With Luna Park at one end, and the newly schmick Village Belle at the other, Acland Street offers a perfect afternoon's entertainment in the beachy St Kilda Beach precinct. The eclectic strip is now much more pedestrian friendly, with only the trams allowed to travel its length. Famous for European cake shops and for sitting on the sidewalk watching the world go by.
Fitzroy's original bohemian thoroughfare has now been joined by adjacent Smith and Gertrude and together provide Melbourne's hippest neighbourhoods. Brunswick Street is still retro at heart offering vintage retailers such as Polyester Records, Yesteryear and Vintage Sole. Popular vegetarian institution Vegie Bar has now been joined by a host of other Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants, ice-cream shops, takeaways and retailers. The strip is also home to some of Melbourne's best much venues include The Evelyn Hotel and The Workers Club.
Home to iconic restaurants Supernormal, Chin Chin, Coda, Cumulus, Tonka, Lee Ho Fook and more, it's the food that brings hungry visitors to city centre's Flinders Lane. While there, they can admire some of the impressive street art to be found down some of the side streets including AC/DC Lane and Duckboard Place. Retailers such as Et Al and Alpha 60 will have shoppers perfecting the Melbourne look, and Craft provides not only interesting pieces to buy but interesting stories about their makers.
Historically the place to see and be seen, and still the place to go to shop for one's red carpet look at its northern end, Chapel Street has gone through a significant transformation in recent years and it's now the more gritty Windsor end that's bringing visitors south. Greville Street has retained it's individual style with unique retailers such as Art Boy Gallery, Fool, Greville Records, Lunar and Mag Nation.
Another transformation story belongs to Richmond's Swan Street. In the last five years old furniture shops and department stores have made way for cafes, bakeries, barbers, upscale wine bars and independent boutiques. The street is now home to names such as Benny Burger from Shannon Bennett, and Feast of Merit a very popular social enterprise restaurant. In more recent times the street has welcomed the sophisticated The Ugly Duckling, Caddie Restaurant and Bar and Fargo & Co - the latter taking over the old heritage Swan Street State Bank.
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