The arts end of Richmond
A drink with mates in Richmond goes down better to the sounds of live music. Queue around the, er, corner to see international buzz bands, local stalwarts or heavyweights having an intimate moment at the Corner Hotel.
Church Street is the place to go for designer furniture and objets d'art. Clear your calendar for time to stroll the galleries on Albert Street. Come in May for the open day, with talks and exhibitions and entertainment.
You'll need all the sustenance you can get for the marathon shopping sprees at Bridge Road's major label factory outlets and seconds stores – get good deals at Gorman, Bonds, Kathmandu and Country Road. Also pay heed to the small boutiques popping up with small, selected offerings, like Swan Street's Royal Order of Nothing and Lily and the Weasel.
How to get there
By tram: Number 70 from Flinders Street to Swan Street; Number 109 from Collins Street to Victoria Street; Number 48 from Collins Street to Bridge Road; Number 75 from Flinders Street to Bridge Road.
By train: From Flinders Street Station to Richmond Station on the Frankston, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Sandringham, Glen Waverley, Alamain, Lilydale and Belgrave lines (about 10 minutes); and Collingwood on the Epping and Hurstbridge lines for Abbotsford (about 15 minutes).