Located only five kilometres from Melbourne CBD, Richmond is a precinct with strong multicultural influences. Named after Richmond Hill in London, this is a mecca for retail shopping, myriads of cafe's and Vietnamese cuisine.
Bridge Road and Swan Street are home to all the major Australian retail brands of clothing, jewellery and shoes. If time is on your side, allow at least a day of shopping with pit stops at the many cafe's for an energy boost.
Burnley Street caters for those in need of stylish and practical furniture. Whether you are on a budget or after custom-made furniture, this end of Richmond is a hidden treasure for furniture and home furnishings.
At the corner of Burnley and Victoria Streets is Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre. Only four kilometres east of the CBD, this complex boasts the only IKEA store in Victoria - brace yourself for busy traffic in the store on weekends. The centre's major stores include: Coles, Kmart, Hoyts, Freedom, Fitness First, Kingpin Bowling plus an additional 75 specialty stores.
Next door is Fenix, home of Mr Gastronome himself, Raymond Capaldi. This is the place to relax with a glass of wine and a scrumptious meal overlooking the scenic Yarra. If you're into nature and lush greenery then this is the place for you! Sample one of the many flavoursome and perfectly presented dishes and if possible, request a table overlooking the Victoria Street Bridge for some relaxing time as you enjoy your meal.
After all that shopping head down Victoria Street to 'Little Vietnam' for some fresh and traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Your money will go a long way here when you dine at the dozens of restaurants. Victoria Street is also home to other cuisines including Cantonese.
And if you feel as though you want to be Iron Chef at home, you can buy all the traditional Asian fruit and vegetables as well as the authentic cooking utensils from the many stores along Victoria Street, that are open late in the evening for some late night shopping.
For those who love the fresh produce from a Farmer's Market, head down to Gleadell Street on a Saturday morning, round the corner from Richmond Town Hall. Grab the freshest and best quality seafood from the white truck as well as some fresh fruit and vegies and organic breads.
For more information, contact the City of Yarra on 9205 5555 Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm.
Review by Monica | OnlyMelbourne Review Team
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→ Gleadell Street Market
→ Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre
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