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.
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.
Underneath the mesmerising green glass ceiling at St Collins Lane is a secret streetwear delight. Dough specialises in meticulously organised, high-end items. We're talking everything from rubbery Yeezy slides and thousand-dollar Adidas collabs to classic Nikes and KAWS sculptures. The price range might not be for your every day shop, but the mirrored walls and spaceship-style aesthetic is worth a look for a selfie or two.
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 and unique retro wares from Vintage Sole. The arcade is also the gateway to the nine-storey vertical village of the Nicholas Building.
The Harry Potter Shop
Myer’s Harry Potter pop-up store is the only destination in Australia where you can snap a selfie holding onto the trolley at Platform 9¾. There are also plenty of other Insta-worthy moments – like the iconic flying car. The store stocks all the official merchandise, including costumes, books and an extensive collection of character toys.
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.
Located in a stunning heritage-listed building, British designer Paul Smith flagship shop is well worth a visit. The asymmetrical wall of frameworks leading up to the women’s section is ridiculously easy on the (camera) eye.
Captains of Industry
A walk-in-café, tailor and suit store rolled into one clean venue, Captains of Industry may have earned the right to their name. Suits are all made-to-measure, with fabrics from Italy or England’s Holland and Sherry. Find them in Somerset Place.
Corky Saint Clair
Hidden away in the art deco Century Building is some of the city’s best locally made jewellery and unique pieces. 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 among antique items.
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 store itself is a piece of art, with interiors by Sibling Architecture and glossy furniture from design pioneer Gaetano Pesce.
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.
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.
More stunning shops to explore
Queen Victoria Women's Centre SHOP!
A feminist makers’ store, located in Melbourne’s QV shopping precinct.
The Paperback Bookshop
An independent bookshop that has been at the top end of Bourke Street since the 1960s.
The Basement Discs
Offering Australian music lovers an eclectic mix of new CDs, DVDs and vinyl from around the world.
Last updated on Tue 16 Mar 2021
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