Melbourne's oldest suburbs continue to evolve. Leafy streets are lined with heritage buildings, now restored to house chic boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
Kickstarts and upstarts in South Melbourne
Start the day with brunch on Clarendon, York or Cecil Streets or in South Melbourne Market on Coventry. Prep for the day with caffeine at St Ali or Clement, and indulge in daybreak decadence at Chez Dré, Austro and Proper & Son. The Kettle Black serves up a stroll-worthy brunch on Albert Road.
Stock up on fresh produce at the market for a picnic on the banks of pretty Albert Park Lake. Browse speciality shops along Coventry Street: pick up new releases and classic reads at Coventry Bookstore, contemporary fashion and accessories at Mr Darcy, and all things food at The Essential Ingredient.
After dark, experience the time-honoured Japanese elegance at intimate 12-seater Tempura Hajime. Schedule wine time at Bellota Wine Bar or beer o'clock at The Palace Hotel.