With the amount of different products that we see on a
trip abroad, it ends up being difficult to control the
desire to do some shopping, right? In Melbourne, stores
are concentrated in the city center and there are street
shops and shopping centers so that no one can fail. In
the city, you can find from popular and cheap stores to
more refined and high-priced stores.
It must be borne
in mind that Australia is not a cheap country, neither
for shopping nor for living; but if the dollar exchange
rate is favorable and you are lucky to find a good
promotion, you can find products with lower prices than
in Brazil. Although, sometimes, we are attracted by the
small numbers of the shelves, it is necessary to think
about the value of that product after the conversion to
the real. Is it really worth buying the product? Is it
cheaper than in Brazil? Worth the weight in the
suitcase? The value may be small in terms of Australia,
but it may not be such an advantageous purchase after
conversion. If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage makeup brushes.
For those who want to shop, we suggest two tours: go
to the outlets and explore the city center on foot.
Start at the outlets, walk, visit your stores, search
for prices and already guarantee the items you find
interesting for shopping. The outlet we recommend
visiting is the DFO South Wharf, which
has stores of national and international brands,
including Nike, Puma, Kate Spade and Tommy Hilfiger.
Another outlet option, but less promising and with fewer
stores, is Harbor Town Melbourne. If
you need to choose just one outlet to visit, we suggest
DFO. Another tip is to visit it during working days,
when the audience is smaller.
After going to the outlet, you will already have an
idea of what reasonable prices are for shopping. In
the center of Melbourne, there are shops for all tastes,
including major international brands. For shopping, be
sure to walk Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street, as
well as shopping centers like Melbourne Central.
Also in the city, stop by two small shopping centers,
which have few stores, but have beautiful architecture
and can be worth a visit, one is the Block
Arcade and the other is the Royal
Arcade － if you don't want to buy, you can at
least have a coffee or tea there.
For those who want to buy travel souvenirs and have a
huge range of products available, a tip is to go to the
Queen Victoria Market, which in
addition to food, has an area dedicated to the sale of
clothes and other objects, many of Chinese origin. For
those who like variety and good prices, another tip is
to go to the Japanese store Daiso, a kind of 1.99 store,
but which actually has a price of $ 2.80 (it cannot be
said that the quality of the products is wonderful, but
the quantity of products is incredible).
When you make a purchase over $ 300 at the same
store, you can claim a refund of taxes paid on products
purchased up to 60 days before leaving Australia. The
process to get this money back starts right at the
purchase, when asking the store clerk to give you the
invoice specifying the refund amount. When leaving the
country, you must go to the airport in possession of the
purchased products (it may be necessary to present them)
and show the invoices at a service station that is just
after the immigration pass. The tax refund inspector
usually asks to see the products purchased, but if you
have checked them in the luggage that goes in the hold
of the plane, just explain this.
The tax return is made very quickly and simply, and
you can obtain it through credit on the card of your
choice. See here the Tax Free rules and
how to get your money back.
Daiso is a Japanese store that works like our
well-known 1.99 stores; with the difference that, in
Australia, the fixed amount applied to products is $
2.80. Daiso stores are usually huge and offer an
impressive amount of products. You will find in them
stationery, food, crockery for the home, cleaning
articles, makeup, organizers, etc.
The variety of their items is really impressive, and the
place is worth it for those who want to spend little.
However, it is necessary to know that the quality of
what is sold leaves a little to be desired and the
purchased merchandise may not last as long as expected.
For those who like trinkets, colorful and cheap
products, it's a great place!
Shop 204, 246 Bourke St, Melbourne - CEP: 3000
Telephone: +61 3 9654 7528
Hours: Mon – Sat: 9: 00–21: 00 Sun: 10: 00–18: 00
DFO South Wharf
For those looking for products at low prices, this is
“the place” in Melbourne. DFO is a closed outlet that
brings together stores from brands such as Nike, Vans,
Strandbags, Asics, Kate Spade, Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas,
Calvin Klein, Cotton On, Diadora, Fossil, JB Hi-Fi,
Kathmandu, Nine West, Quicksilver Ripcurl... In it, you
will find factory stores or products from past
collections, with prices lower than those of traditional
stores. It is worth spending in place if the intention
is to spend little.
Don't expect Australia to have low prices like the
United States. The place has great stores for shopping,
yes, but you have to look carefully if the prices are
really advantageous. We always recommend converting to
real and looking for stores on sale to guarantee better
prices. There are things that are cheaper than in
Brazil, and there are things that are not so worth it.
The important thing is to go to each store and evaluate
if the product you want comes out cheaper there.
The mall has a wide variety of stores and, in
addition to the variety of brands it offers, it is a
good shopping center, as it has an overview of some of
the best brands found in Australia.
See the DFO stores here and see if
it has what you are looking for.
20 Convention Center Pl, South Wharf - CEP: 3006
Telephone: +61 3 9099 1111
Hours: Mon – Thu, Sat – Sun: 10: 00–18: 00 \ nSex: 10:
00–21: 00 \ n
Melbourne Central is a shopping center in the heart
of the city and an excellent place for shopping, because
in addition to its good location, there are many quality
stores. It is a mall with a lot of movement during the
day, as it has a supermarket and is connected to the
This shopping center is one of the best places to
shop in Melbourne; has a selection of stores that
includes Uniqlo, Topshop, Armani Exchange, Bardot,
Calvin Klein Jeans, Converse, Cotton On, EB Games,
Element, Factorie, Foot Locker, Fossil, GAP, Typo,
Kiehl's, Levi's, MAC, Lush...
If you want to save money, try to make your purchases
during the collection exchange period, in months like
January, February, July and August.
See all the stores in the mall here
211 La Trobe St, Melbourne - CEP: 3000
Telephone: +61 3 9922 1100
Hours: Mon – Sun: 10: 00–16: 00 \ n
Another one of the delicious places in Melbourne for
food addicts, Prahran Market is an option to find
different types of food in the same place. The market is
suitable both for those who want to buy fruits or
vegetables and for those who want to have a good coffee
or buy fast food. The place is super inviting for a
stroll and you can end up discovering how Melbourne
really is a place of multicultural cuisine.
As in the area of this market there are many
families of Greek origin, you can find establishments
that sell sweet and savory delicacies typical of the
country! There are wonderful stalls with incredible
sweets! Our suggestion is to try the baklavas, a kind of
pastry made with walnuts!
Go in the morning or at lunchtime, so you can enjoy
the tour to have your coffee or have a mouthful, in
addition to guaranteeing a snack for later.
191-193 Commercial Rd, South Yarra - CEP: 3141
Telephone: +61 3 9826 2699
Website: http: // https:
Hours: Mon – Thu: 8: 00–22: 00 \ nSex: 8: 00–20: 00 \
nSat – Sun: 9: 00–17: 00 \ n
Queen Victoria Market
Melbourne's must-see tourist spot, Queen Victoria
Market, or just Vic Market, is a popular market created
in 1878. It gathers a surprising amount of products,
ranging from gourmet items such as pates and cold cuts,
to fruits and vegetables, handicrafts, thrift items,
Chinese inventions, travel souvenirs, clothing,
household items, etc.
It is a place to find a little bit of everything; to
eat well for a nice price and even to find those travel
souvenirs from Australia! The market is quite large and,
for those who like this type of program, you can spend a
good time strolling through their warehouses. The most
promising area, we would say, is the delicatessen area,
where you will find cheeses, salami, hams, as well as
cakes, meats, kebabs, natural juices, hamburgers and
other delicacies to eat. To kill hunger, our suggestion
is to eat a borek, food of Turkish origin, it is
delicious and cheap.
During the summer Wednesdays, an event called Night
Market takes place at Vic Market; these days, the market
receives several food stalls, live bands, traillers,
etc. It's a great place to grab a bite to eat, sample
flavors from around the world and meet friends. This
event also takes place during the winter, but under the
name Winter Market. Don't miss out!
513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne - CEP: 3000
Telephone: +61 3 9320 5822
Hours: Tue, Thu: 6: 00–14: 00 \ nSex: 6: 00–17: 00 \
nSat: 6: 00–15: 00 \ nSunday: 9: 00–16: 00 \ n
QV is a shopping center in Melbourne with shops,
restaurants and other services, such as doctors and
dentists. It is a large place, with closed and outdoor
stores and a great location. It is not a huge mall and
full of places to shop, but as it has some interesting
establishments, it can be a nice place to stop by or
have a meal, since it has several restaurants and cafes.
The San Churro pastry shop and brand stores like
Billabong, Shiseido, Ugg and Daiso are among the
establishments that are part of the QOL. Check here
all your stores.
3 Albert Coates Ln., Melbourne - CEP: 3000
Telephone: +61 3 9658 0100
Hours: Mon – Wed, Sat: 10: 00–18: 00 \ nQui: 10:00 –19:
00 \ nSex: 10: 00–21: 00 \ nSunday: 10: 00–17: 00 \ n
The Block Arcade
Block Arcade is a historic shopping center in
Melbourne that began to be built in 1891. It has an "L"
shape and an interior rich in details of the
architecture of the time, such as colored tiles and the
use of steel ornaments.
By today's standards, the shopping center is small, but
we think it is worth visiting for the interior
decoration and to get an idea of how charming the
shopping centers were in the past. You'll see few stores
in the Block Arcade, but even if you don't want to shop,
pay a visit! Our tip is to stop by Hopetoun Tea Rooms to
have a tea or eat a slice of one of their wonderful
cakes, it's worth it!
282 Collins St, Melbourne - CEP: 3000
The District Docklands
Harbor Town is a chain of outlets in Australia, also
present in Melbourne. It is located in the Docklands
area and is a good option for anyone looking to shop in
the city. The shopping center is in the open (so avoid
it on rainy days) and there you can find stores with
cheaper products than in conventional stores.
This mall has a lot of Australian stores, so it is
not the best option for those looking for outlets of
international brands (in this case go to DFO), but it is
worth a visit to see and pan products at discounted
Among the stores in the mall are: Forever New, Rebel
Sport, Typo, Levi's, Fila, Factorie, Cotton On and
Lonsdale. Next to the mall, there is also the Melbourne
Star, a ferris wheel with panoramic views of the city.
Access to the outlet can be done with the free trams
that go to Docklands and depart from the city center.
440 Docklands Dr, Docklands - CEP: 3008
Telephone: +61 3 9328 8600
Hours: Mon – Thu, Sat: 10: 00–18: 00 \ nSex: 10:00 –21:
00 \ nSunday: 10: 00–17: 00 \ n
The Royal Arcade
Royal Arcade is one of Melbourne's oldest shopping
centers. Located in the city center, the place has an
old style of decoration. Its construction was started in
1869 and finished the following year. It is an iconic
place in Melbourne, with some interesting shops;
although it no longer has as much space compared to the
big malls, it still preserves its refinement.
If you're already around, it's a good place to do some
shopping or have a hot chocolate.
335 Bourke St. Mall, Melbourne - CEP: 3000