If you know where to look, visiting sticky-floored, male-centric sex shops is (thankfully) not the only way to find all of your 'adult' needs. These five sex shops stock high-quality toys, tools and outfits in a friendly environment. To uncover more of x-rated Melbourne, visit our guides to peep shows, lingerie shops or (for gay men), sex-on-premises venues.
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Be prepared to be asked (politely) for identification if you look under 25, as the professional staff here take their job seriously. Providing you're of age, they’re also friendly and committed to helping you find exactly what you’re looking for. So instead of just slapping the first thing you find on the counter without making eye contact, use their expertise to get your money’s worth. Twisted Toys is open late, so if you need a bit of liquid courage, pop in after your drinks with dinner. Just remember to be respectful while you browse their extensive vibrator range.
Tucked up the far end of Brunswick Street lies Lucrezia & De Sade, a store stockpiled with fetish clothing, accessories and toys to satisfy any pursuit and pleasure. The store boasts one of the most diverse collections of quality fetish and BD/SM products in the country, much of which is designed and manufactured right on the premises. Pay a visit and awaken those desires you never knew you had! An incredibly thorough product range and the knowledge of the staff is what distinguishes this little shop from the rest.
A feminist-owned sex shop means this store's less about raunch and blow-up dolls, more about buying toys that are fun to use (together or alone). There's the standard array of high-tech, German- and Scandinavian-made vibrators, along with books, lingerie, lubes, and oils. Passionfruit is as much about sensuality as it is about sexuality, so fans of the famed zipless fuck may want to look elsewhere. The perfect place for newbies and couples, the focus here is on being more attentive and devoted lover.
When you name your label after arguably the most infamous sexual libertine of all time, you’ve got a lot to live up to. Thankfully, Marquis de Sade does it’s namesake justice, just replace tales of erotic perversion and freedom (as the original De Sade penned) with award winning corsets, PVC and bondage gear and accessories. Forget misshapen, one-size-fits-no-one bustiers and cheap stockings. At Marquis de Sade they know the importance of good quality materials and design when it comes to fetish wear, as label creator Mary Delon has a background in haute couture and tailoring.