Set in a cosmopolitan corner of Melbourne, at the intersection of famed Chapel Street, South Yarra has a reputation for setting trends as a cultural hub of food art and fashion. Step out in style and live life as it should be in the heart of South Yarra.
The best rooftop south of the river, The Emerson full-length deck complete with day beds set the perfect scene to enjoy a cocktail by the water as the sun sets on Australia’s culture capital.
Leonards House of Love
This south-side 70’s inspired kitted out log cabin and bar serves up DIY spritzers, vacuum-sealed Picklebacks and more from a no formal dining area, no bookings and no table service setting complete with lounge room and pool table.
Shadowboxer Bar & Kitchen
Catch the afternoon sun fronting the façade of the century-old terrace home to this bar and kitchen. A prime, dog-friendly, position to enjoy your choice of wines sourced only from small local vineyards, Australian beers, or independent spirit producers alongside refined bar bites.
South Press Winehouse
A stylish wine bar decked out in earthy tones from the street front to the back-lane courtyard. From the floor to ceiling wine racks within, choose from 20-by-the-glass options with more available by the bottle to drink in or takeaway.
Talk To Me
Brought to South Yarra by chart-topping Aussie electro-pop act Peking Duk, Talk to Me is an Asian-American fusion diner, cocktail bar, and dancefloor where the duo DJ once a month in the courtyard but the cocktails pour year-round.
Tetto di Carolina
Live la dolce vita at this first-floor elegant and refined cocktail spot serving Italian-influenced cocktail classics along with an extensive European wine list from a six-metre handmade walnut bar.
This kitschy pastiche haunt tucked under the swimming pool of the Olsen Hotel brings a millennial frequency to the upper echelon South Yarra community complete with bar, Nintendo lounge, curtained booths and more.
Abacus Bar & Kitchen
Beneath a 7.5-metre-high roof, Abacus Bar & Kitchen serves up sustainable and flavour focused breakfast, lunch and dinner making a hero out of local produce, creating as much as they can in-house, baking their own bread and milling their own flour.
A tasteful destination to satiate your wanderlust cravings, traverse your palette with a new cuisine introduced every four months to a weekly changing menu, from Vietnam to Israel.
South Yarra’s ultimate fine dining institution, Bacash specialises in high quality fresh seafood, served with old-school attentive service.
Serving up creative renditions of Australian café classics, there’s no time waste before dropping by Dilly Dally for your daily dose of caffeine and a delicious bite to eat.
Entrecôte South Yarra
Filled with potted palms, vintage lights, and velvet furnishings, Entrecôte South Yarra is your one stop Steak Frites spot where simple reigns supreme on this French Bistro’s menu.
A refined casual all-day diner, Gilson sets a warm pink-clay, wood-fired oven scene perfect for a date or dinner with mates over damn tasty simple food.
Wholly and instantly Australian, the fire and smoke focused restaurant Matilda heroes native produce, featuring glass cabinets filled with botanical installations and tabletops formed from two felled trees in the Otway’s.
A quirky yet attainable fresh Vietnamese dining experience offering all the usual suspects at affordable prices alongside a small selection of wines, beers and cocktails.
Thirty Eight Chairs
A cosy and romantic eatery paying homage to Italian family classics, reminiscent of a local trattoria with a high possibility of a live serenading by owner Gino Forlano and his famed tambourine.
Offering an elegant, produce-led menu, Omnia is all about European flavours and techniques to be enjoyed alongside your drop of choice from a wine list of over 200 new and old varieties.
Oriental Tea House and Zhou Zhou
Popular local Chapel Street haunt Oriental Tea House is praised for their steamers of dumplings within a contemporary cool neon spotted setting. Move on upstairs to kick back at Zhou Zhou, a modern, Chinese-style lounge serving over 50 craft ales.
Shopping For Cardio
The pieces run in carefully crafted limited quantities, following a philosophy of anti-brand, A-Esque was created to encourage purchases for one reason – because you like it.
Chapel St Bazaar
Your ultimate vintage shopping destination, Chapel St Bazaar houses hidden treasures of all varieties. From vintage tees and pre-loved couches, to clothing, china, ceramics, paintings, jewellery and more, this is an all-day activity.
Discover one-of-a-kind homewares and jewellery at Dinosaur Designs. Each piece in unique, characterized by warmth and tactility only made possible by making each piece by hand, using luxurious resin and precious metals.
One of most the most recognised names in women’s fashion, Gorman South Yarra is the eponymous brands first boutique, opening in 2004. The iconic label continues to showcase collection inspired by art and nature, designed for confidence and comfort.
An icon on South Yarra’s shopping scene, Le Louvre has set the standard for high end classically edgy Melbourne fashion for almost 100 years. Stocking labels including Galliano, Lanvin or Giles Deacon, within a setting of mirrored stairs, a glass staircase and fluro pink throughout. Including the gr
Marimekko South Yarra
Renowned worldwide, Finnish design house Marimekko calls South Yarra home on Chapel Street alongside Australian staple label such as Zimmerman and Aje, where you’ll find a bold collection of timeless textiles, clothing, accessories and homewares within a sprawling studio space.
Mio Tesoro Boutique
Step back in time and bring life back to the ghosts of fashions past at Mio Tesoro Boutique. Luxury consignment store selling rare and vintage pieces from international designers. A one-way ticket to getting your hands on rarely seen pieces by the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Dior.
If you’re looking for luxe, we recommend independent Australian women’s label Scanlan Theodore’s modern elegance, for an unexpected approach to understated European class.
Explore South Yarra
Aboriginal Heritage Walk
Journey into the ancestral lands of local Kulin Nation and learn about the First Peoples of Australia within the Royal Botanical Gardens. Learn to identify native plants of significance and their uses along with customs and connections to country with an Indigenous guide.
The Chapel Street Precinct in dotted with art galleries to immerse yourself in the wondrous works of local and international artists. Create your own art crawl including stops at the must visit South Yarra Art House Gallery, ensemble fine art, E+ Hive Art and Design Gallery, [MARS] Gallery and more.
Burch & Purchese
No South Yarra sojourn is complete without a pitstop at Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio where you’ll find exquisite and decadent daily made desserts and cakes to curb your sweet cravings with a selection of extravagant treats that taste better than they look, and they look too good to eat.
Como Historic House and Garden
Immerse yourself in a bygone era with a picnic on the lawn of Como Historic House and Garden in view of the 1847 Mansion offering a picture of Australian regency and classic Italianate architecture.
First opened as a brewery in 1858, before converting to a jam factory in the 19th century until 1970, the Jam Factory now stands as a micro precinct housing Village Cinemas to catch the latest blockbuster flick, retail stores and eateries.
Catch an arty or foreign film at the Palace Como. A licensed cinema often playing host to international film festivals.
Despite its name, Prahan Market is in South Yarra, supplying the community with fresh produce from vegetables and smallgoods such as jams, to dairy goods and fresh pasta. On market days enjoy the courtyard food court, complete with a van selling mussels and seafood chowder.
Royal Botanic Gardens
South Yarra sits as gatekeeper to Melbourne’s crowning green jewel, The Royal Botanic Gardens. Soak up the surrounds of this fresh inner-city gem amongst the thousands of flora varietals on display.