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queen victoria market melbourne australia facadeThe most intriguing places to shop in Melbourne are the one-block arcades, such as the Block Arcade between Collins and Little Collins and the Royal Arcade between Little Collins and Bourke Street Mall. Bourke Street Mall itself is a major pedestrianized shopping precinct with two department stores, David Jones and Myer, located there. The eastern end (which used to be called the Paris end) of Collins is a center for high fashion. The brand Country Road is known for its quality Australian designs.

Queen Victoria Market, off Elizabeth Street, a few blocks to the north end of the city's main street grid, is one of the largest pavilion-style markets of any major city in the world, replete with Australia's bountiful foods arranged in rows and rows of stalls, plus delis, quick eateries and clothing stalls. I would consider moving to central Melbourne to be able to shop here.

Melbourne Central, between Latrobe and Lonsdale Streets, is a modern multi-level complex of 300 shops, restaurants and a multiplex theater.

Popular buys in Melbourne include aboriginal art; paintings on paper, canvas and bark; sculpture; and musical instruments.
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