Often thought of as a post-war residential suburb, a surge in development and infrastructure has seen Ashburton fast becoming one of Melbourne’s most sought-after postcodes. Boasting an expansive array of parklands, reserves, bike trails and recreational facilities, Ashburton combines the best of inner city living with the great outdoors. Possessing prestigious primary schools, easy access to the city and The Village’s lively shopping strip, you could find yourself never wanting to leave this little slice of heaven.
Situated at the top of The Village strip you’ll find the vibrant colour and atmosphere of the Oak Room. Locally renowned for its audacious lemon-yellow coffee machine and extensive filtered coffee selection, the Oak Room is a haven for coffee connoisseurs and novices alike. They also offer a diverse menu, ranging from chilli scrambled eggs and mango panna cotta, to a veggie salad bowl and coral coast barramundi.
Just a few doors down but taking you on a culinary journey thousands of miles away you will find Coriander Thai Kitchen, a restaurant which captures the rich flavours of traditional Thai cooking. With striking dishes, awash with contrasting colours and divine fragrances, each plate is a feast for the eyes and your taste buds.
Epitomising Melbourne’s café culture, with a bustling atmosphere, contemporary industrial interior and a palate-pleasing menu, Mr Burton is one location not to be missed. Offering an all-day breakfast menu, as well as vegan and vegetarian options, your biggest dilemma will be trying to decide what to order from the appetite-whetting fare.
Stepping into Finch & Lane, it’s easy to see why it has quickly become known as “that British shop”. Travelling to the UK three times per year to source stock, owner Stephanie Rew has a keen eye for exceptional pieces. Hand-poured candles from the world’s oldest candle company, luscious throw rugs, blankets and hand painted water-colour cushions are just some of the exquisite items on offer.
If contemporary pieces are more your style, then there’s sure to be something that will catch your eye and capture your heart at Kiss with Style. Born out of a desire to make luxe design available to all, former stylist Yolanda Cerra meticulously presents a vast array of gifts, soft furnishings and homewares to suit any taste.
For those who are wanting to bring the outdoors inside The Branche has an expansive selection of lusciously-leaved indoor plants to choose from, as well as beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers and gorgeously crafted pots. The Branche also offers a terrarium make- over service for those whose green thumb has gone a little brown.
Tucked away in a small cluster of stores close to Markham Reserve, you’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of life at Habitat Café. Pet-friendly and with an extensive and ever-changing specials board, it’s the perfect spot to grab a morning coffee, brunch or to refuel while traversing one of the many nearby trails.
With quiet streets and properties set on larger blocks, and parks, schools and amenities all at your door, Ashburton truly has it all.