Melbourne is no stranger to unique boutiques hidden down arcades and laneways. Want to take it to the next level? Check out these ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ secret pop-ups.

Naturestrip

Calling all music nerds: a new record store has set up digs in the iconic Nicholas Building. Wander up to level 8 to flick through vinyl at Naturestrip. Proudly genre-agnostic, the store stocks new and vintage experimental sounds. As well as records you'll find CDs, cassettes and books. A simple space, the timber shelves on the wall let those colourful album covers shine.

A woman is browsing records in a record store
Naturestrip

Melbourne Visitor Hub

Not only can they help you plan an epic day in Melbourne, the team at the Melbourne Visitor Hub can also help you pick out the perfect locally sourced gift. The hub’s new retail selection features gorgeous products from Victorian makers, designers and artists.

KICKSTW Level 1 pop-up

The streetwear legends at KICKSTW in Royal Arcade have just expanded their digs to a second storey. Head to level one to browse fashion from Korea's coolest designers. Find cult-status threads from the likes of Mardi Mercredi, LifeWork, EMIS and more. Joining the famous sneaker wall is the rainbow-bright cap wall of our dreams.

A woman is playing with a UFO game in a shop
KICKSTW

Karlaidlaw

Love Y2K vibes? New kid on the fashion block is Karlaidlaw at 500 Queensberry Street in North Melbourne. This unique streetwear brand is designed locally. Think deconstructed denim mini skirts, big slouchy bags with giant buckles and pink velour tracksuits. The best part? each piece is ethically-made right here in Melbourne.

Metropolis

If you’re looking for creative inspiration, Metropolis Books is for you. Tucked away upstairs in Curtin House is this shop packed with shelves of hard-to-find books. Culture vultures will love the selection of specialist books on art, graphic design, music, film and architecture. Looking for a rare read? The crew has access to a huge database of books from across the globe.

A woman is in a bookshop browsing books
Metropolis

String Bean Alley

Look past the hustle and bustle of Queen Victoria Market and you'll find String Bean Alley – a little pocket of shops offering all sorts of goodies. The Purpose Precinct stocks products from over 20 social enterprises. You'll find thoughtful buys from brands like Sisterworks, Clothing the Gaps, Sun Butter Skincare and more. Continue along the alley and pick up a book or two at Mary Martin bookstore. Check out vintage cameras and postcards at Retro Mamma. Or swing by Mr. B Handicraftsman for quality handbags and wallets. They even have free embossing!

Tessuti Fabrics

Tucked away above Flinders Lane is a secret haven for fabric lovers. Look for the little black Tessuti Fabrics sign, then climb the stairs to explore a textile wonderland. Expect rows upon rows of luxe linens in seasonal colours. Stunning silk, lace and beaded bridal fabrics. Italian boiled wools, designer fabrics and more. Get inspired by the Tessuti patterns sewn up in beautiful fabrics, then recreate the look at home.

Someone browsing rolls of colourful fabrics in a store.
Tessuti Fabrics

Ngali

Celebrating indigenous talent. Mindful manufacturing. Style that lasts. This is the ethos behind First Nations fashion label, Ngali. Using Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork, stories are transformed into wearable art. Visit the Docklands store to browse the timeless collections. Find silk kaftans, cosy quilted coats and incredible printed scarves.

MR. CUFF

Want to dress to impress and level-up your wardrobe? Enter MR. CUFF, a bespoke menswear brand offering tailored looks. Think custom pants, ready-to-wear shirts and head-to-toe looks made just for you. Plus the newest drop – Adidas' on-trend Samba sneakers. Swing by the pop-up on Howey Place after work and let the magic happen.

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Spieledeluxe

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Euro-style board games, card games, hobby products and traditional games.

World Food Books

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A bookshop specialising in art and design books.

Sarah & Sebastian

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Fine jewellery store and luxury piercing by an Australian jewellery designer.

The Hat Project

The Hat Project

Located at Queen Victoria Market and stocking arange of hats for men and women.

Mouche

Mouche

Costume jewellery boutique with all products imported from Korea.

Pigeonhole

Pigeonhole

Eclectic range of designer giftware from around the world.

ELK

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A collection of accessories and apparel in Carlton.

Brickville

Brickville

Specialising in rare, retired and hard-to-find Lego sets and minifigures.

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