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Top 10: South Yarra

/ 04 Nov 2019
From historic mansions and lush brunch spots to hidden bars and 3am slice shops. South Yarra has it all and we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things to see and do (and eat).
  1. The Stables of Como

    Hidden in the former stables of heritage listed Como House is a converted café; The Stables of Como. Offering a selection of bottomless brunch, high tea and gourmet picnics to enjoy at leisure in the tranquil gardens, they even have a dedicated dog bar serving up treats for your furry best friend. Once you’re done at brunch you can explore Como House and Garden, built in 1847 Como House offers a glimpse into the history and luxury that make Como one of Melbourne’s most glamorous stately homes. Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra, Victoria 3141
     
  2. Tetto di Carolina

    Sitting above Italian diner Bar Carolina is a new sibling cocktail bar Tetto Di Carolina. Located on the popular Toorak Road, the rooftop bar features a distinctly inspired Italian cocktail menu and extensive European wine list. Along with the Italian food offering, the beautiful space - designed by Chris Connell - has been influenced by cocktail bars in Italy and Europe. 8 Toorak Road, South Yarra, Victoria, 3141. (03) 9867 7954.
     
  3. Jardin Tan

    Set within Melbourne’s Royal Botanical Gardens, Jardin Tan is a Vietnamese inspired cafe by Shannon Bennett at the heart of The Tan. With a full menu offering breakfast and lunch Jardin Tan is complete with an outdoor garden and bocce set. Living and breathing the farm-totable philosophy, almost all the produce you’ll find on your plate is grown onsite within the gardens. Plus, they have a front-of-house kiosk serving coffee and house-made gelato, perfect to swing by when you’re walking The Tan. Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra, Victoria 3141
     
  4. Chapel Street: dog friendly shopping precinct

    With more than 300 shops and restaurants officially announced as pet friendly, Chapel Street is the go-to shopping precinct with the best chances of running into doggos or taking your own along. Abacus, Alice McCall and Peter Alexander are just a few of the many businesses allowing pet access on Chapel Street. You’ll see ‘paw-on-the-door’ sticker if a store is pet-friendly.
     
  5. Prahran Market: Maker Monger

    The Prahran Market is the perfect place to have a wander and marvel at fresh produce, flowers and unusual ingredients from around the globe. Fresh fruit and veg, sustainable seafood and free-range meat, Prahran Market is a foodie destination and you can’t visit without picking up a famous cheese toastie from Maker and Monger. Newly revamped with its own kitchen, maturation room and seven-metre cheese cabinet displaying up to 50 types of cheese, it’s no wonder it’s referred to as the ‘chapel of cheese’. Maker & Monger, Shop 98, Harvest Hall, Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra, Victoria 3141
     
  6. Entrecôte

    You’ll find Melbourne’s very own slice of Paris across the road from the Botanic Gardens at Entrecôte in South Yarra. Entrecôte takes a nod from the original Le Relais De L'Entrecôte, the famous one-dish Steakhouse that opened in 1959 in Paris, so you can’t go past their signature Steak Frites; Cape Grim pasture fed Porterhouse, chargrilled and doused in the secret ‘sauce au beurre et aux herbes’ with bottomless frites (fries) and a petite 'friendly' salad. 131-133 Domain road South Yarra, Victoria 3141
     
  7. Finkelstein Gallery

    The Finkelstein Gallery is home to the ground-breaking contemporary gallery dedicated entirely to female and female-identifying artists. Created from a realisation of the underrepresentation of women across Australia's art collections. The gallery is showcasing works from emerging and established artists, including the likes of Cigdem Aydemir, Louise Paramor, Deborah Kelly, Coady, Lisa Roet and Kate Baker. Basement 2, 1 Victoria Street, Windsor, Victoria 3181
     
  8. Jungle boy  

    Unmarked and hidden behind a fridge door at a sandwich shop; Boston Sub, you’ll find a secret bar serving tropical cocktails in flaming tiki mugs with a side of poutine. Inspired from the children’s book; The Jungle Book, Jungle Boy is one of Chapel Street's best kept secrets. 96 Chapel Street, Windsor, Victoria 3181
     
  9. Leonard’s House of Love

    Leonard’s is an American style 70’s log cabin and backstreet-bar, slinging burgers, fried chicken and cold beer. Complete with a lounge room and pool table, Leonard’s is the ultimate place to hang with friends, enjoy some food and a drink. It is also exclusively dog friendly so you don’t have to leave your furry friends at home. 3 Wilson St, South Yarra, Victoria 3141
     
  10. Leo’s by the Slice

    From the same team as Leonard’s House of Love, Leo’s by the Slice is a vintage-inspired slice shop serving New York-style pizza on paper plates until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights. Inside there’s traditional red and white checkerboard floors, a couple of booths and a pool table making Leo’s the perfect place to end your night in South Yarra. 363 Chapel Street, South Yarra, Victoria 3141
     

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