Shopping

Your guide to Melbourne's best markets, boutiques and high street shopping

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The best stationery stores in Melbourne

Got a lust for paper, pens, notepads and Washi tape? These are the best stores to satisfy your craving

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Mitchell House

Check out the super-cool retailers hidden inside this stunning Art Deco building in the CBD

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Hotels

Win a dream wedding at The Olsen

Yes, that's right! We're giving away a $20,000 wedding package to one incredibly lucky reader

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The best winter markets in Melbourne

Rug up and head out for mulled wine, good tunes, great food and shopping galore at these winter markets

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The best of Melbourne shopping

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The ultimate shopping guide to Melbourne

Loosen your purse strings and wander Melbourne's streets for a spot of retail therapy

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The best markets in Melbourne

From organic produce to arts and crafts, there's a Melbourne market happening near you this week

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The best vintage shops in Melbourne

Skip the fast fashion and hunt fashion treasures from bygone eras instead

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The best homewares stores in Melbourne

Shops to suit every taste, from minimalist Scandi style to kitsch cool

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The ultimate Melbourne gift guide

Stuck for ideas? Even Santa couldn't fault this shopping guide – we've matched Melbourne's best stores to four personality types

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Shopper's guides to Melbourne

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Shopper's guide to Chapel Street

Vintage treasures, local designers, international brands: you'll find it all on Melbourne's famed shopping strip

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Shopper's guide to Gertrude Street

Gertrude Street is home to some of Melbourne's best dining and some of its most unique shopping

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Shopper’s guide to Bridge Road

Break out your sensible shoes and take a heap o' bags for your new finds

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Shopper's guide to Sydney Road

Check out this list of our favourite shopping in the Brunswick neck of the woods

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Shopper’s guide to Smith Street

Check out our favourite places to drop some cash this side of Collingwood

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Health and beauty in Melbourne

Health and beauty

Melbourne's best spas and bath houses

No time for a holiday? Take yourself on a mini-getaway at Melbourne's best spas and bath houses instead

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Health and beauty

The best massages in Melbourne

Leave your worries at the door and check yourself into the city's best massage parlours

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Health and beauty

The Nail Art Shakedown

Melbourne has embraced the nail art revival, hard. But does one nail art salon hold the upper hand?

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Men's fashion in Melbourne

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The best men's accessory shops in Melbourne

Where to go to assemble a modern man’s accessory and grooming arsenal

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Melbourne’s best tattoo parlours

Artists to suit the needs and taste of every man (and woman!) in Melbourne

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RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride – a rolling bike festival

Experience Victoria as you never have before at the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride, where you'll ride through Victoria's beautiful scenery from the Grampians to the Great Ocean Road. The annual bike ride has been running for 30 years and is quite possibly the best-kept secret in local travel, for two unbeatable reasons: you can experience great scenery by day and a party atmosphere by night.  Riders can opt to do a three, five or nine-day ride across Victoria. The three-day option (188km) runs along the coast from Apollo Bay, Bellbrae, Queenscliff to Geelong from December 1-4. The five-day course (339km) runs from the historic town of Halls Gap and winds down to the coast past the Twelve Apostles to finish at Apollo Bay from November 26 to December 1. For riders who are in it for the long haul, there's the nine-day ride from Halls Gap to Geelong (527km) from November 26 to December 4. This event is open to riders of all ages (children included), though a reasonable level of fitness is expected. While the rides will cover plenty of distance, full support and service from the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride will ensure no one gets left behind. Everything is included in the ticket price: the support team will provide three meals a day, toilets, hot showers at the campsites and luggage transfers. Don't have a tent? There are rental options available.  It's not all about the riding either – once you get off the saddle, the evenings will take on a festival atmosphere with live mu

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George's Bar

A quirky theme does not a great bar make – but at George's Bar in Fitzroy, you're guaranteed both.  Late last year, Fitzroy awoke to a huge George Costanza mural and a sign on the door instructing patrons to "BE MORE LIKE GEORGE". A flurry of media interest ensued (Jason Alexander himself even tweeted about it), but the real test was whether the Johnston Street bar would stand the test of time.  Thankfully, it has. George's Bar has built a following around its chilled-out attitude and lack of pretension from friendly bar staff. They'll happily make you a top-notch Old Fashioned or pour you a Little Creatures on tap. If you're hungry, don't go past the toasties: the classic Art Vandelay is a fat stack of double cheese, or if you're feeling adventurous, go for the Dealership: a combo of Twix, maple butter and pretzels.  George's Bar also does a great trivia night on Wednesdays and comedy night on Thursdays. Fridays and Saturdays are all about the local DJs. Naturally, photos of Costanza are placed around the walls – but whether you're a Seinfeld fan or not, George's Bar is the local you've been looking for.

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Things to do Buy tickets

Starward Whisky presents: The Craft of Whisky

Starward Whisky is teaming up with Work-Shop and Time Out Melbourne for a night of whisky and craft workshops and demonstrations. Guests will be treated to a Starward whisky cocktail on arrival, while local jeweller and printmaker Cassandra Gill will showcase her stunning works in a hands-on interactive craft demonstration. Multi-disciplinary artist Nicole Black will also be putting on an intriguing live demonstration and workshop to showcase her mixed media work. if you want to see what the new age of crafting looks like, this is your chance.  Stick around for a nip of Starward whisky afterwards, made at the New World Whisky Distillery right here in Melbourne. Starward founder David Vitale will tell guests the fascinating story on how he set up a highly successful craft whisky label out of an airport hangar in Essendon.  

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