Thursday, July 31, 2014

Melbourne Shopping

Melbourne has to have some of the best shopping in the world. There are more stores here than I could ever hope to visit in my lifetime. It's a rainy, grey day, so I decided to wander around and pop into a few places that looked interesting. I actually bought zero things, which is rare, but it IS Peter's birthday, after all-not mine! I found a few different options for shopping. First, arcades. These are laneways through a building that connect two roads and have shops and caf├ęs on each side. The shops tend to be boutique-y. Some of the arcades are really pretty.
Here is the Royal Arcade that connects (I think) Little Collins Street and Bourke Street.

 I also found the more-familiar mall format. There are two big department stores on Collins Street- Myer and David Jones- that are comparable to Nordstrom. To my surprise, these stores opened up to a large mall behind them. Here are a few pictures:
Uh oh. I thought I had left the temptations of Lululemon in America.

All along Collins Street there are high-end free standing shops like Tiffany and Co., Louis Vuitton, and I even found an Ugg store! 
I took this picture of Louis Vuitton awhile back, as you can tell the weather is much nicer.
Ironically, it's winter here and I don't think I've seen one person wearing Uggs.

Side note: when I tried to type "grey day" my phone autocorrected to g'day. Which is a phrase Australians actually use, believe it or not. They also greet you by saying "how are you going?" Or just "how you going?" Peter and I haven't really figured out what the correct response to that is yet. Usually we just smile and say "hi." 

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Welcome! I started Laura and Peter Down Under in July 2014 when my husband and I moved from the States to Melbourne, Australia for his job. I blog about expat life, our travels, food, and whatever else comes to mind. Follow along on our adventures Down Under!

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