There’s lots of shopping to be done!
Queen Victoria Markets – also known as Queen Vic, or the Vic Markets, you will not want to leave this place. It’s actually an extremely dangerous place for your wallet (especially since some stalls accept credit cards)! You will leave, thinking to yourself, ‘What did I just buy? Did I really just spend all that money? What did I spend all that money on? How did that informercial guy just convince me to buy two cabbage shredders?’ Then the next thought you will have is, ‘Damn. Should I have bought more things?’ And the answer is yes. Yes, you should have. Forget about overpriced souvenirs in the city center. This place will have what you want for probably half the price. They’ve got gifts, clothing, jewelry, paintings, fresh produce, flowers, fish, meat, and even live chickens. Queen Vic is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays. On the other five days, they’re open during different hours so you might want to check their schedule here.
Bourke Street Mall – is the main shopping area in the CBD. You’ll find two major department stores – David Jones, and Myer. This area is only open to pedestrians and trams. Because of this, it’s a popular spot for buskers to set up shop. Check out this group of boys covering Nirvana’s, ‘Come As You Are’, right outside the GPO!
Royal Arcade – located within the Bourke Street Mall, you’ll find a lot of specialty shops here.
Block Arcade – similar to the Royal Arcade. This was modeled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan.
Flinder’s Lane – less for shopping, better known for restaurants around this area.
The Emporium – shopping mall that opened in 2014. They have everything from huge designers to small boutiques. There’s also a food court, and a few cafes.