Shopping in the Mornington Peninsula pares back the experience to how it should be, but often isn’t amid the hustle and bustle of the city. That is to say, a relaxing, enjoyable, leisurely and social day out and about – a real treat for the senses. Feel the quality of custom-made, free-slowing beachwear, smell the fragrant lavender and citrus top notes of locally produced skincare products and hear the delighted babble of fellow shoppers and cafe-goers as they ramble through markets and village shopping strips.
Cruise along with the Peninsula pace and peruse an endless assortment of delights to spend your hard-earned holiday budget on. The vintage hub of Hastings will have you frocked up in the funkiest retro fashions, Frankston might present you with that perfect piece of original art to adorn your lounge room, Sorrento can show you how to deck out your abode with coastal style, while Red Hill has plenty of edible souvenirs – just make sure you buy enough so there’s still some left when you get home!
Tyabb Packing House
Tyabb as a whole is known for its many antique stores, but the Tyabb Packing House on Mornington-Tyabb Road is undeniably the largest and most impressive of all. Housed in an historic complex once used to store locally grown apples and pears, the space hosts more than 30 individual antique dealers. If you frequently spend quality couch time watching back-to-back episodes of the Antiques Roadshow, you will be in your element scouring some two acres of vintage oddities, old-timey homewares, forgotten fashions and much more. The Tyabb Packing House is open 10:00 to 17:00 Thursday to Sunday with the Hart of Tyabb cafe ready to help you refuel in between browsing the fur coats and fine furnishings.
Victoria’s Craft Markets
Between September and May you can spend the first Saturday of the month at the iconic Red Hill Community Market, catching a glimpse of the local lifestyle. The “grand dame” of Victoria craft markets, the Red Hill market squeezes around 300 stallholders into the leafy Recreation Reserve. From bespoke jewellery and millinery to hand-made dumplings and organic beauty products, there are countless take-home treats to splash out on. Likewise, the Mornington Racecourse is a flurry of activity on the second Sunday of every month, with even more locally crafted creations and gourmet delights. The markets are the perfect place to stock up for a scenic en route picnic, grab a gift with a personal touch or spoil yourself with luxurious soaps, boutique wines or a new adornment for your home.
Main Street Mornington
Cosmopolitan Mornington is the most prominent hub in the region and just the spot to embrace in a little retail therapy with everything you could need plus extra indulgences. Mornington’s Main Street is lined with more than 370 shops and around 60 spots for a quick bite or a freshly brewed coffee, plus a variety of speciality services, day spas and galleries in between. The inviting tree-lined sidewalk makes window-shopping a breeze along a kilometre of upmarket fashion boutiques, eclectic gift stores, colourful home-living retailers and gourmet pantries stocked full of top-quality regional provisions. An extra addition to this already thriving shopper’s paradise is the Main Street Wednesday market, which has been going strong for more than three decades.
At the far curve of the Mornington Peninsula, seaside Sorrento has a laidback resort feel that makes it a particularly popular holiday spot for fellow Victorians. A hive of artisans, the historic Sorrento Village is home to more than 60 retailers selling high fashion, beachy homewares, unique antiques and healthy living luxuries. Stroll between the two beaches to enjoy a spot of Sorrento shopping in the sea breeze, where European ambience mixes with al fresco on-street shopping to create an enjoyable outing for all. When you’re spending spree is winding down, take a sunset stroll along the wooden pier or settle in for the evening at your choice of some 40 local restaurants, including the lauded Long Table.