Cross heaps of bargains at Bridge Road

Melbourne has a well deserved reputation for its fashion and shopping outlets, and one of the very best places to indulge in a love of fashion at very affordable prices is Bridge Road in Richmond, one of Melbourne’s inner city suburbs.

You can spend hours wandering through the shops on Bridge Road, where many major brands have their clearance houses.

Brands such as Country Road, Esprit, Jeans West, Just Jeans, Rivers, Salvador and Polly, Cotton On and many more line the street.  As are the designer’s stores include Anthea Crawford, Feast, David Lawrence, Geoff Bade and Sass & Bide mean that you will be overwhelmed by the amount of choice available.

For those who love their music, at 358 Bridge Road you’ll find The $10 Music Man where you can choose from thousands of cut price CDs, or, at the other extreme is The Violineri which deals with anything to do with the violin family of instruments.

Bridge Road is not all about shopping, though.  It is classified as a Heritage Area as its history dates back to 1837.  The many clothes shops and cafes that now exist were once hay and corn stores, groceries, tinsmiths, hotels, factories and butchers and also surgeries.

As if the shopping on Bridge Road wasn’t enough, the shops continue along Swan Street and Church Street is the place to go for designer furniture and objects d’art.    

Nearby Victoria Street, or Little Saigon, is the heart of Melbourne’s Vietnamese community. Wander among the long stretch of eateries, bakeries, butchers, fishmongers and grocers and grab a bite along the way.  It’s all pretty casual, but that lack of formality keeps prices down.

If you’re a visitor to Melbourne, Bridge Road is very easy to reach from the city centre.  Just take the 75 tram in Flinders Street or the 48 tram from Collins Street to take you down Bridge Road.  Bridge Road is close to the city so if you do decide to go on foot it is a lovely walk just wander down Flinders Street and Wellington Parade past the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens and the historic MCG.

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