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Melbourne Central

211 LaTrobe St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
+61 99221112
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Ranked #37 of 190 attractions in Melbourne
Type: Malls, Neighborhoods
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... more » 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 Lulamae, 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 Director's Suite or Bean Bag 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 with the kids, lunch, brunch or simply an unexpected adventure, it is all waiting between Lonsdale and La Trobe. « less
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Mooroolbark, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

Visited to find outfits for our daughter's 21st and found plenty of choices at the various stores here. We did walk around the city to other shops, but finished up coming back to make our purchases. My only negative is the cost of the car parking which even after discounts for purchases seemed high (but probably in line with others... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed Melbourne central it has pretty much everything you need in a shopping mall and it's well designed, small stalls, popular clothes shops and a great range of food and bars. Cinema, bowling and a gym on the top floor and small independent shops on the basement level. The train station on the ground level is extremely busy... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Convenient and very good variety, all major shops within walking distance, great public transport available

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We arrived in Melbourne at 1pm, checked into our hotel and we wandered up to Melbourne central not long after. For the rest of the afternoon we managed to get lost in the shopping levels, chose new glasses in specsavers, had a delicious lunch in the food court - and some of the yummiest cupcakes I have ever tried too!!!... More

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MelbCentral, Manager at Melbourne Central, responded to this review

Hi travelforme23, Thanks for visiting us at Melbourne Central; we are so glad you enjoyed getting lost within our centre. I trust your new Specsavers glasses are serving you well and you will be happy to know that we often duck to Cupcake Central for an afternoon treat. We hope to see you back in centre again soon. Thanks. More

Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Very Busy, large shopping mall. It has a few things going for it, glass cone shaped roof covering an historic building. It also has excellent transport with it's own railway station. Other than that, its just a large soulless shopping mall.

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MelbCentral, Marketing and Guest Services at Melbourne Central, responded to this review

Hi Ernesto, Thanks for your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed our unique architecture and easy access to transport. We look forward to seeing you back in centre soon. Thanks, More

NE England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

If you like up market fashion shopping this is the place for you. Other than that there is not much to recommend a visit here. It is easy to reach using the City Circle tram

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

The trains and trams are wonderful in Melbourne. The inner city tram is great. It goes round the city, I always do a complete loop and take in the sights until I decide what I feel like seeing first. You can catch the tram to get off close to the Museum, Ned Kelly's last resting place! Victoria Market, Docklands and... More

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melbourne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Used to be an amazing tourist attraction with the highlight of the big clock opening and playing music. Now that little area is overcrowded with shops and there is hardly room for tourists to sit down and enjoy the one attraction which used to make Melbourne Central stand out.

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Sydney
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

There's a train station in the basement, a cinema above, and lots of shops. Basically, that's it. It's a good place for fashion shopping and has some other trendy stores. Some uncommon Asian foods and candy lie at the lowest level. One interesting attraction is the Shot Tower museum, which is just beneath the large glass cone. This was used... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Just another Shopping streets. Lots of shops but i think more suitable for ladies. For man will be abit boring. It's a nice place to shop if you have no where better be in.

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