Glossy international fashion brands, barnstorming local labels and boutique malls with magnificant architecture collide to form Collins Street's reputation as a high-end utopia. Here's where to shop, eat and drink along this ultra-elegant inner-city strip.
The "Paris End"—as the eastern end of Collins Street towards Spring Street is referred to—is home to luxury fashion houses such as Celine, the cult French label that opened its (stunning) first Australian standalone store here earlier this year. A-ESQUE is the bespoke accessories brand of original Mimco founder Amanda Briskin-Rettig. The meticulously hand-crafted bags are made in the brand's own Melbourne atelier. For a neat, curated selection of labels, head to St. Collins Lane, a grand and sophisticated mall stretching between Collins and Little Collins Streets.
Collins Street's penchant for refinement is just as evident in its dining scene.Many of Melbourne's favourite restaurants are conveniently condensed along this strip. Included on this list is Mamasita, a local institution with a widespread reputation for Instagrammable modern Mexican food. Founded by "My Kitchen Rules" 2016 winners Tasia and Gracia Seger, Makan is arguably the best place in the city to sample the vibrant, richly flavoured cuisine of Bali.
Occupying a stately Victorian terrace, Collins Quarter is not so much a pub as it is a spectrum of experiences, ranging from intimate nook bars to fairy-lit courtyards and polished dining rooms. More morning-friendly beverages can be found at Sensory Lab, a tucked-away café that has the streamlined, minimalist aesthetic of a futuristic spaceship, pastries from some of Melbourne's best bakeries and seriously (seriously) good coffee.