Quality Hotel Downtowner on Lygon
66 Lygon Street
Melbourne, VI 3053
Phone: (61) 3 96635555
Fax: (61) 3 96623308
Combining the design skills of Designs Australia, the creative abilities of over 100 Australian craftspeople and the natural beauty of Australian timbers, results in unique, individual, contemporary furniture that is totally Australian. Custom made entertainment units, dining settings and sideboards, shelving and storage units, bedroom furniture, office furniture and furniture accessories are a specialty. Working with a respect for Australian resources and a commitment to using non-toxic finishes, this company's showroom is well worth a visit.
Visual imaging is serious business at Vanbar, which makes this store a paradise for photographers and visual connoisseurs alike. Ilford, Agfa, Lee filters, Polaroid, Nikon, Luxmen lighting, Kaiser, Fujifilm are just some of the brands you can find here. Vanbar claims to be Australia's largest distributor of professional photographic and digital imaging products; a bold statement to make. With 12,000 products available through the on-line shop though, this statement is quite possibly true. Ask about a Vanbar VIP card and receive discounts on stock.
Curds and Whey stocks an amazing selection of regional Australian dairy produce. Huge blocks of freshly churned butter, both salted and unsalted, sit at the front of the counter. Cheeses include traditional blue, brie, bocconcini and parmesan. Specialty cheeses, such as sheep and goat feta and chèvre, sit alongside Gippsland double cream and sheep's milk yoghurt. Vegetarians might like to try the low-fat, rennet-free havarti in plain, pepper or sweet chilli flavors. Daily specials and tastings are featured.
All the art materials you could ever need, specialty papers, surfaces, fine art, craft, graphics and framing, as well as easel hire, books, videos, folios, workshops, demonstrations, canvas stretching and a sensational open space gallery for hire can be found at Eckersleys. A mail order catalog is available if it is too difficult to visit in person.
A comprehensive selection of art supplies from all over the globe, Melbourne Artists' Supplies will bend over backwards to source exactly what you need, if it is not in stock already. They are newly situated in the city, close to the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and, as a result, cater well to student customers. However, you will find another Melbourne Artists' Supplies store which has been operating for 12 years at 916 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin, opposite Moorabbin Railway Station. Ask about their mail order and delivery service.
Paperbacks, hardcovers, pulp fiction, high-brow literature, academic texts, children's books, coffee-table tomes, pocket dictionaries--whatever you need the Carlton Bookshop probably has it. With eight rooms of shelves, Carlton Secondhand Books boasts of being Melbourne's largest second-hand bookshop, with the widest range of material. Located right on the upper reaches of Swanston Street, almost opposite the main campus of the University of Melbourne, its prime site means that it gets a steady stream of customers, either on lunch breaks from City office towers or looking for university texts to cram with!
Topped with a giant golf ball, it is hard to miss the main city store of this Melbourne-wide chain. Offering a wide range of golfing gear, clothing and shoes for men and women, as well as golf-related gifts and accessories, this store is hard to beat in terms of its range. It even boasts a small indoor putting green to try out your potential purchases and free customer parking. Other branches are located in Kew, Preston, Frankston, Knox, Dandenong and Cheltenham. Call ahead to know more.
With a huge range of all manner of boating gear and accessories, this store is a great place to stop off before you head for the waves. Everything from compasses and wet weather gear to specialist boating hardware and the like is available. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and happy to give advice on which equipment is most suitable for you and your vessel. The store also offers free tide timetables for throughout Victoria.
Nothing attracts people more than the prospect of a bargain. Combine that with a vibrant mix of cultures, a century of history and you have a full day's activities in one location. There is plenty on offer here; from meat, fish, vegetables and fruit to aromatherapy, arts and crafts and bargain clothing. There are also regular lectures by leading chefs and market tours; check website for updated program. Built in 1878, the Market comprises several classified historic buildings meaning that its future is certain to be protected, much to the relief of the 130,000 shoppers that visit every week. Admission is free.
The huge Sanity chain includes 30 stores around Victoria, one of them located at the Latrobe Street outlet. While you are there, check out the vast range of club vinyl, DJ and recording equipment, and exclusive Pioneer packs.
Browsers are welcome to explore Hyland's Bookshop and its incredible range of books and videos on all subjects related to the military and transportation, including aviation, military and maritime history, shooting, hunting and related subjects. The transport section covers railways, buses, trams, tractors, trucks, fire engines and canals. Model makers and re-enactment hobbyists will enjoy searching through the comprehensive range of reference material to ensure authenticity. The knowledgeable staff is happy to answer inquiries, and there is a search service for out-of-print books. Hyland's offers discounts for students, libraries, schools and all military, historical and transport clubs and societies.
In the heart of Melbourne's Little Italy, you will find this Carlton institution. Established as a coffee roasting shop by a homesick migrant from Verona, Italy in 1962, it grew to become a coffee shop and retailer of imported coffee beans from around the world. Hessian sacks are rolled back to reveal traditional full-flavored coffee beans from Brazil, Colombia and New Guinea. It also stocks imported chocolates, herbal teas, coffee pots and tea and coffee accessories. Grinders Coffee House tempts the nose and tantalizes the palate.