Visiting Melbourne Day 2: CBD Exploration

The Block Archade by Vorka Imagery

(Cover image: When visiting Melbourne don’t miss the Royal Arcade With Gog & Magog by Flickr: Dean Addison)

Charlie and I ventured into Melbourne’s CBD today, using Uber.

Charlie and me getting out Uber on
Charlie and I getting our Uber on

The plan was to go to Retro Star Vintage, at the Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne, but as luck would have it, it was one of the few stores that were closed. I am so making Retro Star Vintage the first place I go next time Visiting Melbourne. The other famous vintage store, Vintage Sole, downstairs from Retro Star Vintage, was also closed due to the holiday. One word – gutted. The building is a gorgeous art decor looking place. It was the one store Charlie said she wanted to see. I should have hired a car and driven us on Saturday, in retrospect.

RetroStar Vintage Clothing has grown into the largest vintage store in Australia
RetroStar Vintage Clothing has grown into the largest vintage store in Australia
Vintage Sole Melbourne CBD
Vintage Sole Melbourne CBD

Visiting Melbourne – CBD Shopping

The shopping was less exciting than yesterday, primarily because I realised how much money I spent, so I was being frugal. I think because it is colder, that women dress up more in general and are mostly very stylish and individual. As a result, I feel that even mainstream stores take more risks in their POS and merchandising, as well as buying. I wished I had a magic wand to wave and give my girl all she desires, but reality needs to be faced.

Melbourne Shopping by Angela Rutherford
Melbourne Shopping by Angela Rutherford

Melbourne by Angela Rutherford on Flickr

I did get a few things from Target (massive store in the Melbourne CBD) – slipper socks for $2, a Zoella body lotion (Melbourne is very dry), a bralette for Charlie, a NYX lipgloss (again Melbourne saps the moisture out of the skin). I nearly bought some kitten heel pointy pumps with a bow in nude/champagne but talked myself down. Next pay cheque.

Visiting Melbourne – The Arcades

One of the magical things about Melbourne are the little tucked away arcades that house hidden treasures, such as a Wicca  (witch craft) store, or a shop specialising in babushka dolls. And of course, in true Melbourne style, great food. Charlie and I met up with my closest cousin in age, Berri, and had lunch Grasshopper’s Feast in an arcade. Service was painfully slow, so if you are after a quick lunch, this is not the place. But if you are looking for the most amazing gnocchi, it is worth the wait and more.

The Block Arcade Melbourne © Rowan Herring
The Block Arcade Melbourne © Rowan Herring

I could live in Zara. The clothes are so well priced for the quality and design. I had to force myself not to spend up big today. Charlie found a sheer camo top and a tee-shirt, both under $20. I nearly bought a pair of divine nude kitten heel pumps with a bow, but I have enough shoes at the moment, so dragged myself out.

The Block Arcade

Prettiest babushka dolls
Prettiest babushka dolls
The Block Arcade
The Block Arcade
The Block Arcade Melbourne
The Block Arcade Melbourne, Pattisserie
Macarons to die for - so pretty
Macarons to die for – so pretty
Charlie in new overalls outside the witchcraft store
Charlie in new overalls outside the witchcraft store
Coffee in the Causeway
Coffee in the Causeway
Some gorgeous packaging I spotted
Some gorgeous packaging I spotted
Meow! Cat stencil street art
Meow! Cat stencil street art while visiting Melbourne
My beloeved cousin Berri and Charlie catch up while visiting Melbourne
My beloeved cousin Berri and Charlie catch up while visiting Melbourne
Charlie with street sculpture
Charlie with street sculpture
Lights in the air
Lights in the air
cat street art spotted while visiting Melbourne
cat street art spotted while visiting Melbourne

Image sources: Cover image: Flickr: Dean Addison

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