Melbourne is undoubtedly Australia’s shopping capital and many of the city’s best retail precincts call Yarra home. Bridge Road, once a discount fashion hotspot, has evolved and now offers a mix of fashion, homewares and lifestyle retailers. To further feed your homewares fix, head over to Church Street, Richmond. South of Swan Street lies the very best homewares selection in Australia.
For an extensive choice of independent retailers, you can’t go past the bustling Brunswick Street or tree-lined Gertrude Street in Fitzroy where unique, one of a kind treasures await.
But if picturesque villages are more your scene, be sure to head to Fitzroy North Village, Nicholson Village or Queens Parade and shop like a local. Multi-generational businesses sit side by side newcomers offering fashion, giftware, homewares, accessories, children’s toys and more.
Yarra’s extensive and award-winning range of restaurants and bars will leave you spoilt for choice. Victoria Street in Richmond, also known as Little Saigon, is the heart of Melbourne’s Vietnamese community. Mouth-watering aromas fill the air from the huge variety of Asian eateries lining the street. After dinner, simply cross the street for a nightcap at one of the many bars.
If an eclectic and bohemian atmosphere is more your style then look no further than Brunswick Street or Smith St in Fitzroy/Collingwood. Both offer an extensive range of restaurants from long standing, old time favourites to some of Melbourne’s newest and most popular cuisine hotspots. After dinner, the night is young. Why not sip a perfectly mixed cocktail at one of Melbourne’s best bars or soak up some of the live music Brunswick Street is famous for, with venues playing anything from jazz to indie rock.
Looking for more nightlife options? Just swing around the corner off Brunswick Street and onto Johnston Street where more boutique bars and music venues await.
Yarra is a cultural hot pot of things to see and do. Weekends in Melbourne just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a market or two! Yarra plays host to several fascinating and unique markets. The vibrant Gleadell Street Market in Richmond, the ever popular Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers Market and Slow Food Farmers Market at the historic Abbotsford Convent are all overflowing with fresh and affordable seasonal produce and gourmet delights. The Rose St. Artists’ Market is a sensory delight offering an extensive range of handmade jewellery, clothing, arts and crafts from talented makers. The Brunswick St Market is a brand new market, showcasing designers, craftspeople, artisans, inventors and markers selling quality items. Click here for more information.
Yarra has a creative, dynamic and thriving arts scene with over 60 galleries to choose from. The eye catching orange gallery street signs located across Yarra will help you find your way. Our galleries are diverse, showcasing contemporary art, heritage works, public art and street art. For more information including locations, opening hours and exhibitions click here.
Discover all that Yarra has to offer by foot with a range of self-guided walks. Our walks focus on Aboriginal History, Environmental, Heritage and Natural Heritage. Click here for more information.