Winter on Bourke Hill July 21 2015, 0 Comments


Melbourne does winter well, and does it in style too! Rather than waiting out the cold, Melbourne decides to take the winter chill head on, and that’s exactly what we are doing at Melbournalia!

For those who haven’t been in recently, our store is now kitted out with a great new window display by Otto and Spike, featuring their much loved, locally made knitwear.

Start off your evening with a steaming bowl of minestrone at Pellegrini’s a few doors along, browse through some great book collections at The Paperback Books, and come on in to check out our window display, new knitwear in stock, and celebrate winter on Bourke Hill.

Rennie Ellis Rocks Melbourne Fashion! Friday August 29 6-8pm August 23 2014, 0 Comments


Sharpies, 1973, Rennie Ellis


Rennie Ellis photographed Melbourne's fashionable underground from the 1970s to the 1990s. To celebrate Melbourne Spring Fashion Week we're projecting images from his books Decade and Decadent into the street. We'll also be carefully creating an 70's and 80's themed playlist for your enjoyment inside the store. Dressing the part is encouraged!

To help transform your own wardrobe we've curated some Rennie Ellis inspired looks in collaboration with Melbourne labels Emily Green, The Dusty Caravan, Kester Black, Elizabeth Milsom and Otto and Spike. As well as our photography slideshow, Musician Amy Pollock will be performing outside The Job Warehouse (where Melbourne's fashion designers shopped for more than 50 years) throughout the evening. 

Join us as part of the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) Opening Night Shop-Hop Events for a glass of bubbly, fashion and photography in store from 6-8pm (before proceeding to the other Shop-Hop Stops open until 10pm). Opening night attendees have the chance to enter the Shop-Hop To Win competition by checking in to two or more Shop-Hop stops
Visit the MSFW website to plan your night. 


Chai Parade, Chasers, 1980, Rennie Ellis


New window opening: The Dusty Caravan jewellery July 18 2014, 0 Comments

Join us from 6pm Wednesday 23 July as we enter the sublime and surreal world ofThe Dusty Caravan. Hollie M Kelley will transform the Liverpool St windows into an aviary of whimsy, showcasing her latest works in brass, glass, leather and feather.  

Kelley makes all Dusty Caravan jewellery by hand in her studio in a former printing factory in Richmond, and all her materials are ethically sourced: the brass, sterling silver and gold is reclaimed; the vintage glass is dead stock; the feathers are either naturally shed from her own birds and chickens or sourced from cruelty-free suppliers; and all leather is recycled. Even the packaging is locally made from sustainably sourced materials. 

On Wednesday night we'll be serving mulled wine and hot nuts, and afterwards we encourage you to hit the town for Nite Art - the city's annual after-dark choose your own artventure of more than 40 art sites in the CBD. 

20% off beanies Thursday night 26 June June 24 2014, 0 Comments

Melbourne gifts souvenirs beanies


Knitted in the back streets of Brunswick, Otto & Spike knitwear is made from Australian merino lambswool, beautifully designed and toasty warm. Otto & Spike beanies come in a range of styles to suit the modern Melbournian. 

This Thursday night, we're offering 20% off beanies to help get you through the winter chill. You can even pick your own pom pom to match - and sip on a steamy and delicious Mork hot chocolate too!

Om Nom Pom Pom beanie sale
6-8pm Thursday 26 June

Shop 5, 50 Bourke St Melbourne

Choose your winter scarf June 03 2014, 0 Comments



Our pals Kirstie and Robbie from Brunswick's Otto & Spike popped in last week to knit a giant scarf for our window showcasing more than 50 different scarf styles now available in store and online - from Otto & Spike's extra-wide, extra-long Bond andBrioche scarves, micron wool tram and bike scarves, circle scarves and wool neckties to Uimi's Polly short scarves and Elizabeth Milsom's silk and chiffon scarves too. Yes, there's a lot to choose from at Melbournalia!

Festival of Steve May 13 2014, 0 Comments

Having done good by their mums, Melbourne's men are in for a treat on 24 May when the Festival of Steve returns to that most friendly of gentlemen's clubs, the Kelvin Club. 

Tucked down the end of Melbourne Pl near the corner of Russell & Lt Collins Sts, the Kelvin Club is resplendent in wood-panelling, leather club lounges, billiards tables, dim lighting and a sense of secret society. Most inclusively, women are welcome too. 

On 24 May, Melbourne's independent retailers will take over the joint for a men's shopping event focused on fashion, quality local goods, grooming, music and informative lectures on how to win at billiards, work a poker face, and taste the past while drinking scotch whisky. ARIA-nominated Jason Walker will perform, Carl Nave will advise how to select the right suit, and V&J Menswear will survey styling and grooming through the ages. 

Melbournalia gents Dale Campisi and Michael Brady will be there with a specially curated men's edit of local goods, including new scarves, ties and beanies from Otto & Spike; shoelaces by Mavericks; and must-have books from Hardie Grant, Arcade and Thames & Hudson. Plus free tips on where else to eat, drink and shop around town.

Festival of Steve

12-8pm Saturday 24 May

Kelvin Club, Melbourne Pl, Melbourne

Easter opening hours April 18 2014, 0 Comments

We'll be open for most of Easter so you can come in and pick up a chocolate bilby, a sweet Ingrid Tufts easter egg and cup gift set and browse our range of great Melbourne products, including a bunch of new ones!

Good Friday 17 April: CLOSED
Easter Saturday 18 April: 11am - 5pm
Easter Sunday 19 April: 11am - 5pm
Easter Monday 20 April: 11am - 5pm
Anzac Day Friday 25 April: 12pm - 5pm

Wishing you a happy and safe Easter break from the Melbournalia team : )

Mork Chocolate: Salted Honeycomb! April 09 2014, 0 Comments

Be the first to taste the new Mork Chocolate: Salted Honeycomb in store at Melbournalia from 2pm this Saturday 12 April. 

In their latest collaboration, this time with chef Shaun Quade (The Dial; ex-Quay, Royal Mail, Urbane), Mork Chocolate have made an exquisite Salted Honeycomb drinking chocolate that combines 70% original dark chocolate with delicious pieces of salted coconut blossom honeycomb to melt into your chocolate or have on the side.

It's a perfect match and you're gonna love it. 

Mork Chocolate tasting
from 2pm Saturday 12 April 
RSVP here to get reminded

Free shipping in April April 04 2014, 0 Comments

That's right, the shipping's on us when you spend $80 or more in our online store at
Offer available within Australia for the month of April.
Check out our Shipping page for more info about our global shipping rates. 

March into Melbournalia this month March 09 2014, 0 Comments

The city goes a little crazy in March with festival fever right across town. There's the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Moomba, Fashion Festival, International Flower & Garden Show and Queer Film Festival.

Of course, we know Melbourne's cool all year round. Dale rounded up a few of his fave hangouts for the current issue of Qantas's inflight magazine The Australian Way, including fellow Bourke Hill locals Rosa's Kitchen and rooftop bar Siglo. Read the article here

March is a special month on Bourke Hill as the plane trees begin their annual fall and the amber light drenches the city streets with its final flush of summer sun. Pop in and say g'day on your next mosey about town, or make a beeline for the store to see what's new

Among the sweetest new stock is Andy Walker and Gabriela Holland's Pop Plant concrete pots (pictured above). After moving into an inner city flat in 2012, they began to crave some greenery and slowly began to fill their home with indoor plants. It didn’t take long before they became incurable plantaholics.

Needing vessels to home their ever-increasing collection, they began to experiment with concrete to create their own planters. Their espresso collection above repurposes used takeaway coffee cups as casts. A little colour et voila - Melbourne's most stylish pots were created! Perfect for low maintenance succulents or even an indigenous creepy violet or daisy from our range of seedlings available in store. 

Floretta pop-up for Valentine's Day February 03 2014, 0 Comments

Valentine's Day dinner plans on Bourke Hill or planning a romantic stroll around the neighbourhood? Pop by Melbournalia beforehand to pick up your fresh flowers by Floretta.

Floretta is the new business of Grace Camobreco Reyes. Combining her creative background in the arts, graphic design (previously Co-owner & Creative Director of Taylor & Grace), branding and her obsession with flowers, Grace's arrangements combine colour and organic nature to stunning effect. She brings this passion to her work as a floral and botanical designer, always working collaboratively with her clients to ensure the stunning results exceed expectations.

This Friday, Grace will pop-up in store at Melbournalia with fresh flower posies in mason jars, with prices starting at $15. Available while stock lasts. 

In store we also have Mork chocolate (perfect for sharing), Able & Game's cute and quirky cards, and many more of your favourite local goods.

Visit us on Facebook before 6pm Thursday 13 February and you could win a $150 local lovers prize pack, including $100 worth of flowers courtesy Floretta and $50 worth of drinking chocolate courtesy Mork Chocolate. 

Floretta pop-up

5-8pm Friday 14 February

Shop 5, 50 Bourke St Melbourne 


Bourke Hill - you're gonna love it January 31 2014, 0 Comments

Laneways, restaurants, bars, cafes, books and music, local goods, souvenirs, art, bespoke fashion, heritage buildings and a rich history – Bourke Hill has something for everyone.

Bourke Hill is experiencing something of a second coming, with seven new businesses opening in the historic precinct in late 2013. These are: local goods and souvenir store Melbournalia (that's us!); the Spring Street Grocer and its gelateria; restaurants Rice Paper Scissors and Ruyi; Seven Seeds offshoot The Traveller; a new rooftop bar by the guys behind Loop and a new pizza bar by the guys at Mess Hall. There’s a real buzz about the place again, and locals and visitors are lapping it up.

Chosen as the site for parliament for its commanding outlook across the city, Bourke Hill is the city’s crown. Parliament House and St Patrick’s Cathedral tower over the city, and in its lee on Spring Street are the iconic Princess Theatre and Windsor Hotel – both charming examples of the city’s lavish Gold Rush architecture. Spring Street bustles with café goers, long lunchers, and gelato lovers too.

Leafy Bourke Street and its picturesque lanes are home to some of the city’s best shopping, including bespoke fashion on Crossley Street; books, music, local goods, souvenirs, contemporary and indigenous art on Bourke St; and modern pan-Asian restaurants on Liverpool Street. You’ll find more great bars and restaurants on Meyers Place, and numerous others hidden away on rooftops and around corners too, including everyone’s favourite Madame Brussels.

There are great photo opportunities out front of iconic Pellegrinis – one of the first cafes to serve espresso coffee in Melbourne – and down any of the lanes off Bourke Street. The historic Job Warehouse, one of the oldest buildings on the city grid, is a favourite among photographers for its rustic Parisian charm. Celebrity chef Guy Grossi and his family run three restaurants here – upscale Florentino, classic Cellar Bar and casual Ombra – alfresco dining here is a quintessential Melbourne experience.

Chinatown is just half a block away, and with more than ten hotels located in the precinct, Bourke Hill is a great place to base yourself to explore the city or just take it easy.