Winter Shopping in Melbourne
Winter is all about shopping in Melbourne, with the recently opened GPO and QV shopping precincts and the brilliantly refurbished Melbourne Central adding a new dimension to the Melbourne shopping experience, reinforcing the city's reputation as a leading fashion destination.
Spanning almost two city blocks, the new Melbourne Central is comprised of more than 250 stores with a mix of leading Australian and international labels presenting a range of mid-to-high end designer labels and cutting-edge street wear. Morrissey, Peter Alexander and Hannii are amongst the Australian designer names whilst International retailers include G Star, FCUK and Tommy Hilfiger.
QV is Melbourne 's new inner city laneway precinct featuring a dynamic mix of high end fashion and lifestyle retailers for the truly fashion obsessed. The precinct has a European style piazza with cafes, restaurants and bars spilling tables and chairs from laneways and shop fronts to rest weary feet after shopping. National and International fashion labels adorn Albert Coates Lane including Mango, Christensen Copenhagen, Nicola Finetti, Third Millennium, Alberto Piazza, and Wayne Cooper.
The historic and heritage-listed Melbourne General Post Office (GPO) reopened in 2004 as a fashion, food and shopping precinct of unrivalled sophistication. GPO contains more than 60 stores, including some of Australia 's best names in fashion such as Roy and Nicolangėla and a range of successful, contemporary international brands.
Melbourne 's historic network of laneways and arcades boasts the singular, the exquisite and the quirky. They include the 19 th century Block Arcade (between Collins and Elizabeth Streets), Degraves (off Flinders Lane ), and Melbourne's oldest, the Royal Arcade (between Bourke Street Mall and Little Collins Street ). In amongst the labyrinth that is Melbourne CBD, Melbourne-based designers such as Zayt and Victoria Loftes have established some fabulous spots to sell their creations all year round.
Shopping in Melbourne during winter is always great fun with department stores and city boutiques slashing their prices for the winter sales. Pick up a bargain at one of the top shelf designers stores in Collins St , the funky boutiques in Flinders lane and Little Collins St, and the dazzling shops in the cities grand new shopping precincts. There is something to suit everyone's style in Melbourne this winter.