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Capture the independent spirit of Prahran and Windsor. Journey down Chapel Street into a treasure-trove of vintage finds, eclectic eateries and boutiques.

Market fresh

Prahran Market is Australia's oldest food market and it's a fabulous place to satisfy your food obsession. Fresh fruit and vegetables, fine cheeses and smallgoods, organic and free range meats, fresh seafood, spices and pantry staples, pastries and fresh flowers, are all here and waiting for you. Come to graze, fill your basket and swap recipes with local characters. 

Vintage vibes

Make a beeline for Greville Street, the spiritual hub of Prahran. While less kitsch than it once was the street retains a unique vibrancy thanks to a scattering of vintage stores, an independent record shop, edgy cafes, gallery spaces and outposts of local designers.

Fossick through stalls packed with retro homewares, vintage clothes and collectables at Chapel Street Bazaar.

Namely restaurants

Explore the area's dining scene and you're bound to find a place with your name on it. Siblings Tokyo Tina, Saigon Sally and Hanoi Hannah are the name of the game for contemporary Asian, along with David's, Charlie Dumpling and Hawker Hall.

L'Hotel Gitan adds a little ooh la la to the scene, while Ladro, Fonda and Huxtaburger are familiar favourites. Keep Woodland House on file for special occasions.

Brunchers and lunchers, Spoonful, Middletown and Oscar Cooper are three good reasons to haul yourself out of bed on the weekend.

Raising the bar

Wish for year-round summer evenings from your vantage point in the beer garden cabanas from the Windsor Castle, or go for speakeasy style and single malts at Woods of Windsor. Sop up the vodka with scrumptious sausages and dumplings at Borsch, Vodka & Tears.

Keep the night going with a show or a dance at Revolver Upstairs, OneSixOne or Boutique.

How to get there

By tram: Number 8 (to Toorak Road), Number 72 (to Commercial/Malvern Road) or Number 6 (to High Street) from Swanston Street; or Number 78/79 to travel the length of Chapel Street (from North Richmond to Prahran/St Kilda).

By train: From Flinders Street Station, Sandringham, Frankston or Pakenham/Cranbourne lines to South Yarra Station or Sandringham line to Prahran Station (about 20 minutes).

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Chapel Street Bazaar

Lose yourself in this treasure trove of all things vintage and kitsch - furniture, homewares and toys.

Revolver Upstairs

Catch young bands, songwriters and touring DJs at one of Melbourne’s oldest indie institutions.

Greville Records

Check out the massive collection of new and old vinyl, special editions, box sets and merch.

Mag Nation Prahran

Help save magazines from extinction and enjoy everything from glossy fashion to conceptual art titles.

The Essential Ingredient

This fabulous pantry overflows with specialty food, cookware, recipe books and a cooking school.

LIFEwithBIRD

Slip into ultra modern, ultra chic clothing and accessories by this much-loved Melbourne design duo.

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Windsor Deli

Hunker down in the snug nook off Chapel Street with old-fashioned comfort food and Nana's preserves.

The Wolf and I

Rustic Victorian interiors meld with the exotic and the kitsch in this upmarket southside pub.

Fonda Windsor

Start upstairs at Fonda's Atico Bar, or enjoy Mexican faves and watch Chapel Street pass by.

Morris Jones

Explore this two-storey drinking and dining palace when you're jonesing for after-work drinks or eats.

Prahran Hotel

From the giant beer kegs to the elm tree out back, this Prahran institution is a new kind of local.

Hanoi Hannah

Stay on the southside for traditional Vietnamese fare with creative flair in slick surrounds.

St Edmonds All Day Eatery

Eat all day as the name commands in St Edmonds' converted garage, where the coffee is invigorating.

Ladro Prahran

Get the iconic Ladro pizzas south of the river and see why they are often copied and rarely matched.

Colonel Tan's

Get to know Colonel Tan and experience his US diner charm, Thai-pop flavours and skinny jean rock.

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