Elsternwick, Glen Huntly RoadDiscover the secrets of Elsternwick where the old-world charm of family businesses and historic architecture mixes seamlessly with slick and modern boutiques, gift shops, jewellers and restaurants.
From the beauty of the heritage-listed mansion Rippon Lea Estate, the inspiration of the Jewish Holocaust Centre and delectable family run cake shops, to the tempting array of high-fashion and cosmopolitan dining, Elsternwick really does have something for everyone. Jump on a tram or train with family or friends and be absorbed by the flavours, sights and smells of Elsternwick and you won't be disappointed.
Elsternwick, Glen Huntly Road
A short tram ride south of the city, Elsternwick could be classified as Melbourne's own slice of Europe - the perfect place to spend a day. Explore this charmingly undiscovered shopping strip that is bursting with history and culture. Every nook and cranny of Elsternwick tells a story. Look below your feet to discover colourful mosaic-laden footpaths depicting the area's architectural history, including the original Post Office, Elsternwick Club and other buildings from the 1800s.
Venture into the internationally acclaimed Jewish Holocaust Centre for a moving glimpse into offshore history. Interact with local Holocaust survivors and hear their inspiring stories whilst exploring the museum's comprehensive exhibition.
Follow the tempting smells wafting from traditional Jewish cake and chocolate shops. Once enticed from the hustle and bustle, visiting these family businesses feels homely and inviting. Discover the owner's personal history and some Elsternwick anecdotes whilst ogling endless selections of mouth-watering pastries. Trying just one is impossible - each one is a work of art in itself.
It's not only the edible items that will make you drool. The fine leather goods and selections of uniquely styled shoes, jewellery and clothing in the modern boutiques are every fashion-lover's dream. When you're all shopped out, watch a jeweller or cobbler's traditional craft. Peering through the shop window, you will see expert techniques acquired from many years work and the passing down of family trade secrets.
If shopping has inspired wardrobe-filling fantasies of the high-life, visit the heritage-listed 19th century mansion, Rippon Lea Estate. Built in the Romanesque style, it is secreted within beautifully-maintained original Victorian grounds including a fernery, heritage orchard, conservatory and lake. Stepping inside, the decor is a mix of lavish Victorian decoration from the original owners and glamorous 1930s 'Hollywood' lifestyle features from the last residents.
Relax with a freshly brewed latte or short black in one of Elsternwick's alfresco cafes and watch as friends and families from various cultures gather for a bite to eat. If the endless selection of eateries is any indication, it's easy to see that sharing a meal is a pastime loved by the locals. With Japanese, Chinese, Hungarian, Middle Eastern, Italian, Lebanese and Thai restaurants, the only difficulty will be choosing between so many worldly flavours.
Spend a day in Elsternwick and prepare to be dazzled by a cosmopolitan precinct that offers culture and history all served up with a generous dose of local hospitality.
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ Glen Huntly Road Elsternwick | Map
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Elsternwick, Glen Huntly Road
→ Jewish Holocaust Centre
→ Rippon Lea Estate
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→ Glen Huntly 3163
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