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"For many Melbourne is the hub for shopping in Australia. For those on a budget or those with deeper pockets, there’s a seemingly endless array of shopping opportunities which includes the many arcades and shopping lanes in the city centre."

Apart from speciality shops, you can also find top department stores such as Myers and David Jones as well as many shopping centres throughout the city. The cosmopolitan side of Melbourne is reflected in the variety of different cuisines to be found in the shopping centre food halls, of which the largest is located at the Queen Victoria Market.

Some more popular shopping venues include:

Queen Victoria Markets - Corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets The largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere with fresh food as well as crafts.

The Block Arcade - 280 Collins Street This is the largest shopping arcade in Melbourne and is renowned for its attractive and intricate floor mosaics.

The Arts Centre Sunday Market - Corner St Kilda and Southgate Roads, Southbank. An undercover market which only admits artisans who reach a certain quality controlled standard.

Chinatown - Little Bourke St, Swanston St & Spring St Melbourne’s Chinatown is filled with bustling cafes, Asian grocers etc and is a focal point for Chinese festivals and events.

Federation Square - Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets Federation Square fills a whole city block and includes gardens and interesting architecture, a stone’s throw away from the National Gallery of Victoria and many cafes and restaurants.

Royal Arcade - 355 Bourke Street Going all the way back to 1869, the Royal Arcade is the oldest in the city and recalls much of the city’s 19th century splendour.

Bourke Street Mall - Between Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street Melbourne’s main department stores are located here as are many street performers and buskers.

Southgate Leisure Precinct - Maffra Street and City Road The Southgate Leisure is an example of a part of Melbourne that had been neglected and was subsequently turned into a stylish retail destination complete with more than 40 shops, restaurants, bars and cafes.

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