* This will be updated from time to time as I discover more great products! *
It was 2014 that I discovered ‘shopping small’ when introduced to a campaign my credit card provider was running. As a girl who grew up heading to the local supermarket in the big mall, so it was eye opening to see the savings when my housemate and I decided to buy our fresh produce from our local market in South Melbourne. Our wallets were happier, the food was tastier than supermarket bought (and lasted twice as long!) and it just felt good heading down to the market each weekend.
While my housemate may have long returned to Adelaide, it’s still a tradition I try to keep going. Now plied with a coffee or brunch as my weekly treat!
Since that time, I’ve been looking for more ways to help support Australian businesses, in particular Victorian businesses. While I’ll never give up certain treats (I was raised on South Australian Menz FruChocs and Haighs, and they’re hard to quit!), I have been making a conscious effort to buy local for more than just food.
So, I wanted to share some of my favourite places to shop and pick up a little bit of Melbourne to take home or share with your friends, whether you call this great city home or live afar.
Guidebooks & Travel Gear
What every traveller needs and needs to know!
- CITIx60 Melbourne City Guide – this guide books brings together the ideas of 60 local Melburnian creatives to share the best of the city. A great guidebook for both visitors and Melburnians alike!
- Korjo – it’s likely you’ll have seen their travel adaptors in stores around the world, but this Victorian brand sells a huge range of travel accessories.
- Lonely Planet – It all started in Melbourne, and while they are no longer Australian owned, they are Australian proud.
Health & Beauty
Here are just a few of the people who keep Melburnians looking good and feeling great.
- Aesop – aaaa http://www.aesop.com/au/about_aesop/
- Jack & Jill Kids – toothpaste
- Grown Alchemist – adadada
- Kester Black – adadadad
- MOR – local girls – Alex, Kate and Hayley – are known for creating bright, beautiful, bedding!
- Natio – founded in melbs in 1992 – mineral foundation = awesome
We aren’t called the fashion capital without good reason!
- Christian Kimber – Christian Kimber British-born designer Christian Kimber established his business in Melbourne in 2011. He specialises in chukka boots and tassel loafers; all shoes are available made to order and come in at a very accessible price!
- FME Apparel – adada
- Imonni – aaaa
- Matičevski – aaa
- Mollini – adadadaad
- Nicholas – adadaad
- Pageant – adadaa
- Per-Tim – adadaada
- Otto & Spike (socks) – local girls – Alex, Kate and Hayley – are known for creating bright, beautiful, bedding!
- Rouda – aaa
- Tiger Mist – adaad
- Thursday, Sunday – denium
- Verner – adada
- Witu – adada
Want to shop Melbourne’s boutiques? The Weekly Review put together this fab list!
Stationary & Notebooks
Whether you love to doodle, stay organised or write notes; great stationary is a must!
- La La Land – these guys have some seriously cool greeting cards, posters, homewares and stationery that support locals and international artists. Best of all, everything is high quality and eco-friendly!
With food this good, sometimes I wonder how us Melburnians fit into our skinny jeans…
- Rooftop Honey – aaaa
With world class vineyards on the cities doorstep and a rise in craft distilleries, I’ve got the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a tipple!
- Four Pillars Gin – small batch gin with a distillery in ??. As seen onboard Qantas!
- Little Creatures Brewery – while this is a WA based company, Little Creatures does have a brewery making their ???? in Geelong!
Tea & Coffee
While Melbourne may be known for its coffee, you can’t beat a good cuppa tea!
- Axil Coffee Roasters – adadad
- Chai Walli – I was a chai convert after tasting Chai Walli! Their teas are award-winning, small batch, handmade, organic where possible. For the most chai-sessed among us, there are even Chai Candles, available on the website!
- Cuppa and Co. – A Melbourne based brother and sister duo comes delicious loose leaf teas in the prettiest packaging – perfect for gifts! I recommend their ‘Little Earl’ (Black Tea with a hint of Bergamot) and ‘Cheeky Chai’ blends.
- Dukes Coffee Roasters – adadada
- McIver’s Coffee & Tea Merchants – If you’ve visited the Queen Victoria Markets, you can’t miss the window full of teapots outside McIvers. No matter what your drink of choice is, McIver’s has you covered. Be sure to try their two Australian sourced coffees. If you prefer tea, I personally recommend the Vic Market Mornings or Tramtracker.
Address: McIver’s Queen Victoria Market, Stall 101/102 Dairy Hall || McIver’s North, 137 Dawson St, Brunswick West, Victoria 3055
- Perfect South – did you know you can grow green tea in Australia? That’s right! Perfect South do so in Victoria’s North-East following traditional Japanese methods to create high quality and smooth tasting without the bitterness. It was even served at Attica (in the World’s Top 50 Restaurants) until they began making their own in-house tisanes.
- St Ali Coffee Roasters – adadad
- Yarra Valley Tea Co. – award winning tea in the cutest packaging? Yes, please! Based in Coldstream, at the entrance to the Yarra Valley, the Yarra Valley Tea Co. offer certified organic whole leaf teas, tisanes, and teawares. I picked up their ‘Think Straight‘ tisane which is great warm or iced!
Address: Yarra Valley Tea Co., Ship 15/4 North Gateway, Coldstream, VIC, 3770
You can travel far and wander near but your heart will always be at home.
- Kip & Co – local girls – Alex, Kate and Hayley – are known for creating bright, beautiful, bedding!
- Red Tractor Designs –
- Rodriguez –
- The Linen Press –
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