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Melbourne - Shopping

Melbourne's big two department stores , David Jones and Myer, are located off the Bourke Street Mall, while Daimaru, on Elizabeth Street, is Japanese-owned, with a very sophisticated feel. Shopping hours are generally Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm, with late-night shopping on Thursday and Friday evenings; many places also open at the weekend from around noon to 5pm.


Chapel Street in South Yarra is the home of interesting upmarket fashion , getting younger and less expensive towards Prahran. Greville Street, Prahran, has lots of retro chic, although Brunswick Street in Fitzroy is the best spot for secondhand clothes. Dangerfield (in the city centre at 224 Flinders St, the Sportsgirl Centre on Collins St and Melbourne Central, and in Greville St, Prahran and Brunswick St, Fitzroy) has modern funky clothes, including lots of great hats and jewellery. In Richmond, Bridge Road between Punt Road and Church Street is the discount centre of Melbourne; clothes and shoe shops sell seconds, samples and end-of-season stock - lots of cheap rubbish, but also brand names such as Country Road, Sportsgirl, Jag and Witchery. In the city, Little Bourke Street (from no. 349 upwards) and Hardware Street, round the corner, are the places to go for travel clothing and equipment.

Mainstream bookshops , all with many branches, are: Angus & Robertson Bookworld on the corner of Bourke and Elizabeth streets and 35 Swanston St, and Bookcity at 205 Swanston St for discounts; Collins Booksellers, 104 Elizabeth St, 86 Bourke St and 401 Swanston St; and Readers Feast at Midtown Plaza at the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets. One of Melbourne's best literary bookshops is Readings, 309 Lygon St, Carlton, with another branch at 153 Toorak Rd, South Yarra, down the road from Black Mask Books at no. 78, which specializes in mystery and crime. In Fitzroy, Brunswick Street has the very good Brunswick St Bookstore, at no. 305, and Grub St Bookshop at no. 379 for secondhand books. In Prahran at the Jam Factory there's the large Border's Books & Music, 500 Chapel St, which also has a pleasant café (both open daily 9am-midnight). St Kilda also has several bookshops, including Chronicles Bookshop, 91 Fitzroy St, and Cosmos Books and Music, 112 Acland St. Map Land, 372 Little Bourke St, specializes in travel books and maps . Topographical maps, maps of national parks in Victoria and other publications on Victoria are available at Information Victoria.

Gaslight, 85 Bourke St, has a superb range of everything except classical; Thomas's Records nearby at no. 31 is small but very good; Au-go-go, at 2 Somerset Place, sells independent and rare recordings, and displays notices for room shares and what's on. Discurio, 105 Elizabeth St, sells classical music, jazz, blues and folk; while Basement Discs, 24 Block Place, off Little Collins St, also has a great range of jazz and world music. In the southern inner city suburbs Border's Books & Music, at the Jam Factory, South Yarra, has a big CD department, and in Prahran at 128 Greville St, the funky Rhythm and Soul Records is where you'll find the latest funk, electronic, trance and techno grooves

Melbourne's best-loved market is the venerable Queen Victoria Market, though the Sunday Victorian Arts Centre crafts market is also popular, and there are good local markets at Prahran, South Melbourne and St Kilda. Camberwell Market, Station Street (Sun 7am-3pm; train to Camberwell), is a large flea market with lots of good secondhand clothes, books and records as well as bric-a-brac, and with plenty of food vans and cafés.
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