When it comes to getting your Christmas shopping done, there’s no better place to visit than Melbourne. If you missed the Black Friday sales (where were you? Living under a rock?), don’t worry, we’ve put together a perfect day of shopping, eating, and shopping again. What could be better?
8am: Fuel up with a hearty breakfast
It’s going to be a long day and you’ll need your energy. Start off your day with a visit to Queen Street Rescue, located right next door to Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne. The coffee here is smooth and nutty, while the breakfast menu has a large range of options to suit all tastes, from classic smashed avo to buttermilk pancakes with praline crumble. Yum!
9.30am: Wander around Queen Victoria Market
After breakfast, enjoy a short walk to Queen Victoria Market. Experience the vibrant atmosphere at this huge open-air market. With over 150 stalls of vintage fashion, homewares, gifts and activities for the kids, this is a must-see on your quest to complete your Christmas Shopping in Melbourne.
10.30am: Visit Emporium and Melbourne Central
It’s a must that you visit Emporium Melbourne and Melbourne Central for its upscale retailers. These malls have everything from Aesop to The Academy Brand, so whoever you’re shopping for, they will have you covered. While you’re in the city, be sure to check out the Flinders Street Christmas display. This display changes each year and is always a magical sight.
12pm: High End gifts on Armadale’s High Street
If it’s high end gifts you’re after, pay a visit to High Street in Armadale. One step on this street and you’ll instantly feel as though you’ve landed on Rodeo Drive. Think beautifully dressed woman who look like they’ve stepped out the pages of a glossy magazine, and you haven’t even entered a store yet.
1:30 Get to Richmond for a relaxed long lunch
We highly recommend a visit to Kong BBQ in Richmond for a relaxed long lunch after the intense morning you’ve just had. The Korean inspired menu is next level. And the best part, the open kitchen allows you to watch the chefs expertly prepare your meal with speed and finesse that is mind boggling.
3.30pm: Grab a designer bargain
While you’re in Richmond, head to Bridge Road for a designer bargain that will have you bragging for weeks after. Brands include Anthea Crawford, Zu, Witchery, Table Eight, Sportsgirl, Review and more. It’s ok to lose sight of the mission and purchase a few items for yourself. Go on, you deserve it.
4.30pm Walk down Chapel Street
This is where it’s at! You could spend all day walking down the 4km strip of shops that make up Chapel Street in Prahran. Here you’ll find everything you could possibly need, from vintage treasures to international fashion brands. And the best part? Most of the shops are open until late, so you can shop till you drop!
7pm: End a successful day at a rooftop bar
With your evidence of a successful day in tow, jump in the nearest taxi and head back to the city. Get yourself to BOMBA for dinner and a drinks at their rooftop bar. It’s the perfect way to end a perfect day of shopping in Melbourne.