Historic buildings house the latest fashions here in Melbourne’s premier shopping street.
Bourke Street Mall has everything to keep the most demanding fashionista happy, but even non-shoppers will find plenty to enjoy in one of Melbourne’s most attractive and atmospheric shopping streets.
Situated between Swanston and Elizabeth streets in the city centre, pedestrian-friendly Bourke Street is closed to all traffic apart from trams, so you can stroll around with ease. First-time visitors are well advised to call into the Melbourne Visitor Booth in the mall, where maps and local information will help you to orientate yourself and plan your day.
Most people start by hitting the shops! Major department stores including David Jones and Myer are here, as well as a tempting variety of specialist shops and independent boutiques, offering a cornucopia of retail therapy that will seduce even the choosiest shopper. Treat yourself to an indulgent piece from a chic high-end label, bag a bargain at one of the friendly discount stores, or find a quirky one-off item from a local designer.
Turn a shopping trip into a history lesson in the heritage-listed Royal Arcade and Melbourne General Post Office, which offer a snapshot of life in 19th-century Melbourne. Browse the boutiques in their historic interiors, or relax and watch the world go by over a coffee in one of the traditional pavement cafes.
Bourke Street is also famous for its street performers, attracting some of the city’s best musicians and artists to its spacious pedestrian precincts. Competition for the best spots is intense, so the standard of performance is generally high, making it a favourite hangout for locals to while away a couple of hours with some great free entertainment.
Bourke Street Mall is an easy 10-minute walk from Flinders Street Station, Melbourne’s main train terminal. Trams ring their bells to warn pedestrians of their approach, so don’t forget to listen and check both ways before crossing the street.