It’s December, and that means hearts around Melbourne will now be beating harder and faster from thoughts of festive season to-dos, shopping lists and events. Be still, beating hearts. The Christmas Shopping Night in the laneways on Thursday 10 December will be serving live music, DJs, food and drinks to make your Christmas shopping feel more like a celebration. Here are some ideas on where to head on the night.
Around the Flinders Quarter you’ll find plenty happening. Tucked in City Square, La Vita Buona will be holding their annual ‘bin end’ wine clearance, with cheese tastings from Cornelius Cheese from 5pm. On Degraves Street, you can head in to The Little Bookroom to browse the children’s titles at the 50-year-old book store, and enjoy tastings of local treats at Clementine’s Fine Food & Gifts. If you still have room for a meal after you’ve sampled Clementine’s produce, head in to La Citta for a modern European dinner.
Performers and DJs will entertain you as you wander down Russell Place. While you’re there, you can pop in to Pieces of Eight Gallery to browse jewellery and small art from more than 50 regional designers.
Centre Place is always abuzz with diners, buskers and wanderers, but on this occasion you’ll be able to experience even more. Pop in to Fokus for a drink, and at the same time enjoy a 10% discount for any purchases on the night, as well as a meet-the-designer event featuring award-winning designers, Lynette Klukas and Jane Reilly.
Bourke St Hill
If you’re headed north from Centre Place, feed your shopper’s belly with the ‘share the love’ menu at South East Asian hawker-style eatery Rice Paper Scissors for $55. It will keep you going. Hardware Lane Finally, for an after-dinner tipple, find comfort at Kirks Wine Bar. This simple, popular bar holds tonnes of charm, perfect to ease you into that much needed post-shopping calm.
Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be a bore. Let the city’s laneways make searching for Christmas gifts a Melbourne experience.