Makers and Shakers Emerging Design Market
Fashion, homewares, art and more will fill the Melbourne Town Hall as part of Spring Fashion Week
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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Have you investigated what’s happening in the CBD’s newest shopping precinct yet?
The best of Melbourne shopping
The ultimate shopping guide to Melbourne
Loosen your purse strings and wander Melbourne's streets for a spot of retail therapy
The best markets in Melbourne
From organic produce to arts and crafts, there's a Melbourne market happening near you this week
The best vintage shops in Melbourne
Skip the fast fashion and hunt fashion treasures from bygone eras instead
The best homewares stores in Melbourne
Shops to suit every taste, from minimalist Scandi style to kitsch cool
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
Shopper's guides to Melbourne
Shopper's guide to Chapel Street
Vintage treasures, local designers, international brands: you'll find it all on Melbourne's famed shopping strip
Shopper's guide to Gertrude Street
Gertrude Street is home to some of Melbourne's best dining and some of its most unique shopping
Shopper’s guide to Bridge Road
Break out your sensible shoes and take a heap o' bags for your new finds
Shopper's guide to Sydney Road
Check out this list of our favourite shopping in the Brunswick neck of the woods
Shopper’s guide to Smith Street
Check out our favourite places to drop some cash this side of Collingwood
Health and beauty in Melbourne
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
The best massages in Melbourne
Leave your worries at the door and check yourself into the city's best massage parlours
The Nail Art Shakedown
Melbourne has embraced the nail art revival, hard. But does one nail art salon hold the upper hand?
Men's fashion in Melbourne
The best sneaker shops in Melbourne
If the shoes make the man, then these stores make very good men indeed
The best men's accessory shops in Melbourne
Where to go to assemble a modern man’s accessory and grooming arsenal
Melbourne’s best tattoo parlours
Artists to suit the needs and taste of every man (and woman!) in Melbourne
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