Not too far from the city is South Yarra a suburb with a lot of character. Although surrounding suburbs like Windsor, Prahran and Toorak remain their own suburbs, locals often collectively absorb these into one place when speaking casually about South Yarra. Shopping, food and entertainment can all be found at South Yarra, as you’ll soon find out.
Getting to South Yarra is fairly easy. If you’re travelling, simply catch any train heading towards South Yarra station and disembark there (Pakenham, Cranbourne, Sandringham and Frankston trains all run this way). Alternatively, trams can be taken to South Yarra from the city and surrounding suburbs. The 58, 72 and 78 all take you there.
One of the best places to hit up for a cup of coffee and gorgeous cakes is the Zumbo Patisserie. Unlike the Zumbo pop-up in the middle of the Emporium, the Zumbo Patisserie on Claremont St is an actual shop that’s quite modern in its design. Neon lights and colourful cakes make up the famous patisserie and is a great place to chill before heading off for an adventure in South Yarra. The cakes are affordable for the most part and given the reputation of Adriano Zumbo, one of Australia’s most famous patissiers, it should come as no surprise that this place can be quite busy too, especially on weekends.
Location: 14 Claremont St, South Yarra
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday (7.00am – 7.00pm)
What was once an actual jam factory has since become a shopping and entertainment centre. At Jam Factory, you can shop across several retail outlets, dine on burgers, sushi, tacos or pop in to see a film! Jam Factory is perhaps best known for the Village Cinemas inside the complex. New movies are often given the VMAX treatment — think state of the art sound systems, large auditoriums and a huge screen — and if you want to spend an extra special day at the movies, the Gold Class experience is something you and that special person in your life might want to drop by for. Do it all at Jam Factory and see why this shopping centre has remained an institution of South Yarra.
Location: 500 Chapel St, South Yarra
Opening Hours: Every Sunday 10.00am – 12.00am
One of the most famous markets in Melbourne is Prahran Market. Like the Queen Victoria Market in the city, this market has it all. Buy the freshest veggies and meats from local sellers, sample the finest food and see what local wares are on offer! Live entertainment is performed between 12.00pm and 3.00pm on weekends which is something that shouldn’t be missed at the market. Additionally, the market also hosts events from time to time; events such as the Say Cheese Festival (just have a guess what that might be about!).
Location: 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
Opening Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays (7.00pm – 5.00pm); Sundays (10.00am – 3.00pm); Closed on Mondays and Wednesdays
Still want to get some shopping done but looking for things that might actually be practical and useful for student life? Take a stroll to Handworks where you can browse through all the stationery your heart yearns for. Here you’ll find a large supply of paper, posters, ribbons, pens, pencils, journals, cards, organisers, accessories and more! It’s a haven for craft lovers and stationary lovers and at Handworks, you can expect names like Moleskine, Short Story, Sunnylife and more at the store.
Location: 244 Chapel Street, Prahran
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (10.00am – 5.30pm); Sunday (11.00am – 5.00pm)
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