Renowned for its boutique shopping, wealth of eateries, and lively nightlife, the area is a melting pot of cultures, cuisine, and couture. Victorian terraced houses line the suburb’s quieter streets, while converted warehouses dominate the former-industrial areas. With a raft of public transport options, sporting facilities galore, and the city only a short stroll away, Richmond delights all five senses with the vibrancy of Melbourne life.
Deserving of its popularity among Richmond’s discerning café crowd is Pillar of Salt. The bustling café serves up a menu exploding with flavour and variety. Expect everything from black porridge and a Greek board, to pan-fried gnocchi and lamb shoulder tacos. Smoothies, juices and cocktails round out what’s on offer from this energetic little cafe.
Feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of a magazine, in the Jardan showroom. With an extensive catalogue of styles and designs, there’s something in their range to suit any aesthetic or taste. Rich, textured fabrics and quality made designs are at the core of the Jardan brand. The affable team will also work alongside you to help you attain your décor dreams.
A favourite among locals for its authentic, freshly made pasta is Ms Frankie. The menu offers sumptuous, sophisticated flavours, showcasing the simplicity and elegance of traditional Southern Italian cooking. The drinks list is expansive and adventurous, with Ms Frankie’s signature cocktails taking centre stage. When it comes time to order, it’s hard to go past the gnocchi di ricotta or linguine con scampi, washed down with a Frankie’s tonic.
If you’re in search for that little special something, stop by Lily and the Weasel. This gorgeously presented boutique gift, homewares and accessories store is a treasure trove of unique designs from independent local designers. With a focus on eco-friendly and sustainable products, you’ll also find keep cups, an extensive kids’ range, soaps, candles and more.
With paper towel rolls stationed on every table, get ready to get your hands dirty at Kong BBQ. Serving a contemporary take on traditional Japanese and Korean fare, mouth- watering menu highlights include smoked wagyu brisket, Korean fried chicken, kimchi loaded fries, and Japanese cabbage slaw. With a minimalist décor and fun and funky vibe, this laidback eatery will undoubtedly become your regular.
Set over a sprawling two levels, Fargo & Co. is the place to be seen on Swan Street. Offering a sun-drenched rooftop, plush velour and gold décor, and enviable cocktail specials, head in for an after-work tipple, or wine the weekend away. Local tip: get a group together for their bottomless brunch available Saturdays or Sundays or join in on their fortnightly Yoga & Wine event.
For a more consistent yoga practice, head in for a class at Yoga 213. With booming hip hop beats as your backdrop, dance and flow your way through the fluid vinyasa class. Or for a slower pace, try the chill yoga, with reggae and disco as your soundtrack.
Richmond attracts independent professionals, mature couples and creative families looking to soak up the eclectic charm of the suburbs’ urban lifestyle. Steeped in history, this once working-class area is a diamond in the rough – with renovated warehouses, New York loft- style apartments and Victorian terraces. With cobblestoned street, a labyrinth of laneways and street art on every corner, this suburb oozes character.