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Shopper's guide to Gertrude Street

The little strip that links shabby haven Smith Street with its ever-so-slightly more uppercrust cousin Brunswick Street should not be overlooked

Photograph: Saint Cloud

There's no two ways about it: Gertrude Street is home to some of the best dining in Melbourne as well as some of the most unique shopping the city has to offer.

Become an expert on Melbourne's best strips with our shopper's guides to Chapel Street, Gertrude Street and Bridge Road.

The best shops on Gertrude Street


#67: Cottage Industry

It’s winter, and Cottage Industry makes us feel all warm inside. Channel your inner nanna with all things knitted, quilted, crafted and cottage, a place where the supremely talented Penelope Durston has found a home to sell her other-era wares.

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#73: Saint Cloud

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...

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#77: Amor y Locura

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.

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Brunswick East

#132: Leonard St

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.

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#161: Left

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.

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#179: About Space

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.

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#202: Industria

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.

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