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“Great Shopping, Great Cafes” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Melbourne Central

Melbourne Central
211 LaTrobe St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
+61 99221122
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Ranked #36 of 161 Attractions in Melbourne
Type: Neighborhoods, Malls, Cultural
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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. 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.
Sydney, Australia
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“Great Shopping, Great Cafes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Loved the shopping, so many stores at every turn. Same with the cafes - so many to choose from you are spoilt for choice it was hard to decide where to go!

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“Nothing exciting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

The same shops exist anywhere in Australia. I expected more from Melbourne than the same chain stores you can find in most suburban shopping centres. Very crowded and lacking of atmosphere.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Many things in one place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

It's easy to get around and find things. Does get busy in Dec with Christmas shopping and sales - as well as the Myer Christmas Windows, and popular meeting spot for people meeting up for a spot of shopping.

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“a must do! amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

im a regular to melbourne, and melbourne central and bourke street mall have nothing but the best shops! also, Uni Hill has really good factory outlets! thoroughly reccomend!

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“Christmas time in the City”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

My husband and I spent two days at Docklands for pre Christmas and ventured into the Bourke Street Mall and beyond for some Christmas Shopping.The weather was perfect. The atmosphere great. Long lines for the Myer Christmas windows.Plenty of families and shoppers out and about.Love the look of the near new Myer store.Something different from the usual shopping centres. A very enjoyable day out.

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