Regardless of your income bracket or current wishlist, we can all appreciate a bargain. Those red sale tags represent money back in our pocket, and sometimes they allow us to have a foray into brands that were previously out of reach. Here at Around Melbourne, we quality outlet shopping in Melbourne. We have personally visited each of these stores to the detriment of our own wallets and wardrobe space. If you want to add some new pieces to your wardrobe or you are looking for something specific – here are some great and affordable places to look.
92 Bridge Road, Richmond
Gorman is a Melbourne-made brand that has captured the attention of women who love bright prints and quality clothes. The problem is, Gorman can be quite a pricey brand due to their reputation. Gorman Surprise in Richmond is one of our favourite spots for outlet shopping in Melbourne. Here you will find clothing, outwear, shoes, swimwear, accessories and homewares. What you see will depend on when you go, but expect recent and older seasons and great variety in sizing. Unlike the full-priced Gorman boutiques, Gorman Surprise is dense with the product so be prepared to have a dig around for your size. We hope you find something bold and beautiful you love!
94 Cubitt Street, Cremorne
Zimmermann’s beautiful designs make us wish for an eternal summer, although the prices of their garments are not accessible to all. Fortunately, the Zimmermann outlet shopping in Melbourne is a studio warehouse-environment with a number of racks containing recent and past seasons. One thing that struck us about the store is that there is a large volume of their signature silk dresses (wrap-around, floor-length and cocktail style). This could make it a great place to visit if you are looking for bridesmaid dresses. You will also find shoes, bags, swimwear and some kids clothing. Once again, it is hard to know when the best time to visit is – so keep this store in regular rotation so you can really score a bargain!
The Nike Company Store
134 Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne
Now you might be thinking that this Nike outlet store is at South Wharf DFO, but The Nike Company Store can be found in the suburbs of South Melbourne. The store is by invite-only, with new and old stock sold at a reduced price of about 20-30% off (with many saying it is at wholesale cost). So, how do you get an invite to this exclusive store? Nike employees are allowed to give visitor passes to the store, and certain gyms and clubs also incentivise members with frequent access to the store. The store was originally established to provide Nike employees and partners with current Nike stock at a reduced price, so it is worth the effort to get a pass.
122/126 Swan Street, Richmond
It can be hard to find a quality pair of shoes without spending more than you would like. Wittner has dominated the shoe market for many years, with many of us clambering to their Boxing Day sales to grab a sale. The Wittner Outlet on Swan Street is an unassuming store with a good range of heels, sandals and boots, many heavily discounted and in perfect condition. The timeless styles won’t always be there as they tend to sell well in full-priced stores, but you will still get a huge variety in different sizes. If you have a very large or very small shoe size, then you might be in luck and walk out with brand-new shoes for next to nothing as these are the sizes that tend to stick around longest.
Simone Pérèle Outlet
263 Brunswick Road, Brunswick
A great bra can change everything, and if you manage to find one then you probably bought one in nude, white and black. The problem is, quality bras do cost a lot. Simone Pérèle is a premium retailer who caters to bigger-bust women who struggle to find something flattering and functional. In Brunswick, you will find the Simone Pérèle Outlet near Princes Park with free parking close by. This is one of the lesser-known outlet shopping in Melbourne, and you might get lucky and walk away with some timeless bras for day-to-day or something a little more special.
Centre outlet shopping in Melbourne
Beyond the dedicated brand stores above, Melbourne is also home to a number of outlet shopping centres in Melbourne. Each of these centres carries different brands and so you can tailor your trips so that you are visiting the best centre outlet shopping in Melbourne for you. Here are some of the best and biggest ones to visit:
DFO South Wharf
This is the centre that most Melbournians and visitors know, as it is located right on the Yarra River and is an open plan expanse making it a great day out. DFO South Wharf includes the usual suspects of brands, with a special mention to sass & bide, adairs, JB HI-FI Home, Kate Spade, MICHAEL KORS and Pandora. If possible, try and tram it into DFO South Wharf as it is hard to get a park and you may be paying $30+ for the park. You can also have lunch or dinner at the many restaurants and bars in the South Wharf Promenade area, many of which are award-winning including General Assembly and Melbourne Public.
If you live in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, you may find DFO Essendon to be a closer journey than South Wharf. This outlet shopping in Melbourne centre is part of a bigger shopping precinct with home and hardware stores right next door. DFO Essendon is a circle shape so that you can make your way through the entire centre and see all the shops before coming out the way you came in. This makes the shopping experience easier than South Wharf which is three levels and broken into different complexes – the parking is also free at DFO Essendon. Don’t plan to have lunch at DFO Essendon unless you are happy with Subway and other outlets of that variety. Our favourite retailers here are Oroton, HUGO BOSS, Ralph Lauren and Guess.
Spencer Outlet Centre
The Spencer outlet centre is by far the most central as it is located in the CBD on Spencer Street. This outlet shopping in Melbourne has perplexed Melbournians for some time, as it’s a large complex that occupies a large space without too much foot traffic. That said, the Spencer Outlet Centre stores speak for themselves and are home to some great discounted retailers. If you plan to make a day of it, you can visit the department stores and boutiques on Bourke and Collins Street, or cross the river to go straight to DFO South Wharf to continue your outlet shopping in Melbourne.
Outlet shopping in Melbourne is only getting better and better, so be sure to check back in to see which new retailers and centres we have added to our list. Before you start grabbing those bargains, read our blog article about capsule wardrobes so you get exactly what you need. If you prefer to find local handmade goods over a bargain, be sure to learn more about Melbourne leather designer, Harrisson Australia.
Drop a comment if we have missed your favourite outlet shopping in Melbourne!