques. It is even older than the Block Arcade. Built in 1869, it connects Little Collins and Elizabeth Streets with the Bourke Street Mall.
This distinctive Victorian Arcade, with its high glass roof and windowed stores, is not as lavish as the Block, but worth the experience. It displays the statues of the mythical figures Gog and Magog and a charming clock that chimes on the hour.
The Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex at Southbank houses also a range of high end shops and boutiques, as well as many bars, restaurants and the casino, along the picturesque Yarra bank. It is a bit more geared towards tourists.
Southeast of the city, there is Chapel Street, Prahran, where you will find some of the best fashion shops in Melbourne. It has sophistication and style with many popular brand stores as well as designer labels, fashion boutiques and chic cafes. Katie Holmes apparently went shopping there and it is a place to be seen. It is also a great place to enjoy stylish wining and dining.
And at last, there is the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere, the Chadstone Shopping centre. It is divided into two sections, one of them exuding fashion, class and style. Here you will find any label, from fashion to interior decor. The advantage is that you do not have to walk far between them, but it is really not so obviously Melbourne either.
And, twice a year, there is a Melbourne Fashion Week, where you can eye the latest and get new fashion ideas and inspirations.
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