Black Rock House still stands in the heart of the suburb, its bluestone wall and stables protected by the impressive boughs of a fig tree. It’s just one of the local historic landmarks that add a touch of charm to the area. Nearby, the Black Rock Clock Tower stands as a beacon for lycra-clad cyclists powering their way along beach road on a Sunday morning, promising great coffee and healthy brunches.
Speaking of food, whether you’re into decadent pastries or modern tapas, Black Rock’s dining scene is sure to satisfy. The evocative sound of accordions transports you to Paris as you as you step into the cosy Flavours Patisserie Cafe. Here passionate pastry chef Christopher creates mouth-watering, flaky croissants by hand over three days using butter imported from Normandy.
Locals who like to try their hand in the kitchen have been sourcing their fresh pasta from The Pasta Eater for over two decades. Latest owner Julie has been churning out trays of everything from traditional spaghetti to soft pillows of roasted beetroot and caramelised onion ravioli since she left the corporate world to pursue her passion for pasta aged 50, and hasn’t looked back.
As the sun sets, locals wind down after the working week by sipping on wine and grazing on seafood and cheese plates at Black Drop, or tasting a local brew at converted garage True South, while sharing some Argentinian style tapas.
Black Rock may have a laidback vibe, but its beautiful surrounds entice most people to get active – and the options here are abundant. Hop on your bike for a cruise with a view, take a dip in the bracing waters of the bay, or fix your gaze on the actual horizon outside the windows of yoga studio Elevate Yoga as you perfect your tree pose. If golf is more your thing, step out onto the greens for a round at the exclusive Royal Melbourne Golf Club. There are also lawn bowls and tennis clubs nearby.