It’s not just about lunch

By Sarah Harrison

In Melbourne, lunchtime means more than munch time.

In the country’s fashion capital, get retail-inspired in your lunch break with some of our city’s independent, local and oh-so-full-of-character fashion stores.

Et Al

Find Et Al on Flinders Lane for women’s fashion designed in Melbourne from a passion around workmanship that emanates contemporary, eccentric style while complementing the female form.

Pick up a unique piece that reflects your own personality in a sophisticated space that is artistic and expressive.

Lady Petrova

We know Melburnians love their black, but Lady Petrova provides relief from the drab monotony with garments that are functional yet full of character for the dreary cooler days.

Her pieces are bright, light and fun with elegance, femininity and a touch of the ethereal.

Step into another world and into some colour at Lady Petrova, down Scott Alley.

Madame Virtue

One for the label lovers, take a step back in time at Madame Virtue down Crossely St at Melbourne’s top end.

Featuring Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter, new and vintage, hand-selected pieces are at the ready for you to admire and behold.

Pick yourself up a vintage Chanel, book an appointment for a personalised fitting, or indulge in a new season Alexander McQueen. Exquisite.

Lord Coconut

With pieces exclusively designed for gentlemen, Lord Coconut is more than an accessory store for the guys.

Along with individual jewellery items, designer cufflinks, lapel pins, tie bars and rings, browse through a hand-selected range of artworks from sculpture to interesting taxidermy.


Fact: the sun still shines in autumn (hooray!).

Finish your look with a pair of sunglasses that reflects your Melbourne personality and style.

FOKUS is an independent eyewear boutique for men and women, offering optical frames and sunglasses plus locally designed and crafted accessories.

Love vintage? Love timber?

These frames and more are waiting for you down at Centre Place.


 Erikas at 437 Little Collins St is more than just a brooch bazaar.  

Proprietor Hilda has a great eye for original women’s fashion and stocks an eclectic mix of styles. 

Drop in at lunchtime and you might just find that something really special you were looking for.

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