Quick Guide to South Yarra
From Brunswick to Brighton, Melbourne’s inner-city and city-outskirt suburbs each have their own charm and their own reasons to visit. But, when it comes to position, character and best-of-everything, you’re hard pressed to find anywhere quite like South Yarra. Bordered by the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Yarra River, just minutes from the city centre and a quick drive from some of Melbourne’s best beaches, it’s no surprise this is one of the most sought after residential areas in Victoria. Beyond the location itself, the designer label boutiques, Instagram worthy art-deco buildings, café culture and exceptional dining makes South Yarra a must-visit.
Out & About
Immerse yourself in the history of Como House and Gardens. This glamorous location dates back to 1847 and was named after Lake Como in Italy, where the builder, Edward Eyre Williams proposed to his wife Jessie Gibbon, and the romance is reflected in the beautiful ‘mix of Australian Regency and the classic Italianate architecture.’ Come prepared with a picnic and enjoy a stroll through the beautiful gardens, before touring the house.
Located in the eclectic Windsor part of Chapel Street, Bromley & Co Art Studio is an impressive art gallery, fashion house and homewares store all in one. Bromley & Co is the passion project of artist David Bromley and wife Yuge, showcasing some of their favourite things that they've collected, made or discovered from very special places. Included in their collection are pieces of David's bold, colourful artworks, along with artwork from George Raftopoulos, Stewart McFarlane, Datsun Tran and more, as well as Yuge's own clothing line, along with a variety of striking homewares and decorator items such as Queen Bee candles and Bakker ceramics.
The foodie capital of Australia is home to some of the best local produce markets in the world. Take a short trip down Chapel Street to Prahran Market, a popular indoor market dating back to 1864, to find the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood, along with mouth-watering cheeses and deli delights to stock up your fridge.
Chapel Street is the place to be if you're planning a shop-til-you-drop retail day, with Prahran just to your south and Richmond a short tram or train ride north. It’s what shopping dreams are made of with everything from vintage treasures and local designers to all the big international brands. If bright, print-heavy wares are your thing look out for Gorman, or if you prefer clean cut threads head to Nique’s minimalist fit out. For everything else there is Chapel St Bazaar - it's the ultimate vintage shopping experience, selling anything and everything you could think of.
Visionary restaurant owner, Charlie Carrington, brings his experiences from overseas to both Atlas Dining and Atlas’ younger sibling, Colours by Atlas, where debut bowls reflect Mexico, Greece, Israel, Vietnam and Peru. Atlas Dining is a smart, minimalist designed establishment with an ever-changing menu, while at Colours by Atlas it's a far more casual experience with just five dishes to choose from, each inspired by a different country.
If you're looking for a quiet breakfast, Two Birds One Stone is probably not for you. Extremely popular with locals as well as visitors, Two Birds One Stone serves everything from deliciously rich salt cod and potato cake on wilted spinach with a salty, caperberry and red onion topping to the most scrumptious little cakes, all with perfect frosting to cake ratio.
Dainty Sichuan isn't quite as dainty as you might expect, with some pretty big flavours on offer. Try their crisp fried fingers of fish-fragrant eggplant doused in so much chilli that merely breathing near it is painful, or really feel the heat with thin slices of lamb encrusted in cumin and laced with hot hot chilli.
Boston Sub's Jungle Boy may not look like much from the outside, but once you walk through their cool room door you are well on your way to discovering a hidden bar of barrel-aged Manhattans, Negronis and eye-watering tiki drinks (that may or may not be on fire).
If whisky is your chosen tipple, then look no further than the Woods of Windsor. For the self-proclaimed whisky experts, there are 50 types of single malts and blends to choose from!
Walking into Leonard’s House of Love is like a cool 80's house party throwback...ski lodge style. The bar offers a selection of very drinkable beers on tap, and if you're feeling peckish there's some top-notch burgers and charcoal chicken to sink your teeth into.
Stay at the centre of all the action at The Como Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel, situated at the intersection of Chapel Street and Toorak Road. Staying at this conveniently central boutique hotel means all the top tourist attractions, things to do and places to visit are locally on hand. The Como Melbourne showcases 5-star accommodation that is truly legendary, with 111 spacious suites each chic and minimalist in design, with sunlight-flooded living spaces, accompanied by warm and attentive service.