Playful Prahran is bursting with Melbourne’s finest designer shopping and trend-setting cafes, making it a mecca for the city’s fashionable elite. Seamlessly connected to both city and St Kilda beach via trams and trains, this suburb shines with the finer things in life without taking itself too seriously. Socialites hop from brunch at chic cafes to sophisticated bars, gourmands indulge their every desire at upmarket restaurants, and well-heeled locals enjoy the glitz of Chapel Street – making Prahran a suburb buzzing with energy from dawn to dusk and beyond.
What better way to welcome in the weekend than being serenaded by gospel singers while you indulge in a bottomless brunch? The theatrical flair is what makes The Smith special. With its modern wooden interiors, lush greenery and natural light pouring in through the glass ceiling, this is the perfect place to catch up with friends year round. But locals don’t just flock here for the cocktails – the global menu offers everything from classy share plates to a classic burger.
Overflowing with cafes, bars, restaurants and shops, the beating heart of Prahran is lively Chapel Street. Attracting throngs of people from across the city, as well as a whole lot of tourists eager to sample the best of trend-setting Melbourne, this street makes for great people-watching. And then there’s the shopping.
If it’s vintage one-of-a-kind pieces you’re after, head to Chapel Street Bazaar. This institution is a favourite of collectors who happily spend hours rifling through treasures to find a unique lamp or piece of statement jewellery.
Venture off bustling Chapel to funky street-art filled Greville Street, and you’ll discover a bounty of boutiques showcasing the best of local designers. Or head to High Street, where you’ll find one-off gems at women’s clothing store Torsa. Offering wearable and classic pieces by the world’s top designers, blingy sneakers and even hip homewares, whether you’re dressing up or down, you’ll find something here.
When you walk through the doors of total health and wellness studio Sum of Us you’ll feel your shoulders melt and your heart-rate slow as your body relaxes. This place does exactly what’s on the label. In this welcoming sanctuary, you can nourish your body, mind and spirit with a yoga or pilates class, a meditation session, physiotherapy and massage, and even enjoy a beautiful meal of fresh food.
For those who do tire of trying a new restaurant every night can always invite guests home instead. The abundance of fresh produce and gourmet delights at nearby Prahran Market will make throwing together a dinner party a cinch. Wandering through the halls of the market, you’ll find it hard to resist the friendly market holders enticing you over to sample their wares.
Housed in a beautiful old bluestone church with stained glass windows, the renowned and quirky Chapel off Chapel is a unique arts venue. Offering an abundance of cultural experiences from cabaret to comedy, dance to visual art, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste.
Small pockets of green dot the backstreets of Prahran – quaint Victoria Gardens retains some of those Victorian features and an oasis of calm, a world away from the hubbub of the nearby main streets. It’s a great spot to take a book, sit down on a bench, and escape from the hubbub beyond.
Prahran’s classic style and old world glamour is characterised by its large collection of architecturally significant commercial buildings. Many of the locale’s period homes hold just as much character. Beautifully renovated Edwardian and Victorian terraces sit side-by-side with luxury designer apartments. From dawn to dusk, Prahran offers an inner city lifestyle of non-stop fun and decadence you’ll never tire of.