Shopping, Entertainment & More on a Budget

Melbourne bargains

Melbourne is well known as the shopping and entertainment capital of Australia, but what’s not so well known is the incredibly diversity of places to shop and be entertained for far less than you would expect to spend.  Here are just a few ideas that will not put too much of a dent in your holiday budget:

Half Tix – choose from the daily changing list of live shows playing in town, but don’t pay full price for your seat.  Half Tix sells heavily discounted tickets on the day of the performance.  Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston St, Melbourne City.

Mag Nation – got some time to spare, enjoy a lazy afternoon browsing the shelves at Mag Nation, with over 4,000 magazine titles in stock there is surely one or two that will take your interest, and the best thing about it is that you don’t have to buy! 88 Elizabeth St, Melbourne City.

Factory Outlet Stores – Melbourne is truly spoilt for choice when it comes to factory outlets.  Start with the massive DFO South Wharf complex, follow that up with a short tram ride to the famous outlet strip in Bridge Road, Richmond.  If that’s not enough, Smith Street in Collingwood should definitely fulfil your needs.

Comedy Night @ 5 Boroughs Comedy – Laugh Out Loud at 5 Boroughs’ weekly Thursday night comedy show ($12 entry).  367 Little Bourke St, Melbourne City.

The Junk Company – an eclectic mix of second hand wares, some are a little worn and weathered, but the super bargains are worth the effort.  583 Elizabeth St, Melbourne City.

Red Stitch Actor’s Theatre – an intimate theatre that stages Australian and international plays with a talented ensemble of actors including Kat Stewart of ‘Underbelly’ and ‘Offspring’ fame.  2 Chapel St, St Kilda.

Markets – grab a bargain at Queen Victoria Markets, and even if you’re not in the mood for spending – the food hall is a gourmet ‘window shoppers’ delight with free samplings often available.  Elizabeth St, Melbourne City.

Chapel St Bazaar – chock a block full of second hand gems, everything from furniture to home-wares and jewellery.  You could get lost in here for hours on end.  217 Chapel St, Prahran.