Since it's surrounded by the boutique suburbs of Prahran and Armadale, you might be surprised to uncover Windsor’s bohemian side. Running parallel to Chapel Street you’ll find the much smaller Artists Lane, otherwise known as Aerosol Alley. Its walls are covered in incredible street art murals, with everything from vivid cartoons to intricate portraits impressing those who find it. Have your phone ready for some Insta-worthy snaps.
Vintage fashion lovers can find many treasures hidden inside Windsor’s thrift shops. For a curated selection of second-hand styles that give the vintage stores of San Francisco and NYC a run for their money, head to Shag [130 Chapel Street, Windsor]. Here you’ll find daring pieces with unique silhouettes and plenty of colour. Vintage Sole [153 Chapel Street, Windsor] is another great store that is so sleek and organised it makes trawling through the racks to find what you’re looking for easy. Here, the men's collection is equally as impressive as the womenswear.
Start your day at Mr Mister [161 Chapel Street, Windsor], where excellent coffee and top-notch produce come together to make for delicious breakfasts and lunches. Go for the Mr Benedict of braised beef brisket, red cabbage sauerkraut, béarnaise, sourdough and poached eggs.
For a meal later in the day, head to Mr Miyagi [99 Chapel Street, Windsor], open for dinner every day, and for lunch Friday through Sunday. Here, Japanese cuisine meets the creativity for which Melbourne dining is known. Order a few items to share from its grazing menu — like salmon nori tacos or shiitake dumplings — and pair them with a salted watermelon martini.
Still have room for dessert? Head to Pidapipo [85 Chapel Street, Windsor] and choose from a captivating array of flavours. Our pick is the blood plum gelato, but you can’t go wrong with classic chocolate. If a liquid dessert is what you’re craving, the cocktails at The Woods of Windsor [108 Chapel Street, Windsor], with its old-school ambience, will impress.
Serviced by its own train station, getting to Windsor is a cinch — just hop on any Sandringham line train. Otherwise, tram route 6 will take you along the High Street border, or tram route 78 will take you to the heart of Windsor. If your weekend adventure goes into the night, Night Network means you’ll be able to get back to the city via train, with services every 60 minutes.
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