Find out what to do in Melbourne here! Don't miss out on Australia's coffee capital, Melbourne - a city of culture, art and great food with unique and memorable things to do for visitors and locals alike. Venture outside your Melbourne hotel whether it's sunny or a rainy day - or even on Australia Day for an experience you will never forget around Victoria's capital.
The city is alive with fantastic restaurants, quirky cafes and charming little side streets in the CBD that will keep you busy exploring for days or take a Melbourne tour with a local if your time is short!. For the cultural minded you are in for a treat when looking for what to do in Melbourne with award winning theatre productions, shows and festivals, and be sure to take time to discover the great shopping destinations and markets.
Animal lovers will feel right at home at Melbourne zoo and be in for a treat watching the fairy penguins race up the beach at Phillip Island. Venture away from the city to find world-class vineyards at Yarra Valley and breathtaking scenery along the Great Ocean Road with the twelve apostles. Tour the major sporting venues, dive with sharks at Melbourne Aquarium, see unusual sea life on kayak, Scuba and snorkelling adventures, and take an extreme view of Melbourne from the Eureka Skydeck. Also, don't forget to check out all the great things to do in our other major regions such as Brisbane, Sydney, the Gold Coast attractions, and much more! In addition, for an overview of things to do in Victoria or an itinerary for Melbourne sightseeing, be sure to visit our Melbourne city guide pages.
Shopping in Melbourne
Shopping in Melbourne is truly a pleasure. You will find an array of local designers, all the major international brands, department stores and shopping centres. Melbourne is also famous for its shopping streets and arcades, some which are known to only those who know where to find them. Stroll through the many shopping precincts that Melbourne boasts of to bask in some good quality retail therapy.
Shopping Hot Spots
Bourke Street Mall
This is the best place to start your shopping adventure. Filed with a variety of shops and treasures this is considered the heart of Melbourne's retail therapy. Accessible only by tram or on foot, this shopping haven is located between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets.
Discover cutting edge fashion, specialty stores and numerous cafes and restaurants in this partially hidden laneway. Located between Collins and Elizabeth Streets, walk under the spectacular entrance canopies and come across a fusion of old world charm and modern comforts. 280-286 Collins Street Melbourne (03 9654 5244)
Bridge Road, Richmond
If you are looking to find designers clothes and accessories as well as a variety of fashion outlets and shops offering for 1/3 of the usual price then Bridge Road is the road for you. Flanked by factory outlets, discount stores and cafes and restaurants, this is one road you will never tire of walking up and down.Bridge Road, Richmond (easily accessible by tram from the city)
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
With over a hundred shops, specialty stores, fashion outlets and some trendy cafes and restaurants, you will be spoilt for choice.
This street is famous for its versatile shopping experience and is known to be Melbourne's premier retail fashion district. You will find the height of fashion and style here as well as some ritzy cafes and restaurants. Chapel Street, Phrahran (03 9529 6331)
Located above the Melbourne Central train station, you will find over 300 shops with a huge range of designer labels and cutting edge fashions. There are also a number of specialty stores and a heritage listed shot tower, which stands as the only tribute to the buildings origins as a Lead Pipe and Shot Factory. Lonsdale and La Trobe Streets, Melbourne (03 9922 1100)
Browse through local designers as well as the many arts, crafts and bookshops you will find here.
Once an old post office, this renovated building still holds its old world charms and houses a number of designer and high-end boutiques. A definite must-visit place, even if it's just for window-shopping. 350 Bourke Street (03) 9663 0066
This street is considered to be Australia's version of Rodeo Drive. Located in one of the most affluent suburbs in Melbourne you will find a variety of local and internationally famous designer brands and high-end fashion outlets. Toorak Road, South Yarra
Chadstone Shopping Centre
One of the largest shopping malls in Melbourne, with over 400 shops. 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone (03 5633 3355)
Direct Factory Outlets (DFO)
There are three outlets in Melbourne with the newest one located next to Southern Cross Station. A great place if you are looking for quality with a bargain.
100 Bulla Road, Strathmore (next to Essendon Airport)(03 9937 722)
- Corner Grange Road and Centre Dandenong Road, Cheltenham (next to Moorabbin airport) (03 9583 0344)
Level 1, 201 Spencer Street, Melbourne (03 8689 7555)
Fountain gate Westfield
A large mall with a number of fashion and specialty shops. 352 Princess Highway, Fountaingate (03 9704 6666)
Markets in Melbourne
- Queen Victoria Market
The Queen of all markets in Melbourne, this is an experience not be missed. You will discover a veritable melting pot of different culture and ethnicities, which give way to countless stalls filled with interesting foods, drinks, clothes, accessories and a number of other treasures waiting to be discovered.
Corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets.
Tuesday and Thursday (6am-2pm), Friday (6am-4pm), Saturday (6am-3pm), Sunday (9am-4pm).
- Prahran Market
Known to have some of the best delis in Melbourne, this market is also the oldest running market in Australia. Browse through the market while enjoying the live entertainments and the delicious smells of local food wafting through the air.
163-185 Commercial Road, South Yarra (off Chapel Street).
Tuesday and Saturday (6am- 5pm), Thursday and Friday (6am-6pm), Sunday (10am-3pm)
- Rose Street Artists Market
Explore this market and meet some of the artists that are displaying their own handmade arts and crafts. Due to the lack of gallery fees, these artists are able to charge a much more competitive price for their work so you are bound to discover a few items or pieces that you will fall in love with and can afford for a reasonable price.
60 Rose Street, Fitzroy (03) 9419 5529.
Saturday and Sunday (11am-5pm)