Hampton East is a sleepy suburb that’s coming to life. The non-stop pace of the city is a distant memory in this relaxed neighbourhood, where families and empty-nesters enjoy the very best things in life. Hampton East is perfectly positioned to be just minutes from the beach, boutique shopping and eateries in nearby suburbs, and a short commute to the city. With tennis courts and pretty parklands, including Basterfield Park, the outdoor lifestyle can’t be ignored. With all of this on offer, it is clear to see why people are migrating to Hampton’s quieter sister suburb.
Despite its small size, Hampton East punches above its weight with culinary offerings. Start your day right with feelgood food at Diplomat Café. Their all-day menu leans toward the healthy, with a few indulgent inclusions. Expect Rueben benedict, mango coconut panna cotta, and an autumn harvest salad. This licensed venue also offers a selection of wine and beers to pair with your meal, or choose from their extensive list of teas, coffees and cold drinks.
If you’re looking for something a little more exotic, feast on the fresh flavours of North Vietnamese street food at Typhoon. Using traditional recipes and cooking techniques, Typhoon serves up some seriously delicious fare. Crunchy, fresh salads and soul-warming pho take centre stage. Be sure to try the eggplant chips with Sriracha mayo and their famous Hanoi spring rolls as starters, and the Nguyen chicken and pho bo for main.
Perhaps you’d like to follow your meal with a tipple? If so, head next door to Hawker. The perfect spot for catch-ups or a date night, this broody little cocktail bar doesn’t take itself too seriously. The cocktail list is flavoursome and adventurous with a bold chilli mojito and refreshing Hawker hurricane. The venue also offers a selection of tasty bar snacks prepared by the restaurant next door. Insider tip: take a photo of the larger dotted painting on the wall to reveal a hidden image.
When Spring Carnival season rolls around, ensure you’re race-ready with Millinery Jill. The woman behind the business, Jill Humphries, is fast becoming one of the busiest full-time milliners in Australia, and her pieces sell out within minutes of being made available. You’ll recognise her signature clean lines and sleek designs on many of the racing season’s biggest stars, so it’s no surprise that she’s often booked out six months in advance. Make sure to get in early for a bespoke piece of your own.
For a slice of culture, art studio come gallery come nursery Tina Leonard Gallery can not be missed. It’s heaven for art and plant lover’s alike. Tina is best known for her depictions of wrens and for moody abstract paintings, and artwork is engaging and thought-provoking. With the space doubling as a studio, watch the artistic process unfold amid a backdrop of already completed pieces by the artist herself. Pick up a plant or peruse the paintings – the choice is yours.
Identified as an area that’s set to boom, families are flocking to Hampton East. Mid-century brick and weatherboard homes are set on larger sized blocks, with contemporary townhouses and apartment complexes slowly beginning to emerge. In the catchment area for prestigious public and private schools, the suburb is well-connected by public transport and good infrastructure, thanks to neighbouring suburbs like Moorabbin, Hampton and Cheltenham. Its prime location and proximity to neighbouring nightlife and attractions make Hampton East a stand out among Melbourne’s competitive suburb market. Prized by locals for being an ‘undiscovered gem’, Hampton East is being discovered very quickly.