Affluent neighbouring suburbs Toorak and South Yarra combine picturesque historic architecture with abundant contemporary eateries and plenty of designer-label-driven shopping, all within an easy hop of the city. 

The art of fashion

Window displays of haute couture and exclusive boutiques are akin to works of art on Chapel Street and Toorak Road (as are the delectable jewels in the window of Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio patisserie). Enjoy an aspirational browse as you pass or pop in for a luxe experience. European designers and local heroes will happily make a dent in your wallet and ensure you look the stylish part.

Gourmet grazing

Long lunches and deluxe dinners are the creations of award-winning chefs at Atlas Dining, Matilda, Lona Misa and Da Noi. Refuel with sustenance from the kaleidoscopic delights at LuxBite.

An art escape

Delay the end of your South Yarra dream with a night or two in the arty surrounds of The Olsen Hotel.

Como House

Gain a glimpse into the lifestyle of 1850s Melbourne aristocracy at Como House and Garden. Covet one of Melbourne's finest gardens, tour the historic mansion, and linger in the cafe until it's time to admit it's not your house.

The villages

Eschew the large shopping centres for local villages. In the quaint, contained mock-Tudor Toorak Village on Toorak Road you'll find boutiques bursting with exclusive designer fashions. Hawksburn Village on Malvern Road has a sprinkling of forward-looking fashion, smart restaurants, friendly cafes and gourmet retailers.

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