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Melbourne - we love it and you will too! Insiders Melbourne uncovers Melbourne's iconic and hidden treasures - your guide to Melbourne shopping, accommodation, dining, attractions, culture and entertainment. To make sure you discover the best of everything that Melbourne has to offer, you need some inside knowledge. Our team are long term, committed Melbournians who like nothing better than to source the best food, great Melbourne shopping experiences, lively entertainment and superb accommodation. Style and substance - it's all here!

Featured listings for September 2014

Bookbinders Design

Melbourne shopping - Bookbinders Design
Bookbinders Design is an international concept which was founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 1927. We specialize in quality-handcrafted products, the range of notebooks, photo albums, diaries, boxes and all things paper are characterized by a wide spectrum of materials, bindings, shapes and colours.

The products are made in an environmentally friendly manner in Sweden and there is a great deal of manual work behind Bookbinders Design’s beautiful products. Our aim is to create functional and durable products that last for a long time by the use of carefully selected high-quality materials. The in-house product development is in constant progress and we proudly collaborate with some of Sweden’s foremost graphic designers and illustrators. This way, we are able to market a broad base range of products with regular seasonal changes.

The Galleria (Flagship store)
Shop E25,
385 Bourke Street (Elizabeth St level)
Melbourne, 3000
Phone: (03) 9642 4050

Basement Discs

Melbourne shopping - Basement Discs
Basement Discs is much more than a music store - they present regular free live in-store performances at lunchtimes featuring local and international artists. Some of the artists who have performed on stage include Richard Thompson, Jimmy Webb, Ron Sexsmith, John Scofield, Michelle Shocked, John Hammond, Dave Alvin, Chris Smither, Stephen Cummings, Mick Thomas, Andy White…to name just a few!

24 Block Place, Melbourne
Telephone : (03) 9654 1110

Zetta Florence

Melbourne shopping - Zetta Florence
Zetta Florence is one of Australia’s leading archival product companies, providing today’s professional conservators and personal shoppers with the best choice in quality presentation and storage merchandise. Zetta Florence Retail displays a treasure trove of products from Milan, Florence, New York, San Francisco, UK and Australia. You’ll find an extensive collection of journals, albums, diaries, artistic calendars, handmade presentation boxes and portfolios, conservation quality enclosures and archival storage products.

197 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Telephone : (03) 9417 6211

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Melbourne shopping - The Cats Meow

The Cats Meow

Tucked away in Campbell Arcade, underneath bustling Flinders Street, The Cats Meow has been making itself cozy since 2002 when Karen Bjornenak and Kylie Golsby-Smith first set up shop with their two labels, Kylie’s namesake Kylie-Jane, and Karen’s Berserk Clothing. Today, the independent clothing store has expanded to include around twenty other fashion, accessory and [...]
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Melbourne shopping - Haighs Chocolates

Haighs Chocolates

Haighs Chocolates is Australia’s oldest family-owned chocolate manufacturing retailer. Synonymous with fine chocolates since 1915, Haighs Chocolates are one of the few remaining chocolate manufacturers in the world still making chocolates from raw cocoa beans – with more than half the chocolates being made by hand. If you’re looking for pure chocolate indulgence while in [...]
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Melbourne shopping - e.g.etal


e.g.etal is one of Australia’s leading contemporary jewellery and object spaces, in a city known the world over for being a hub for contemporary jewellery talent. Down the stairway into the depths of 167 Flinders Lane, the gallery opens up into a cabinet wonderland of over 50 Australian and New Zealand artists, each with their [...]
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Melbourne shopping - Melbourne E-cigarettes

Melbourne E-cigarettes

Buying e-cigarettes from a retail store in Melbourne is a hit and miss affair. Many retailers sell cheap unbranded products from China that are manufactured using inferior plastics and often have mystery ingredients in the nicotine juice. If you want the absolute best e-cigarettes in Melbourne, you will have to import them from the USA. [...]
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Melbourne shopping - Matt Irwin Photography

Matt Irwin Photography

Over the last 21 years, Matt Irwin’s iconic photographic images, particularly of Melbourne, have gathered a dedicated following. Matt’s work can be shared by all; from cards right through to magnificent large scale canvas’ and prints. Opening the Matt Irwin Gallery in Scott Alley (just off Flinders Lane) in August 2008 was the realisation of [...]
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Melbourne galleries - HelenGory Galerie

HelenGory Galerie

HelenGory Galerie is nestled in the renowned fashion and food area of Greville and Chapel Streets, Prahran (Melbourne, Australia). The interior gallery has been reviewed as comparable to ‘entering a New York warehouse style space’. helengory galerie prides itself on maintaining accessibility, by being informative and creating a relaxed atmosphere for clients. Since 1995 HelenGory [...]
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Melbourne shopping - Vespa House

Vespa House

Vespa House, a landmark in the scooter history of Melbourne, was opened as a full time scooter workshop in 1956 by an immigrant from Northern Italy by the name of Vittorio (Tony) Tonon. It has passed through 3 generations with his son Frank and Franks son, Dean, continuing the tradition by running the workshop and [...]
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