Love keeping a virtual account of your shopping experience? Here’s some of the best looking shops in Melbourne, guaranteed to light up your Instagram feed.

While some retailers have opened already, and more can reopen from 29 October, be sure to check in with individual businesses before planning a visit.

Pollon Flowers

Pollon Flowers is one of Melbourne’s most beautiful shops. Blessed with a photogenic location behind St Paul’s Cathedral, it’s a destination for locals and travellers alike. The ever-changing window displays are always gorgeously creative, and it’s just as pretty inside.

The outside of a florist
Pollon's window display

Il Papiro

A slice of Italian paradise awaits inside this Degraves Street stationery store. Everything is old-school in the best way here, from traditional calligraphy sets to venetian glass pens, marbled paper and monogrammed wax seals. Book lovers and organisation nerds will love the endless range of soft leather journals - with matching pens, no less.

acme de la vie

Korean streetwear fiends have been all over ADLV for years. Now you can find their current season looks in one stunning city location. Follow the glowing neon sign inside, where a towering metal sculpture is surrounded by the latest cartoon-print lounge sets. Peruse collabs with Sesame Street, Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and Apeach. Or opt for bold summer sets emblazoned with Bart Simpson.

A woman walking through a luxury store
acme de la vie

Cathedral Arcade

Famous for its stunning stained-glass ceiling, Cathedral Arcade is a hidden gem. Built in 1926, the Arcade’s ground floor shop-fronts are remarkably preserved in their original state. Discover offerings from Melbourne designers Kuwaii (back open from 10am 30 October!) and unique retro wares from Vintage Sole. The arcade is also the gateway to the nine-storey vertical village of the Nicholas Building.

Golden Goose

Golden Goose’s new Melbourne digs at 80 Collins are as eye-catching as the cult Italian sneakers on sale. A gold metal staircase leads to glowing white walls lined with backlit shelves. The flagship store’s industrial edge complements Lab GGDB’s range of handmade distressed sneakers. Speak to the sneaker creator to customise your new pair of star-detailed shoes.

A girl inside a shoe store that has been designed to look like a laundromat
Golden Goose

Lucy Folk

A tiny hole in the wall in picturesque Crossley Street, Lucy Folk is marked by a neon red pretzel against a pale blue door frame. Inside, custom-made white, gold and silver plates casually conceal the dilapidated, chipped brick walls. It’s a unique, smart design for the space, which is home to Folk’s jewellery collection.

Essensorie

Instant calm is the vibe when you walk into Essensorie. Natural scents are softly diffused around immaculately organised shelves, packed with handmade products perfect for Christmas gifting. Or treat yourself to a scented escape - we suggest the pillow perfume. Its notes of lavender, cedarwood and zingy pink grapefruit inspire snoozy sighs of delight.

The inside of a perfume shop
Essensorie

Alpha60

It’s not every day you find a store next to a cathedral. Soaring ceilings, stained-glass windows and a baby grand piano are some of the casual touches at Alpha60’s noted Chapter House store. Head up the stairs from their Flinders Lane store to be wowed.

Corky Saint Clair

Venture into the art deco Century Building to find some of the city's best locally made jewellery. Corky Saint Clair houses the creations of  Christopher Bril and that of other Melbourne jewellery makers. The unique, quirky and beautiful pieces are displayed in the tiny boutique’s elegant cabinets.

A jewellery shop with hanging plants around it
Corky's plant-lined accessory paradise

dot Comme

Travel up the stairs at Curtin House and find your cardio reward in the form of dot COMME. Curated by an obsessive collector and fashion fanatic, this striking store has some of the best in archival Japanese design. The shop itself is a piece of art, with interiors by Sibling Architecture and glossy furniture from design pioneer Gaetano Pesce.

The Tintin Shop

Who knew Melbourne had a shop dedicated to Tintin? Well, now you do. This spot nearby the Queen Victoria Market is cute as a button and Tintin terrific. Brightly coloured Tintin totes, mugs, statues, books, artworks and all manner of sweet merch deck the walls. A delight for kids young and old.

A toy shop with figurines in a box
The Tintin Shop

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