Prahran, Windsor & St Kilda

Though small in size, both Prahran and Windsor are widely known as top shopping and dining destinations thanks to their shared major precinct, Chapel Street, and Prahran Market. Because several tertiary institutions are based nearby, both areas have a youthful, hip and trendy vibe.

Prahran and Windsor were once the indie kids on the block, and though most of the area has given way to upmarket shops and stores, there are still remnants of its hip past on Greville Street. Greville Records has been running for over 30 years and is still going strong, and is a great spot to hunt for rare musical treasures. Several music greats have popped into the store across the years, including Pearl Jam, Radiohead, the Beastie Boys and Beck. Chapel Street Bazaar is a kitschy place for lovers of preloved fashion, furniture and knick knacks.

The iconic Jam Factory was originally a brewery before the Victorian Preserving Company moved in (hence the name), and is now a dining and entertainment destination with mess halls, cafes, restaurants and a Village cinema. Nearby is Prahran Market, where you can get fresh produce and deli items, dine at one of the market’s eateries, and take part in handicraft and cooking classes.

There’s a concentration of Japanese eateries around the area, too, but one of the best is Tsukiji Japanese Restaurant in Prahran. Run by an elderly Japanese couple, the restaurant prepares everything in-house and has a small pantry selling Japanese cooking staples. You can grab sashimi-grade fish to take away, or enjoy one of the best unagi dons here. Fuji Mart is another small Japanese grocery store perfect for stocking up.

Nearby St Kilda has always been known as the most popular seaside destination in Melbourne. If you’re visiting, make sure to wait until after dusk to spot penguins under the pier, enjoy a ride at Luna Park, or indulge in a dessert (or two) at one of the patisseries and cafes along Acland Street. If you like water-based activities, try paddle boarding or windsurfing on the beach. The St Kilda Sea Baths is also a great public facility for relaxation. Soak in the seawater pools before dining at one of the suburb’s seaside restaurants.