The best shops on Gertrude Street
St Cloud delightfully brings together fashion and bicycle culture in a one stop shop to channel your inner hipster. But be warned: there are no posers here, just people who are seriously into their cycling. Probably not the place for you to grab one of those cute lady bikes with a basket...
If you’re looking to channel your inner obsession with Day of the Dead relics, or have been waiting for that elusive Argentinean antique shop to open up in Melbourne (haven’t we all?!), then Amor y Locura is your jam. Truly one of the most unusual antique dealers in Melbourne, they import architectural antiques and tid bits salvaged from Argentina and Mexico. Also pop in for vibrant and unique Mexican folk art.
Cross over Brunswick Street and you’ll hit Leonard St boutique – for those playing at home, you might recognise the name from their Flinders Street or Northcote stores. This is the place for that pair of green apple-print jeans you never knew you wanted but now desperately have to have. A breath of fresh air on the fashion front.
Trying to find Yohji Yamamoto in Melbourne? Pop into Left to flash your cash and pick up designer threads with a twist – this is no standard Armani/YSL/Gucci boutique. Left stocks all the innovative international designer labels that you might not have heard about, but will want to have.
This is our kind of design store, pairing a retro aesthetic with modern warehouse chic. Their lighting fixtures are to die for, and if you’ve walked along Gertrude Street at night before, you would have been one of the many punters staring in wonder at their glorious illuminated front windows.
Looking to deck out your warehouse? Stop at Max Watts Industria at #202 for curious oddities like beakers, surgical equipment, steel numbering and LP gas bottles turned into bowls. We even found a scientific human model with removable internal organs – it’s just what you need.