Nestled on the southern bank of the Yarra River, hugging the picturesque Botanic Gardens and just two train stops from the CBD, South Yarra’s locale would be reason enough to make it home.
Throw in top class eateries and bars, endless shopping and entertainment options, tree-lined streets and beautiful architecture and you’ve got yourself a neighbourhood that’s hard to beat.
The glamour and rich history of South Yarra is most apparent at Como House, a colonial mansion of Australian Regency and Italianate design set in over two hectares of verdant landscaped gardens and open to the public. The grandeur of Como has inspired others to take the same lavish approach to design, with many homes in the area designed by some of the city’s most celebrated architects.
Whether you’re in the mood for low-key cheap eats after a busy day at the office or an indulgent meal out with friends come the weekend, South Yarra delivers. Yagiz offers a fine dining experience highlighting no fuss, modern Turkish food with a twist. With a regularly changing menu the produce is the star of the show – most of the dishes feature just a few ingredients done well.
The most stressful thing about your weekend may be deciding where to go for brunch – in South Yarra, you’re spoilt for choice. Darling uses quality, locally sourced ingredients to create beautiful dishes bursting with colour. While the breakfast menu features all your favourites, the lunch menu offers a range of south-east Asian classics, like laksa, nasi goreng and pad thai. For brunch with a view, you can’t go past Kanteen. Overlooking the Yarra River and Herring Island, it’s the perfect place to while away a few hours with loved ones.
Locals here embrace their natural surrounds, grabbing every opportunity to take some time out in the great outdoors. For a taste of the iconic South Yarra lifestyle, take a stroll around the much-loved Tan Track, which follows the perimeter of the gardens, before popping into Gilson or The Botanical for a glass of wine. If you need something more vigorous to get the blood flowing (or to work off all those decadent meals), you could grab your racquet and head to the Fawkner Park Tennis Centre.
Turn the weekly grocery shop from a boring chore into a fun weekend activity by heading to Prahran Market. The abundance of fresh produce and gourmet delights make this place a food connoisseur’s dream. 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.
It’s impossible to be bored in South Yarra, such is the abundance of entertainment options. With not one but two cinemas – The Jam Factory and Palace Cinema Como – showing mainstream and arthouse movies, there’ll be something to please even the fussiest film buff. Not to mention the lively nightlife right on your doorstep – moody wine bars and casual pubs, there’s something to suit all tastes.
Hunting for a fabulous new dress or some beautiful new homewares? There’s no need to venture any further than the ever-buzzing Chapel Street. The fun, colourful, ‘70s style print dresses at Mister Zimi are enough to inspire anyone to book a holiday to an exotic island destination. The modern furniture and homewares at West Elm will turn your new house into a stylish and welcoming home. And if you’re an art lover with a few blank walls to fill, French painter Thierry B has you covered. His gallery Thierry B Fine Art on Malvern Road features paintings from himself and a number of other artists – but Thierry also creates bespoke pieces for clients less sure what they want.
The vibrant lifestyle precinct and opulent homes of South Yarra make it one of Melbourne’s most sought after neighbourhoods. With a wide range of properties on offer – from historic mansions to beautifully kept Victorian terrace houses, and Art Deco flats to contemporary apartment complexes, those looking for a new inner city home with lush, green surrounds should look no further: South Yarra is for you.