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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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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Men of Substance and Style

Once upon a time, being a man meant stepping in line. Now, it's those that break out from the crowd to find there own path that we admire most. Here are some of the agenda-setters working in Australia today – from barbers shaping the style of the guys in their states, to the game changers disrupting the way we do everything from dessert to social networking.

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Friday night fireworks at the Docklands

Who doesn't love fireworks? This winter, put a bit of colour into your Friday night with free fireworks displays at the Docklands.  The action begins at the waterfront from 7.30pm, but rock up early for a line-up of food trucks, roving performers and live music. From kids to couples, everyone is welcome – just make sure to check social media before you head out if the weather isn't looking great.  While you're in the Docklands, why not make an adventure of it? Get there early for a spin on the ice at the O'Brien Group Arena nearby, hitch a ride on the glittering Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, or check out the range of pubs, bars and eateries in the area. Read more about Friday night fireworks at The Docklands.

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Dewar's Lock Inn

One of the great joys of being a whisky fan is trying the endless varieties that exist all over the world. In August and September, the world's most awarded blended whisky – Dewar's – is offering you the chance to enjoy free tastings, cocktails, sliders, scotch eggs and live music at a pop-up whisky cellar at the Grace Darling Hotel. Come join for a dram!

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