Elsternwick is one Melbourne suburb that manages to tick all the boxes. Home to a lively café, dining and shopping precinct while still maintaining its village feel, Elsternwick lies only three kilometres away from the beach, is an easy ten-kilometre commute into the city, and even has its own cinema. The rich history of the area is imbued in its many historic buildings and period homes, while more recent developments and rejuvenation have brought Elsternwick into the current era.
Prominently sitting on the edge of the redeveloped Elsternwick Station Reserve is Bang Bang. Housed in the iconic former site of the Caulfield Rifle Club, Bang Bang seamlessly fuses the laidback atmosphere of a bar with the sophistication of an intimate dining experience. Fast becoming a local institution with an extensive food and drinks menu, daily happy hour specials and sun-drenched outdoor seating areas, it’s little wonder Bang Bang is one of Elsternwick’s worst kept secrets.
Upon entering Hunter & Co. Deli your eye is immediately drawn to the commanding curved pink terrazzo benchtop contrasted with polished concrete floors and matte black steel. The sophistication and quality of the design is directly echoed in the available produce. A deli-come-café-come-wine cellar Hunter & Co. specialises in stocking items you won’t find in your local supermarket. Their take-home meals are all made on-site and the pantry staples will ensure you’re never caught short.
With natural light flooding the space, bouncing off crisp white walls but grounded by timber flooring, you’ll feel awash with a sense of serenity the moment you step into The Yoga Space. Owner, Ari Markman has placed an emphasis on accessibility, ensuring there is a class and point of entry for everybody, regardless of their experience and flexibility levels.
A short stroll away, you’ll discover Crabtree & Weeks, a boutique nursery with a difference. Stocking striking indoor plants, resplendent with lush foliage, herbs, shrubs and gardening accessories, you’ll find everything you need at Crabtree & Weeks to make your garden come alive. Owner and landscaper, Adrian will also happily equip you with expert advice to ensure you avoid any potential botanical blunders.
On the former site of the 1930s Glover’s Service Station, you’ll find a bustling hive of activity. After sitting dormant for almost ten years, a complete renovation in 2016 has brought life back into the exquisite building now simply known as Glover’s Station. Sit under the dappled shade in the paved courtyard or among the sleek and contemporary design indoors. With an enviable menu and unrivalled coffee, there’s no better way to spend a day than at Glover’s Station.
Just a few doors down you’ll discover Adore Homewares, a homewares store replete with a variety of gifts, fashion, footwear, jewellery and accessories to please even the most discerning of tastes. Owner, Melinda Irving, meticulously sources an extensive and ever-changing range of stock, placing an emphasis on uniqueness, quality, and design.
With its desirable location, amenities, homes and more, Elsternwick is one suburb not to be overlooked.