Its wide-open streets are canopied by established trees and peppered with charming Edwardian, Federation and inter-war homes, making Mont Albert an idyllic slice of Melbourne life. Well serviced by public transport and an easy commute to town, this picturesque pocket combines the best of quiet suburban life with the convenience of being close to amenities. The area is also home to the highly regarded Mont Albert Primary School, and is only a short distance from some of Melbourne’s most prestigious private schools, making this a suburb that’s a favourite among families and professionals alike.
Residents in Mont Albert are a respectful lot, whether it’s in the care they take with one another or the consideration for their homes. Expect to find perfectly manicured gardens, picket fences and beloved pooches as accessories to the suburb’s quality Edwardian and Federation homes.
Nestled at the southern end of the Mont Albert village strip sits Mason Lane Café. Serving up delicious brunch fare, choose between the Mont Albert benedict, Black Forest pancakes, or the local favourite, spiced chai pannacotta. Whet your whistle with a smoothie or house blend coffee, uniquely coupled with antique teaspoons from owner Karen Wilson Holmes’ Great Aunt’s collection.
Just across the road you will find the Mont Albert Florist. Awash with brilliants hues thanks to the exquisite flowers and items they stock, you will find the perfect gift for those with even the fussiest of tastes. Choose from indulgent hampers or abundant bouquets, candles, frames, pots and vases.
A family business established in 1978, Enni has grown to include three locations, including its most recently opened store in the heart of the Mont Albert village. Stocking timeless pieces, as well as the latest fashion trends from brands such as ELK, Verge, Elm and Mela Purdie, Enni prides itself on being environmentally-friendly – using renewable energy to power their stores, and recyclable or fully biodegradable packaging.
At the top of the shopping strip, hugged by outdoor dining spaces, is Churchill Café and Larder. Set within the backdrop of a sophisticated décor, this fully licenced venue offers a contemporary breakfast and lunch menu and boasts an enviable cabinet of cakes and slices baked on site daily. Sit outside in the sun-drenched courtyard, or inside under the many works of art for sale.
Set in a converted mechanics, Mister and Miss Café is a sleek and contemporary eatery, that epitomises Melbourne’s café culture. Peppered with styling echoes of the building’s past, booth seating, and a spacious outdoor dining area, complete with retractable roof, Mister and Miss is the place to be seen. The only thing to rival the décor is their extensive food and drinks menu. Serving up generous portions, expect chorizo omelette, superfood salad, and soft-shell crab burgers.
Taken from the Japanese word for cloth, Nuno Nuno is a fabric store with a difference. Stocking handmade items from Australia and Japan, Nuno Nuno has an enviable collection of unique giftware, fabric prints, and accessories for embroidery and sashiko. For those new to the needle, improve your sewing prowess by attending one of the many workshops on offer.