Leave the obvious retail strip behind.
Get your next signature piece straight from the source. Established and emerging homewares and clothing designers are have made this area their home to sell their wares to a discerning, design-focused audience. These are pieces to last a lifetime that will give you pleasure every day.
You will find a range of purveyors of quality local, organic and seasonal produce in many of the hidden cafes, juice bars, deli's and markets. It's hard not to wish all shopping experiences could be like this: local, high quality and with incredible service.
If you are after the more mainstream options, you can head over to Lygon Street or into the CBD.