Yarraville is only four kilometres from Melbourne's CBD and is lined with refurbished 19th Century buildings and quaint neighbourhood cafe's, award-winning restaurants and boutiques.
This inner-western suburb has recently experienced rapid gentrification and as a result boasts organic produce, restaurants with white tablecloth service as well as kitsch nick-knacks that have made this once working-class suburb a place for coffee-sippers, foodies, boutique shopping and those in need of unique finds from a village-like town.
North of the West Gate Bridge and West of the Yarra River, Yarraville Village begins at Anderson Street and continues along the adjacent Ballarat Street where the refurbished 1938 Art-Deco Sun Theatre is located.
For an out of this world pizza experience, head to Mad Moose next door to Yarraville station for some crazy but delicious toppings. Fancy a lamb souvlaki minus the pita but on a thin crust Cyclops pizza? Or perhaps a duck creation that would usually be served in a pancake but instead served with cucumber, carrot and plum sauce, otherwise known as Plucka pizza. For dessert, who ever thought a traditional apple pie would suffice, instead order a mouth-watering Apple Pie Dessert Pizza that is lined with vanilla custard, smothered with stewed cinnamon apple, caked with biscuit crumble and dusted with icing sugar - the ingredients simply speak for itself!
To walk off your pizza feast, wonder down Anderson Street where an old-world charm meets modern lifestyle at Plump Organic Grocery for the freshest organic fruit, vegetables and other delicacies around town. Andrew's Choice sells quality meat, smallgoods and other continental delicacies that is unique to this strip. And for those with a sweet tooth, visit The Old Village Lolly Shop for some fantastic finds like the good old Yorkie and American favourites like Reese's peanut butter crisps and Twinkies.
Featured in the Age's Cheap Eats Guide, head to Feedback Cafe, where hearty, wholesome dishes are served and made from locally sourced produce. Carson's Lounge will set the mood for casual dining with friends or family and even a relaxed evening for drinks set against a cosy atmosphere and great music. Enjoy two meals for the price of one on Wednesday nights!
For some fine Italian cuisine, Acqua e Vino it located just around the corner on Ballarat Street. An extensive wine list and scrumptious tapas as well as cigars are on the menu. Choose from either The Aristocrats, The Socialites or The Room for a variety of ambience, food and music that caters to the room's namesake. Next door is L'Uccelino, a fine-dining Italian restaurant that makes gourmet pizzas - at the opposite pole from Mad Moose; serving pizzas with delectable ingredients including: gorgonzola, tiger prawns, Porcini mushrooms and prosciutto.
Anderson Street caters for all kinds of clothing shoppers. For those after kitsch, classic and funk head to Village Idiom, and for local and overseas designer wear visit the ever-so-stylish Lacquer boutique.
And after all that shopping, pick your next destination: homemade cakes and coffee at Hausfrau Bakery or head to The Blarney Stone Irish Pub for beer on tap and quality pub meals.
Review by Monica | OnlyMelbourne Review Team
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Yarraville, Victoria - Wikipedia
→ Sun Theatre: Yarraville
→ Yarraville.com.au - The Yarraville Community Online
→ Yarraville Community Centre
→ Review by Monica | OnlyMelbourne Review Team
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