Day 7: Christmas shopping in Chinatown

Melbourne’s Chinatown might be known for its restaurants and out-of-the-way bars, but it’s well worth a visit for Christmas shopping too. We decided to to see what we could find in the way of stocking fillers, last-minute kris kringle presents and unusual gifts. Here’s what we found…

Chinatown entrance

Chinatown entrance (corner Little Bourke and Swanston Streets)

Chinatown stretches up Little Bourke Street from Swanston Street to Spring Street but you’ll find the colourful shops, restaurants and business of this long-established Melbourne community branching out into alleyways and arcades along the way. A great place to start is 206 Bourke Street, a multilevel arcade packed with restaurants and shops, including the quirkily-named Today Fashion Party, where we found these cute $20 slippers and soft toys from $28 to $58. It’s at shop 12, 206 Bourke Street.

Slippers and soft toys at Today Fashion Party

Slippers and soft toys – Today Fashion Party, Chinatown

Today Fashion Party interior

Today Fashion Party

A little further along is Yuki House, filled with pampering and personal grooming products of all shapes and sizes. We particularly liked their makeup kits and colourful nail polish jars.

Yuki House, in 206 Bourke Street, Chinatown

Yuki House, Chinatown

Yuki House Pure Glam kits

Yuki House Pure Glam kits

Yuki House nail polish detail

Yuki House nail polish, $9.95 each

Back in Little Bourke Street, there are plenty of indications the traders are getting into the Christmas spirit. We also noticed these great decorations on the way to the Chinese Museum and Visitor Centre, which is a perfect shopping pitstop if you’re interested in taking in some culture and history as well.

Chinatown Christmas decorations

Chinatown Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations, opposite the Chinese Mission Church building, Little Bourke Street

Chinatown Christmas decorations

Entrance to the Chinese Museum and Visitor Centre

Entrance to the Chinese Museum and Visitor Centre

Back on the shopping trail, in Mid City Arcade (200 Bourke Street), we stumbled on two great little stores. The first, Ha Ha Pty Ltd, stocks Chinese newspapers, magazines, DVDs and all manner of knick-knacks, including lucky cats. The other store is called Koomi, which stocks fashion and accessories, as well as this lucky crab holding a bunch of bok choi. It might be difficult to stuff into a stocking, though!

Ha Ha cat

Lucky cat ($18) at Ha Ha – Midcity Arcade, Chinatown

Koomi lucky crab

Lucky crab $388 at Koomi – Midcity Arcade, Chinatown

Back on Little Bourke Street we walked into China Town Gift City. How could you go wrong with a Chinese lantern (from $15) or this dragon-themed tea set?

Assorted lanterns at China Town Gift City, 198 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Assorted lanterns at China Town Gift City, 198 Little Bourke Street, Chinatown

Tea set, $45, at China Town Gift City, 198 Little Bourke Street, Chinatown

Tea set ($45) at China Town Gift City

Of course, we’ve just scratched the surface. Be sure to go exploring yourself and you’ll find all manner of interesting things. Let us know if you find anything special!

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