Christmas Shopping: Downtown Melbourne is is great destination for handmade gifts, such as soaps and lotions. It's also your best bet if the Christmas wish-list you're filling includes antique, vintage, repurposed, quirky or unusual tastes. Check out the annual Melbourne Fall Art Festival early November to get an early start on your holiday shopping. Here, you can find free concerts and more than 150 crafty vendors. You can also look for the Holiday Nights & Candlelight Shopping event, where stores stay open late, complete with candles, treats and carolers. In Melbourne, you'll find small town hospitality, tree-lined streets (palms, of course) and quaint sitting areas. Don't miss East New Haven Avenue, the main commercial drag, which features everything from antique shops to ladies boutiques. Don't miss Downtown Divas, the metro-inspired Swanky Sole for hot shoes and accessories and Re-Creations Consignment for gently used designer clothes.
Best Shopping: Small town hospitality exudes from the shops and restaurants that make up Melbourne's charming downtown area. Tree-lined streets (palms, of course) and quaint little sitting areas give downtown plenty of character, making it a great place to spend an afternoon. As for shopping, look to East New Haven Avenue, the main commercial drag, which features everything from antique shops to ladies boutiques. Downtown Melbourne is a great choice if you want something handmade, such as soaps or lotions, or you are shopping for the antique, vintage, repurposed or quirky. Fashionistas: Don't miss Downtown Divas and the metro-inspired Swanky Sole for hot shoes and accessories.