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Quaint Middle Park is known for its picturesque and immaculately kept Victorian terraces that ooze sophisticated elegance. Then there are the luxurious Edwardian family homes, and modern renovated apartments.
Stepping into the the cosy Middle Park Hotel really is like stepping back in time. Built in 1889 and exquisitely refitted this century, this is not your typical local pub – features like the polished brass kick-rail in the front bar to the wood-panelling in the dining room make this place stand apart. The menu features hearty British pub classic such as fish and chips and five different types of steak.
For the ladies of Middle Park, Empress Clothing is a favourite local boutique. Friendly and warm, owner Mariana knows 90 percent of her customers and offers them great customer service – because she knows what they love to wear. For the men, Armstrong Barber Co is where passionate and legendary Irish barber Aidan plies his trade – assisted by his friendly pooch Modra. The classic old-style barber shop is popular with locals, including some football players.
Even shopping for groceries is a pleasant experience in this idyllic enclave. The Gum Tree Good Food caters to all your culinary needs, whether you’re after fresh produce, fabulous cheeses, handcrafted treats, deli goods or condiments. There’s also a selection of fine wines and freshly baked loaves of bread.
When the sun comes out, Middle Park really shines. Locals cycle along bike paths that curve their way along the bay, take a dip in the bracing waters of Port Phillip Bay, or head to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre to play an array of sports from badminton and basketball, to volleyball and squash. Alternatively, Middle Park Bowling Club offers a relaxed and social afternoon, with fun ‘summer night lights’ events in the warmer months offering live music, food trucks and barefoot bowls. Established in 1903, it’s one of Melbourne’s oldest clubs.