Prized for its prestigious school zones, luxe properties and bustling shopping strips, it’s no surprise Balwyn North is considered one of Melbourne’s most exclusive suburbs. Striking homes are set on large property blocks on leafy, tree-lined streets nestled amid numerous parklands, bike trails, reserves and sports complexes. Sprawling in size but retaining its village feel, Balwyn North is a little slice of heaven in the inner east.
Everything about Tatin Patisserie exudes decadence. From the elegant gold and marbled interior, to their rich and buttery almond croissants, it’s little wonder they’re fast becoming a local institution. From danishes to doughnuts, coffees to cruffins, sandwiches to sausage rolls, everything is made in house from locally sourced ingredients. Insider tip: pick up a loaf of their sourdough which is made using a 15-year-old starter.
A short stroll away is Art to Art, a gallery founded on the belief that art should be accessible to all. Owner, Philippa Demase works alongside some of Australia’s most talented artists to present a constantly evolving collection of works. Set within crisp white walls, matte black ceiling and polished concrete floors, it’s a gallery but not as we know it.
Bringing Hellenic cuisine to Balwyn North is Olive Lane. With a glistening desserts cabinet, hearty menu and expansive, light-filled undercover courtyard to enjoy, this is one culinary destination not to be missed. Open for breakfast and lunch, be sure to dine in and try the slow braised lamb shoulder and crispy barramundi or take home some traditional baklava and spanakopita to savour later.
A few doors up all your plant needs are covered at Cultivate Nursery and Gifts. In store you’ll find luscious indoor plants, gorgeous garden accessories, beautiful bouquets and fresh flowers. A landscaper and horticulturalist for 15 years, owner Michael Seeley also offers landscape consulting services and free local delivery.
For the well-heeled and fashion conscious, step into a world of style with Danielle’s Shoes and Accessories. Offering beautifully designed, functional footwear that doesn’t compromise on quality or comfort, they’re stockists of exclusive European ranges you won’t find anywhere else. Complete your look with one of their carefully selected imported handbags or scarves.
Nestled in the heart of the Greythorn Village is Creative Framing. The talented team will work with you to design classic, bespoke frames to best showcase your most treasured pieces. There is also a selection of stunning artworks on display for purchase, as well as thoughtful gifts and homewares.
Across the road a culinary adventure awaits you at Travelling Bandit. Head chef and owner, Matthew Di Rico, has cleverly curated a menu of modern cuisine with hints of global flare. Expect Japanese soufflé pancakes, Sri Lankan egg hoppers and eggs San Pedro, served alongside a full English breakfast and Aussie smashed avo. There’s plenty of seating inside or relax in the covered courtyard out the back.
With luxurious properties, sprawling parks and gardens and several distinct shopping areas sprinkled throughout, Balwyn North is the prestigious postcode you will want to call home.