Victoria Shopping and nightlife
Shopping in Victoria
Traditional sheepskins and the Australian's answer to the raincoat - the drizabone - can be found here. Iconic Akubra hats are found in shops around Flinders Street train station. Local wines from the Yarra Valley are very popular buys.
Melbourne is a major fashion centre, home to world-famous surfing brand Quiksilver, and shoppers looking for Australian and international designer wear should head for the city arcades - South Yarra or Lygon Street in Carlton. Unusual buys and bargains, as well as a festive atmosphere, can be had at the Queen Victoria Market. For some beautiful, unique and individually crafted jewellery head for the Rose Street Artists Market in Fitzroy.
Mon-Wed 0900-1730; Thurs and Fri 0900-1730 but some will have a late-night shopping policy and stay open until 1900 or even 2100; Sat and Sun 0900-1730 but some may not open until 1100 or 1200. Most major supermarkets are open 24 hours.
Nightlife in Victoria
Melbourne is home to a vibrant and varied entertainment culture. See ballet, classical concerts, opera and plays in Melbourne's ornate theatres.
Fitzroy is one of the best neighbourhoods for traditional pubs, stylish bars, cafes and live music. The city is well regarded for its live music scene and venues vary from major performance venues to backstreet pubs. Beachside St Kilda has one of the best - The Esplanade Hotel, or Espy, as well as a burgeoning cafe scene. Chapel St in South Yarra is where to head if you fancy mingling with the beautiful people.
The central business district hosts a plethora of very stylish bars, the best of which are normally tucked away down narrow streets and laneways.