A Stylish Stroll through The Arcade

Published on 06 August 2018

Sometimes you need to go off the beaten track to discover something truly special. In Melbourne, you never know what gems you’ll find hidden down its many laneways; and the same can be said for The Arcade here at Eastland. Located on Level 2, it’s home to some lesser known stores that are well worth a veer off your usual path.  

Tucked in The Arcade is a curated collection of boutique shops and concept spaces starring local and international artisans, experts and up-and-coming designers that break away from the norm. Always evolving, it is an eclectic mix of inspirational souls and stores that few may know, but for those that do – you’ll keep coming back for more.

Inspired by the laneways Melbourne is so famous for, The Arcade offers the same allure and intrigue – you never know what great new piece you might uncover next. It is the place you go when you’re looking for something unique, unexpected or that one treasure that is missing from your collection. From creative craftsmanship to makers with a flair for adding luxury to your wardrobe, home and beyond, something special can always be found in The Arcade.

The Rooms

The Arcade is playing host to an exciting new retail experience that places Victoria’s emerging designers, makers and creators at its heart. Inspired by the shoppable apartment concept first launched in New York, The Rooms is like a film set of an ultra-stylish home in which everything you see is for sale. You can shop the luxury soaps by the sink in the Bath zone, take some locally made preserves from the fridge in the Kitchen zone, pick a one-off piece off the wall in the Art zone or try on a handmade garment hanging in the wardrobe of the Wear zone.

The four interactive and ever-changing rooms contain the wares of around 50 artisans who you might otherwise have to trawl community markets around the country to find. As nothing on sale is mass produced, and some of these independent retailers are only in residence for a couple of months, we recommend you take a walk through The Rooms on a regular basis.

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The Rooms

Sisko Chocolate

Why settle for a chocolate bar when you can devour a cocoa masterpiece?! Sisko Chocolate has been Melbourne’s chocolate master since 2009 and continues to push the boundaries on what wonderful things can be created with the hero ingredient. Sisko Chocolate is probably best known for their chocolate flowers (their founder, Christina Tantsis happens to be a former floral designer), and are truly delicious works of art, although their chocolate spheres are equally impressive. It’s all about attention to detail, immaculate presentation and a flare for the unexpected. But if you’re less after wow factor and instead are seeking indulgence of the highest form, they deliver on that front, too. Be warned – all willpower to resist temptation will be lost at the door.

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Sisko Chocolates

2 plus A

The beauty industry isn’t the only one to have benefited from the creative minds coming out of Korea. 2 + A’s collections of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories take inspiration from Korean and South East Asian fashion to deliver the latest in international fashion trends before the rest of the world even catch on. Think cool finds, high quality yet reasonable prices so you can keep coming back for more.

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2+A

Artisan Home

Artisan Home has curated a stunning collection of handmade homewares and thoughtful lifestyle products. Discover hand blown glassware, artisan soap, earthy homewares, hand painted ceramics, crafted mirrors, selected prints from Australian artists, essential oils, Melbourne made candles and more. Designing and sourcing pieces that bring colour, design and joy into your home, Artisan Home invite you to experience the local and global makers' stories, and fill your home with new ones.

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Artisan Home