Boasting established homes, expansive parks and a close, community- feel, Surrey Hills is a hidden gem in Melbourne’s inner east. An easy commute to the city, the area is home to gorgeous tree-lined streets, a thriving community centre and the bustling Union Road shopping strip which is not to be missed. Effortlessly combining the sanctuary of quiet suburbia with the convenience of being only 11 kilometres from the CBD, Surrey Hills is unique.
Coffee connoisseurs need go no further than Steam Coffee Co. Perfectly situated next to the train station for your morning commute, the team at Steam are driven by a playful exploration of coffee flavours. There’s an extensive coffee menu to choose from or consult the vibrant flavour chart mapped boldly on the wall to help guide you.
Whether it’s for breakfast or lunch, Reunion Café Dining will have your taste buds singing. Licensed and with a sophisticated décor and bustling atmosphere, Reunion offers a unique and exciting dining experience. The extensive menu includes such brunch favourites as smashed avo and ricotta hotcakes or try the lamb mezze bowl or miso cauliflower gratin.
If it’s a sweet tooth you’re trying to satiate, Zimt Patisserie has you covered. Offering a vibrant and decadent selection from gorgeously glazed desserts to Zimt’s renowned hand-stretched strudel, cakes to quiches, pies to pastries. Call to book their scrumptious high tea or stop by for an afternoon coffee in the sun.
Pass through ethereal white curtains into the serene sanctuary of InSpirit Urban Retreat. Owner, Sarah Cundall offers yoga classes as well as Ayurvedic treatments and massages, set within the beautiful backdrop of a 1910s circa home. Discover your dosha, unleash your warrior and then relax over shared tea and homemade bliss balls.
Bucking the disposable fashion trend, the team at Cachi Design are dedicated to providing tailor made clothing for the fashion astute, regardless of age. Pieces are cut to order and made from easy wear, non-creasing fabrics or, if you’d prefer something off the rack, they’ll happily make any alterations on the spot at no extra cost.
Serving up some of Melbourne’s best modern Italian cuisine is Piccino. A family affair, this bustling restaurant-come-café boasts an impressive menu, rich in flavours and quality ingredients. You’ll also find salads, sandwiches and heavenly cakes and slices. Be sure not to miss their osso buco poached eggs or orecchiette with vodka chili sauce.
Rustic Heart are stockists of an exquisite collection of beautiful gifts and homewares. Sourcing locally made clothing, jewellery, candles and soft furnishings, no matter the occasion, there’s something for everyone.
When it’s time to unwind, head in to Pembroke. With a sophisticated décor, covered outdoor dining and their infamous row of “Tinder Tables”, stop by during their generous happy hour or sample some of the delicious fare from their extensive menu. Be sure not to miss their Sunday Roasts with live music and a hearty roast; there’s no better way to cap off your weekend.
Charming and elegant, Surrey Hills offers quiet streets, parks and gardens alongside enviable bars and eateries which make it the perfect suburb to keep the whole family happy.