Melburnians are blessed with access to some of the most diverse and unique local designs. Focus your next spree on all things made-to-last with these talented makers, designers and small business owners.

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Queen Victoria Women's Centre SHOP!

After opening on International Women's Day in 2020, QVWC! Shop has been a hub for the city's best female and non-binary artists and designers. Love a quirky accessory? Peruse Candy Ng's cute badges and patches, super cool zines and totes from local collective F*EMS, and diorama earrings from Funky Fun You. Or shop with a purpose and buy from social enterprises like Sisterworks and Hey Tiger. It's even located at the site of Victoria's first women's hospital.

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Clementine's

Home to handmade Victorian produce and products, everything in Clementine’s is charmingly local. Owner Melanie Ashe is so Melbourne she lives a mere minute's walk away from her Degraves Street store. Pay her a visit to pick up rooftop honey, street art inspired gifting, fierce fashion and more. Snap a pic with the orange Vespa on your way out to make your visit even more iconic.

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Haus of Dizzy at the Melbourne Museum store

Founded by Indigenous Australian designer Kristy Dickinson, Haus of Dizzy is one of the coolest jewellery brands in town. Think bold, glittery earrings rooted in Indigenous activism and female empowerment. Find her bedazzled wares at the Melbourne Museum store. Photo via Melbourne Museum website.

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Kuwaii

Started over 10 years ago by local designer Kristy Barber, Kuwaii creates timeless designs with a focus on sustainability. That means quality craftsmanship, low volume runs, limited edition prints and trans-seasonal staples. The end of season sale is always a treasure trove of gorgeous pieces, too.

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Collective Closets

Two African-born and Melbourne raised sisters are behind the eclectic Collective Closets. They’ve successfully married Melbourne’s monochrome tones with Nairobi inspired chic. The designs feature tribal prints and earthy colours, African inspired and made in Melbourne. You’ll find your perfect pair of high-waisted, tailored linen pants here. Find their gorgeous space at the Queen Victoria Market.

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Christine on Collins

Christine Barro is one of Melbourne's most iconic retail figures, with a long history of high-end shopping. Once a buyer for Georges department store, she sourced Prada and Fendi for the Australian market in the 1970s. Now, Christine’s self-titled shop is an unmissable Paris end icon. Where else would you find brands started in the 12th century by Dominican monks next to glimmering Lanvin jewellery?

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Lune

The place to go for a pain au chocolat, almond croissant, ham and gruyere, or lemon-curd cruffin

Beatrix

Cafe staples and legendary cakes from a baking master.

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An authentic French pâtisserie serving cakes, pastries and baked treats.

Hemingway's Wine Room

Brasserie and Wine Bar that is inspired by seasonality, with dishes based on European fundamentals

ELK

Original and contemporary fashion, jewellery, bags and footwear.

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Indulge and discover the city's hidden charm with Melbourne's original laneway walking tours.

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A contemporary day-to-night food and wine bar experience with chef Karen Martini at the helm.

Willows & Wine

Wine bar and second-hand book store with cheeseboards

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