There’s no doubt about it, Malvern is a charming suburb. From the eclectic restaurants on Glenferrie Road to the quirky hidden cafes in the suburban streets, whatever your lifestyle, this area has it all. You can cycle around Central Park, picnic at the nearby Malvern Urban Forest or spend an evening at the historic Malvern Theatre Company. Not to mention Prahran and South Yarra offer lively evenings just around the corner – with the cool serenity of home a stone’s throw away.
It’s impossible to visit Malvern without dropping by its beloved patisserie, Millstone Patisserie & Cafe. Founded by chef Alice Wright after training in Paris, its French roots are undeniable. Customers are greeted in French by name, its homemade pastries and croissants fly from the shelves and the exceptional cakes are accompanied by exceptional service. The croissants are a must – that is, if you can get your hands on one before they sell out.
A favourite lunch haunt is Master of None, a cafe housed in a former garage that owner Tennyson Andrew transformed with his own hands. Serving rustic food that matches it’s warm and rustic interior, it provides a home away from home. There’s a handy coffee window for customers on their way to the train station, but for those with a little more time, sit inside on one of Tennyson’s custom-made chairs to watch the world walk by – with a delicious cup of coffee and toastie of course.
Another local gem is Milton Wine Shop. The intimate wine bar offers an impressive selection of wine from around the world, and is a haven for trying something new and rare. Low intervention and natural wines sit alongside the great classics, offering diversity with every drop. The store has created an active community of wine aficionados and enthusiasts, with special events running throughout the year. It’s somewhere you’ll find yourself visiting again and again.
Shoppers are spoiled for choice in this well-heeled suburb, with some of the finest fashion and homeware stores hugging Glenferrie Road and hidden around quiet corners, just waiting to be discovered. Mondo Cherry is one of these stores, quietly resting on Claremont Avenue. Opened by sisters Clare and Joy to share their love for handmade arts with creative locals, it’s a love letter to artisanal products that are created with care. Clare’s iconic paper art adorn the walls, beside helpful colour samples – allowing customers to dream up custom pieces that are then matched to their wallpaper or favourite clothing item. A treat for everybody involved.
Malvern offers a suburban sanctuary that you’ll never want to leave. A green and expansive area, it’s home to some of Melbourne’s most prestigious properties, canopied by wide and leafy streets. Locals enjoy luscious parks, a relaxing swim centre, excellent transport links and some of the country’s best schools. Residents are proud of the area’s vibrant community, and new residents are welcomed with open arms.
With some of Melbourne’s most regal properties, Malvern offers many immaculate Edwardian and Victorian-era homes. Their block sizes are slightly larger than further inner city suburbs, like Armadale, providing spacious family living inside and out. With easy access to so many things, this attractive suburb offers a picture-perfect snapshot of life in Melbourne.