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Bourke Street Mall

Melbourne’s premier retail precinct is filled with boutiques and big department stores set in charming heritage-listed arcades.

Bourke Street Mall sits at the heart of downtown Melbourne between Swanston and Elizabeth streets. It’s one of the city’s premier shopping destinations. The mall is entirely paved and is only open to pedestrians and trams, making it a prime location for street performers.

Set aside a day to explore the incredible range of stores in Bourke Street Mall. If you need help planning your day, stop by the Melbourne Visitor Booth in the mall to pick up maps and information on what’s in the area.

Want to give your wardrobe a Melbourne makeover? You’ll have no end of choices here, with stores ranging from high-end fashion to discount clothing shops . Find major brands and department stores, including David Jones and Myer, and explore the arcades and smaller shopping centers to find quirkier boutiques and independent designers.

The Royal Arcade and Melbourne General Post Office are worth visiting, even for non-shoppers. These 19th-century buildings are heritage listed, have fabulous old-world interiors, and are filled with boutique stores and eateries. Order an espresso from a café outside the Melbourne General Post Office and enjoy the passing parade of shoppers, office workers and sightseers.

The absence of cars has meant that Bourke Street Mall has become a favorite place for Melbourne’s street performers. The intense demand for performance spots means that the quality of entertainment is first class, every day of the week. So, find a good vantage point and settle in for an hour or two; the mall is one of Melbourne’s “entertainment bargains.”

Bourke Street Mall is just a 10-minute walk from Flinders Street Station, Melbourne’s main train terminal. Trams run the length of the street, so be sure to listen for the bells that warn of when these vehicles are approaching.

Popular Activities at Bourke Street Mall

It's worth giving yourself loads of time at Bourke Street Mall. Here are some of the top activities:

Why not consider purchasing a Melbourne Experience Walking Tour? It's one of the best experiences on offer here.

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Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne ¥6,592
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne

300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Marvel Stadium, and Melbourne Central. Queen Victoria Market and SEA LIFE Melbourne are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is 6 minutes by foot and Southern Cross Station is 7 minutes.

    The Victoria Hotel Melbourne ¥6,052
    The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

    The Victoria Hotel Melbourne

    215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Collins Street and Regent Theatre. Bourke Street Mall and Flinders Lane are also within 5 minutes. Parliament Station is 8 minutes by foot and Melbourne Central Station is 9 minutes.

      Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne ¥7,070
      Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

      Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

      328 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Melbourne hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Federation Square, National Gallery of Victoria, and Melbourne Central. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Melbourne Cricket Ground are also within 1 mi (2 km). Flinders Street Station is only a 4-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 13 minutes.

        The Jazz Corner Hotel ¥8,137
        The Jazz Corner Hotel

        The Jazz Corner Hotel

        352 William Street, Melbourne, VIC
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne Central, and Queen Victoria Market. RMIT University and Bourke Street Mall are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 2-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.

          Great Southern Hotel Melbourne ¥4,340
          Great Southern Hotel Melbourne

          Great Southern Hotel Melbourne

          44 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yarra Riverfront and SEA LIFE Melbourne. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Flinders Lane are also within 10 minutes. Southern Cross Station is only a 5-minute walk and Flagstaff Station is 15 minutes.

            Pegasus Apart'Hotel ¥6,713
            Pegasus Apart'Hotel

            Pegasus Apart'Hotel

            206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market, and Melbourne Central. Emporium Melbourne and Festival Hall are also within 15 minutes. Flagstaff Station is only a 3-minute walk and Melbourne Central Station is 7 minutes.

              The Hotel Windsor ¥14,851
              The Hotel Windsor

              The Hotel Windsor

              111 Spring Street, Melbourne, VIC
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Collins Street and Princess Theatre. Her Majesty's Theatre and St. Vincent's Hospital are also within 10 minutes. Parliament Station is only a 2-minute walk and Jolimont Station is 14 minutes.

                ibis Melbourne Central ¥6,035
                ibis Melbourne Central

                ibis Melbourne Central

                399 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Melbourne Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hardware Lane and Melbourne Central. Bourke Street Mall and RMIT University are also within 10 minutes. Melbourne Central Station is only a 5-minute walk and Flagstaff Station is 6 minutes.