Lunar Store

This adorable space belongs to Jules Unwin, who fills it up with her favourite things. It’s a great place to score quirky, offbeat design objects by both local and foreign artisans. Snoop around and you might find anything from Danish earthenware pencil holders to Melbourne-made ceramic necklaces and pooch-themed pouches from LA. Fun, contemporary, yet…

Readings

A potter around this defiantly prosperous indie bookshop can occupy an entire afternoon if you’re so inclined. There’s a dangerously loaded (and good-value) specials table and switched-on, helpful staff. Just next door is its speciality children’s store. HOURS 9am-11pm Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm Sun CONTACT http://www.readings.com.au LOCATION 309 Lygon St Melbourne, Australia

ArtBoy Gallery

ArtBoy displays the talent of up-and-coming and established Melbourne artists. Artworks are affordable, unique and edgy, ranging from stencil to abstract, pop and photography. Even the gallery’s rear roller door is a showcase for local creativity, with a feline-themed aerosol portrait by street artist Silly Sully. To see it, head around the corner onto Porter…

Footscray Market

Across from the station, this place is loud, pungent, and chock-a-block with food: meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, deli goods and a whole lot of stuff that may be new to you. Various international cuisines are available from the outlets that circle the main market space. HOURS 7am-4pm Tue, Wed & Sat, to 6pm Thu &…

Craft Victoria

This retail arm of Craft Victoria showcases handmade goods, mainly by Victorian artists and artisans. Its range of jewellery, textiles, accessories, glass and ceramics bridges the art–craft divide and makes for some wonderful mementos of Melbourne. There are also a few galleries with changing exhibitions; admission is free HOURS 11am-6pm Mon-Sat CONTACT http://www.craft.org.au 03-9650 7775…

Third Drawer Down

It all started with its signature tea-towel designs (now found in MoMA in New York) at this ‘museum of art souvenirs’. It makes life beautifully unusual by stocking absurdist pieces with a sense of humour as well as high-end art by well-known designers. Giant watermelon stools sit next to Yayoi Kusama’s ceramic plates and scarves…