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Melbourne Shopping
Melbourne Shopping Guide - TravelPuppy.com
Residents of Melbourne take their shopping seriously, this is reflected in the number of shopping arcades and markets that are scattered throughout the city.

A few of the arcades are architectural masterpieces in their own right. Melbourne Central, Lonsdale Street, has a magnificent glass cone covering the well known Shot Tower, the only feature remaining from the Lead Pipe & Shot Factory. There are over 200 shops, including several Australian designer outlets and the Daimaru international department store.

The Block Arcade, Collins Street, Melbourne’s main shopping street, is an impressive Victorian building. This is reflected in the shops that sell elegant leatherwear, couture and glassware.

Nearby is the Royal Arcade, which includes antique and gift shops. Linked by a footbridge to Melbourne Central, Myer is a city institution established over 80 years ago and the largest single department store in Australia.

Next door is David Jones, a department store famous for its tempting food hall. Many of the department stores stock typically Australian products and the best goods to look out for are woollen garments, handcrafted jewellery (particularly opals), bush gear, woodwork design and ceramics.

The exclusive shops along Toorak Road present the latest designer labels, while young, independent designers have outlets on Chapel Street. Crown Entertainment Complex houses designer boutiques including Versace, Armani and Tiffany & Co.

Shoppers with more bohemian tastes will find Brunswick Street in Fitzroy a genuine Aladdin’s cave of clothing shops and gift and book stores. The cake shops of St Kilda, a traditional German Jewish area, are marvels to behold. The bayside suburb also features bookshops and trendy cafés.

Melbourne has numerous markets located throughout the city, although the most outstanding is the Queen Victoria Market, on Victoria Street. This market was traditionally a place to buy foodstuffs but it is now potential to buy almost anything in the various halls and quaint shops.

The market is open Tuesday and Thursday 6.00 am to 2.00 pm, Friday 6.00 am to 6.00 pm, Saturday 6.00 am to 3.00 pm and Sunday 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Standard shop opening hours are 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Saturday with late night opening on Fridays and, in many cases, Thursdays until 9.00 pm.

Many major department stores and shopping centres are also open on Sundays and a few supermarkets now open 24 hours daily. On July 1 2000, Australia’s 10 % Goods and Services Tax came into force, with a resulting overnight increase in prices, price tags almost always include the Goods and Services Tax.

There are many duty free shops in the city centre, as well as at the airport. To attain a refund, shoppers must show their passport and onward ticket upon collection of goods.