Life in Armadale is one of exclusivity. Boasting some of Melbourne’s most magnificent homes alongside high-end shopping strips, private schools and an abundance of restaurants, the suburb is one without compromise. The serenity of Armadale’s lush streets is a wonderful contrast to the bustle of the fashion precinct – it’s almost hard to believe they’re in the same suburb.
There’s no need to look further than Armadale’s High Street for one of Melbourne’s finest shopping precincts. With a rolling row of designer stores, boutiques, antiques and eateries, there’s an array of local and international fashion labels that celebrate the finer things in life. For the well-heeled, Bared Footwear can’t be missed. Opened by Anna Baird, a podiatrist turned shoe designer, it’s founded on the belief that shoes can be fashionable and good for you too.
Around the corner you’ll discover Fjord + Co, a homewares store that focuses on handcrafted and artisanal pieces from around the world. With a carefully curated selection of furniture, rugs, Italian linen and ethically made baskets made from India, it’s a treasure trove of delights for every corner of your home.
Not content with hosting some of Melbourne’s finest fashion stores, the High Street also offers culture in spades. Metro Gallery is a commercial modern art gallery committed to bringing important art pieces to Melbourne’s south-side, such as Banksy, Damien Hirst, Mrs Bennett and many others.
These days we are more likely to recharge our devices than ourselves. That’s where Happy Melon comes in. The first-of-its-kind studio blends mindfulness, meditation, yoga and pilates for an experience that blends the physical and mental elements of healthy living.
When Mammoth opened in Armadale in 2015, owners Jamie and Loren McBride breathed new life into the suburb. As the south-side’s answer to all of the hip cafes springing up north of the river, it’s now a well-loved local favourite. Renowned for its architecturally designed digs and exciting food choices – your taste buds will never get bored at this local institution.
If an evening tipple’s more to your taste, look no further than Bouzy. The wine bar was founded by charmingly eccentric restaurateur Jason McLaren Jones as a tongue-in-cheek take on the classic Parisian ‘bar à vins’ – and it’s a must visit. The wine menu is deep, and the dishes offer an impressive variety of French classics – from baked escargot to the venue’s bestseller, the steak frites. Local tip: if you drop by during happy hour they serve oysters at $2 a pop alongside a generous drink menu.
Armadale is perhaps known best for its grand Victorian and Edwardian homes. Originally built for merchants and gold prospectors, they now command millions of dollars apiece. Wander through the back streets for impressive historic mansions that neighbour period homes and quaint terraces, and you’ll find stylish apartments on the High Street. Home to a strong sense of community and some of Victoria’s best schools, Armadale is a luxurious suburb that has something for everyone.