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“Shop til you drop while admiring the architecture”
Review of Melbourne Central

Melbourne Central
Ranked #43 of 450 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Melbourne Central is a diverse shopping and dining destination that invites you to keep exploring. Bringing together more than 300 retailers over five levels, Melbourne Central is home to an absorbing range of Australian and international fashion brands from Gorman, Alannah Hill, Crumpler to Vans and Nique. Take a sugar break at Cupcake Central, a beauty break at Mecca Maxima or an indulgent time-out at Self Centred Medi Spa. The buzz continues after dark, whether you are lurking in Knox Lane with its graffiti by Melbourne's infamous DABS and MYLA, or basking beneath a screen in the Hoyts Lux Cinema. Spanning two city blocks, the centre boasts several unique architectural features including the giant Marionette Watch hanging in Shot Tower Square, famous for its hourly rendition of the Australian anthem 'Waltzing Matilda'. The square is named after the historic Coops Shot Tower a bullet-making facility built in 1889. Today, the brick shot tower stands proudly in its original place, protected by a modern twist: the magnificent Glass Cone, designed in the '80s by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. While it floods the centre with natural light, the Glass Cone's design also makes it one of Melbourne's most recognisable landmarks. Located atop the City Loop Melbourne Central train station and can be found on the iconic free city circle tram route. Melbourne Central boasts 822 car parks making it the perfect base for Melbourne city excursions. The five-star-rated parents' retreat offers a sanctuary for families, while The Little Library free book exchange provide spaces for pause and escape from the city's frenetic buzz. Whatever brings you to Melbourne, be it shopping, exploring, lunch, brunch or simply an unexpected adventure, it is all waiting between Lonsdale and La Trobe. Or to go behind the scenes book a place on Melbourne Central's Unlocked Tour which leads visitors around hidden nooks, rarely-seen vantage points and secret rooftops. Bernadette Alibrando can also tell you the tales of Melbourne Central's huge range of artworks in the Walk to Art Tours. For bookings please visit the Melbourne Central website.
Reviewed 3 December 2017

A stunning space with architecture to be admired. At the same time, enjoy the great boutiques that inner city Melbourne has to offer and shop up a storm, with something for everyone.

Thank DeaStrega
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"great shopping"
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"bourke street mall"
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"waltzing matilda"
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"big clock"
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"glass dome"
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"myer and david jones"
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"lots of shops"
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"shop till you drop"
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"great place to shop"
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"shopping experience"
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"under one roof"
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"old building"
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Had great time wandering in and out of the various levels. Highlight for me was the clock in the centre...so lovely to watch the mechnical native birds and listen to the music when the clock struck on the hour. Was there to visit Milligram, buying a convertor (for a fountain pen). Plenty of food choice in the food court in the lower level. Easy to get to via public transport

Thank Ph0enix2014
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Reviewed 28 November 2017

Convenient shopping centre above Central Station providing all you need from cinema, grocery store, eateries, to fashion stores. You can conveniently walk through to be connected to Emporium shopping centre, Myer, David Jones, and Bourke Street Mall.

Thank mil0888
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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

This shopping precinct is very busy and big, not that many places to sit if you need a short break unless you are ordering food. There is plenty of shopping options, many similar stores so you should find what you want!

Thank LeeAdelaide
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

a great place that gives you the opportunity to do not very expensive shopping! everything in a very nice architecture.

Thank Leon G
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