Hidden laneway boutiques, grand shopping centres, historic arcades and one-of-a-kind stores. Melbourne is a mecca for Christmas shopping if you know where to look.

Shopping centres

Melbourne Central

The city’s largest shopping centre spans two city blocks and five levels. Find fashion, beauty and entertainment inside, and see the historic Shot Tower.

The Strand

Tucked between Emporium Melbourne and the GPO, The Strand is home to international and Australian designers. 

Emporium Melbourne

This luxury shopping centre has more than 200 stores, providing a fusion of fashion, culture, food and art.

A view of several levels of Emporium Melbourne shopping centre with geometric architecture.
Emporium Melbourne

St Collins Lane 

Find luxury fashion, restaurants and lifestyle stores in this chic space. Don’t miss the green lightscape ceiling on level two. 

The District Docklands

The open-air laneways at The District are packed with dining, specialty stores and unique family-friendly entertainment. 

QV Melbourne 

Wander the laneways of this open-air centre and discover fashion boutiques, bars and cafes, a public square and several large retailers. 

Shoppers in a laneway shopping strip in QV Melbourne.
QV Melbourne

Shopping strips and precincts 

Bourke Street Mall 

This busy pedestrian and tram strip is home to flagship department stores. Look out for buskers and the Myer Christmas windows.

Collins Street

A luxury shopping strip for high-end fashion and jewellery. International designers and heritage buildings line the ‘Paris End’ of Collins Street. 

Queen Victoria Market 

The largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere is home to hundreds of small businesses.

Shoppers outside Queen Victoria Market.
Queen Victoria Market

Laneways and arcades

Royal Arcade

Heritage-listed and filled with boutiques, Royal Arcade is the oldest arcade in Australia. See the giant clock that chimes every hour.

The Block Arcade

A lavish 19th-century shopping arcade featuring boutiques, cafes and an impressive mosaic floor.

A shopping arcade with black and white tiles, shoppers and a witch.
Royal Arcade

Curtin House

Floors four and five of this Art Nouveau building are filled with independent fashion, design and book stores.

Nicholas Building

Known as a ‘vertical laneway’, this heritage building is home to an eclectic selection of small businesses and attractions.

A blurred shopping walking past shops with stained glass arched windows and neon lights.
Nicholas Building

Flinders Lane 

Dotted among the city’s best restaurants you’ll find cool local fashion labels and Instagrammable shops. 

Manchester Lane 

A range of independent designers are tucked into shoebox-sized stores in Manchester Lane, from fashion to footwear.

Degraves Street

Loved equally by tourists and locals alike, this iconic laneway is packed with tiny shops that are quintessentially Melbourne.

More shopping spots

DFO South Wharf

Outlet mall by the waterfront that is home to over 180 retail stores.

Spencer Outlet Centre

Melbourne's only city outlet centre, featuring favourite food, fashion and homeware brands.


Boutique retail space for fashion, accessories, beauty and books.

Crown Melbourne

Luxury riverside complex for dining, shopping and entertainment.


Iconic upmarket department store in a historic building on the Bourke Street Mall.

David Jones

Australia's oldest department store, centrally located in the Bourke Street Mall.


Restaurant and shopping precinct located by the Yarra River in the heart of Southbank.

Collins Place

Collins Place is renowned for combining classic style with contemporary culture.

Centreway Arcade

Historic arcade with boutique stores, connecting Collins Street and Flinders Lane.


Featuring boutiques, specialty stores, services and food halls in one convenient location.

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The Strand

Offers a mix of fashion and lifestyle retailers among the city's most iconic laneways and arcades.

St Collins Lane

Sophisticated retail offering of luxurious fashion brands from around the world.

Midcity Centre

A retail and entertainment shopping strip in the heart of Chinatown.