There’s no doubt about it, life is lovely in Malvern East. This exclusive suburb is favoured by Melbourne’s elite, with its boutique shopping, excellent restaurants, leafy parklands, manicured gardens and welcoming community. A number of prestigious schools lure families to the area, along with the easy commute into the CBD – but it’s the lifestyle that keeps them. Only 20 minutes from the city, it’s no wonder Malvern East is one of Melbourne’s most desired postcodes.
Your brunch plans are sorted at Mister Sister café. Sit inside among the exposed brick, beautiful timbre floor and prized heritage-listed stained-glass window or venture out to the expansive courtyard at the rear. Choose from chilli and herb eggs with charcoal bread, potato rosti with pulled pork, or peanut butter and jelly waffles. Wash it all down with some of Melbourne’s best coffee, a healthy Snickers smoothie, or upgrade to your own boozy brunch – with delectable espresso martinis or mimosas both on the menu.
When dusk hits and it’s time for a vino, tempt your tastebuds with one of the 100-plus European wines available at Riserva Wine. Boasting a sophisticated, European-inspired decor, wine list and menu, Riserva has quickly established itself as a local institution in Malvern East. Order a charcuterie board and fromagerie to share over a glass, or stay for a while to indulge in the gin-cured salmon, house-smoked duck or Cape Grim wagyu sirloin.
If you’re looking to exercise some retail therapy, Norsu is a Scandi-inspired interior styling heaven. Borne out of a mutual love of Scandi design and décor, owners Nat Wheeler and Kristy Sadlier have meticulously curated an enviable array of styling products and services. Beautifully presented, Norsu offers prints to homewares, soft furnishings to floor coverings. Or why not let the team do the work for you, with one of their style services on offer.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for Australian homewares, gifts, fashion and accessories – Little Miss Audrey is a local favourite. Showcasing an exquisite array of Australian brands, hand-picked by owner Vivian Paget, this store prides itself on supporting local labels. With handmade pots, perfumes, jewellery and more, Little Miss Audrey will quickly become one of your must-stop shopping destinations in Malvern East.
When you’re ready to turn inward, The Habitat Space is a serene wellness studio in the heart of Malvern East. With everything from yoga to reformer Pilates, barre to HIIT and circuit, there is something for everyone to enjoy here. With a focus on mindfulness and relaxation in each class, and providing access to holistic health practitioners, including nutritionists and naturopaths, The Habitat Space will help you reach your health goals in a positive and inclusive environment.
Like its streets and businesses, Malvern East’s properties are as pretty as a picture. Along its tree-lined backroads you’ll find attractive heritage houses, elegant bungalows and stately period homes – all behind white picket fences and well-tended gardens. Offering a strong sense of community and lifestyle in spades, Malvern East is a prized suburb in the heart of Melbourne’s inner south-east.