Thursday, 23rd Dec - Sunday, 23rd Jan

What is it that you want to get out of your travels to Melbourne? Maybe you have seen all of the sites, you’ve visited all of the great galleries and art museums. There’s something all travellers like to do when they arrive in a new city – and that is to have a look at the shops. Whether it’s browsing or buying, Melbourne has an array of shopping to offer. Melbourne also has something to offer the shop-a-holic in all of us as some of the trendiest boutiques, designer brands and department stores are based in Melbourne. The city's iconic walkways and arcades along Crossley Street, Cathedral, the Block, Presgrave, Centre, Royal Arcades and Degraves are unique and delightfully eccentric at the same time. Shopping hotspots include Lenko boutique, Retrostar, Shag and Zambesi for luxurious brands while Blonde Venus also offers exclusive clothing. Music lovers should head on down to Basement Discs with its impressive all genre collection. Book lovers will love spending an afternoon at the Brunswick Street Bookstore or at Chronicles.

If it's a local market experience one is after, the Prahran Market, Queen Victoria Market, South Melbourne Market and Camberwell Market will more than suffice. Hob-nob with Melbournians amongst some of the best produce in the city while other colourful thoroughfares include St Kilda Farmers' Market, Hawthorn Craft Market, Rose Street Artist Market, and the Esplanade Market with its quirky arts and craft collection. To ensure that you have enough spare cash to spend in a few of these great Melbourne gems, you need to save on costs where you can. Accommodation is a great way to keep on budget when travelling. Luckily you can stay at the best hostel in Melbourne. Located in Melbourne’s bustling and central neighborhood, St Kilda, Habitat HQ has been voted Best hostel in Melbourne!