Hidden in the heart of Melbourne’s east, this once overlooked suburb is fast becoming a magnet for savvy buyers. Burwood is prized for its outdoor lifestyle, with a plethora of parks, trails and sporting facilities to get your blood pumping. As safe as it is vibrant, families are enticed by the excellent schools, door-to-door public transport links and close-knit community. With Box Hill and Camberwell only minutes away, and work soon set to be completed on the award-winning Brickworks Shopping Centre, Burwood’s popularity shows no sign of waning.
You don’t need to venture far to enjoy the very best of Melbourne’s cafe culture. A short drive down Burke Road and you’ll find The Bakers Wife, an inviting eatery that effortlessly combines industrial chic with a cosy and inviting atmosphere. The beautifully transformed space is light and airy, with exposed brick offset by accents of soft timber, exposed beams, and hanging plants. Large share tables promote a communal vibe. Outside, there is a spacious, dog-friendly courtyard that’s teeming with olive trees and dappled sunlight. Sit down to enjoy brunch menu favourites like their challah French toast and slow roast lamb shoulder, or choose from the selection of freshly baked pastries and sourdough to enjoy the experience on the go.
If you’re after more of a hole-in-the-wall experience, Santucci Café is delightfully charming. With an all-day menu that’s overflowing with flavour, choose between savoury or sweet, healthy or hedonistic. The moody décor inside promotes intimacy, while the covered outdoor galley seating and courtyard smacks of Santucci’s signature charisma.
As day turns to dusk, head into Hibiki for a unique Japanese dining experience. The rich and flavour-packed menu pays homage to owner and chef Reiji Honour’s Japanese heritage, with a delicious nod present in every dish. The minimalist interior echoes traditional Japanese design, with natural blonde timber set against a white background, while the partitioned communal table is a contemporary take on the centuries-old kotatsu. Be sure to try the hokkaido lamb bendicto and tuna tataki carpaccio.
For flora aficionados, your one-stop shop is the bright and beautiful Constance Florist. It is hard not to be drawn inside the doors of this luscious boutique florist – if the vibrant petals don’t lure you in, their perfume certainly will. You’ll find bouquets that are hand-arranged and seasonal, indoor plants and terrariums, arrangements and styling services. Spectacularly styled and awash with colour, it will quickly become your neighbourhood florist – whether that’s for special gifts for others or for a special gift for yourself.
Another local secret is Forman Picture Framing, which was originally a framing business that has grown to become a sophisticated and distinctive art gallery. While they still offer a framing service, Forman is now best known for their uniquely curated collection of paintings and prints, supporting up-and-coming local artists and providing a platform for their art to be showcased. Having recently expanded to keep up with demand, Forman Picture Framing provides an important dose of culture to the eastern suburbs.
The property market in Burwood is a buyer’s delight, with an impressive variety of property and architecture to suit an array of tastes and budgets. Californian bungalows and post-war homes line Burwood’s quiet and leafy streets, while new, contemporary developments and townhouses slowly begin to stipple the area. Well serviced by public transport and a short thirty-minute drive into the city, Burwood offers the peace and tranquillity of suburban life with the convenience of city living.