Women shopping in Flinders Lane in Melbourne © Visit Victoria

Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria © Visit Victoria

How to shop Melbourne, with Jess Dempsey

The Bassike store at Emporium Melbourne © Bassike/Amelia Stanwix

Bassike, Emporium Melbourne, Victoria © Bassike/Amelia Stanwix

We’re really lucky in Melbourne to have such an incredible shopping and design scene in the heart of the city.

Jess Dempsey, Founder of What Would Karl Do.

Unmissable experience

Visit the city centre’s beautiful Block Arcade for boutiques housed in an unforgettable Renaissance-style mall.

Shoppers crossing the road along High Street in Melbourne © Visit Victoria

High Street, Melbourne, Victoria © Visit Victoria

Top tip

Jess says other Melbourne art, design and shopping suburbs worth checking out include Collingwood, Fitzroy and Brunswick.

Streetscape of Chapel Street in Melbourne © Visit Victoria

Chapel Street, South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria © Visit Victoria

Interior of Chadstone shopping centre near Melbourne © Wpcpey / CC BY-SA

Chadstone - The Fashion Capital, Chadstone, Victoria © Wpcpey / CC BY-SA

With kids, it’s really convenient and fun to visit Chadstone shopping mall, a 30-minute drive from the city, which calls itself the ‘fashion capital’ of Melbourne.

Interior of the National Gallery of Victoria’s design store in Melbourne © Image supplied by NGV

NGV Design Store, Melbourne, Victoria © Image supplied by NGV

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