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Suburban Melbourne Shopping Strips

26 Nov 2018

Look a little further into the suburbs and you’ll soon discover the quaint shops and boutiques that keep Melbourne’s distinguished and historic shopping culture alive.

Rathdowne Street, North Carlton

Distance from Melbourne CBD: 16 minutes via Rathdowne Street, 20 minutes via 250/251 Bus Route

In amongst the Victorian and Federation-era buildings and tree-lined streets lies Rathdowne Street, a calm oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of inner-suburban Melbourne. For a girl’s day out, it’s the perfect place to explore at a relaxed pace.

Katie Hosking is a Victorian designer based on Phillip Island, and her only mainland store is at 633a Rathdowne Street, next to Belki gift store (631 Rathdowne Street) and Alice’s Bookshop (629 Rathdowne Street). On the opposite side of the street you’ll find all the luxury skin care products you could wish for at The Lab Organics (360 Rathdowne Street), and for a sweet treat at almost any time of day, Depot de Pain (693 Rathdowne Street) is as good a place as any.

Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds

Distance from Melbourne CBD: 20 minutes via Flemington Road, 18 minutes via Craigieburn Train Line

Puckle Street, and its surrounding streets such as Hall and Everage Streets, offer modern and boutique stores that truly bring the suburb of Moonee Ponds, in Melbourne’s inner west, to life. Once an area of town only known by the locals, the Puckle Street Precinct now beckons visitors with its award winning cafes and a plethora of stores.

For great fashion, try A + B Women’s Fashion (23 Pratt Street) and Tabitha’s Closet (72-80 Puckle Street). D’artagnan Exquisite Furniture (106 Puckle Street) is a go-to for beautiful furnishings and if you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Nabiha (10 Hall Street) for fantastic coffee and excellent service or take a stroll to the famous Ascot Food Store (320 Ascot Vale Road) for a soft shell crab burger and inject-your-own donut.

Bay Street, Brighton

Distance from Melbourne CBD: 25 minutes via Beaconsfield Parade, 21 minutes via Sandringham Train Line

Turn off Nepean Highway and be immersed in the luxurious surrounds of Bay Street, Brighton. Running from the Highway all the way to the beach, the area around North Brighton Train Station is ground zero for great shopping, dining and a classy atmosphere.

For beautiful flower arrangements and small homewares you can’t go past Pash (403 Bay Street), and for a special treat for yourself, Betty McDowell (331 Bay Street) stocks a wide range of fine lingerie catering for all women. For something completely different, Brighton Antique Prints and Maps (388 Bay Street) are specialists in 15th to 19th century maps, prints and manuscripts, and when all the shopping’s done, you could do worse than recline in one of the Palace Brighton Bay’s luxurious cinemas.

Chapel Street, South Yarra

Distance from Melbourne CBD: 24 minutes via Tram Route 5 or 64 from Federation Square

Take advantage of Melbourne's public transport system and head out of the city centre towards fashionable Chapel Street, South Yarra. Renowned as one of Melbourne’s key shopping precincts and conveniently serviced by plenty of trams and trains, you will find everything from high street labels to designer goods. Of course, you can work up a serious appetite while shopping, but with great cafés, restaurants and bars that also line this popular strip, you’ll never be too far from a pick-me-up.

High Street, Armadale

There is something so lovely and quaint about High Street, Armadale. Designer clothes, classy and casual dining options, homewares, gifts, galleries and antique treasure troves sit shoulder to shoulder on this charming street, just a 20-minute drive or 15-minute train ride from the city centre.

Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

You'll find bars, restaurants, boutiques, vintage wares and old-school pubs all along the buzzing Gertrude Street in the inner northern suburb of Fitzroy. Grab a coffee, a new read, something for the house or even a show-stopping new outfit – you will find it all and more.