Amaru produces dishes to highlight the depths of modern Australian cuisine, designed to evoke the senses and challenge the imagination. Small plates work up to larger courses and desserts, which don’t compromise on appearance or flavour.
A bottle-store-cross-wine-bar identity defines Toorak Cellars, a celebrated institution for quick takeaways and lengthy, conversational evenings held over bottles imported from all over the world. A by the glass list is always found on the store’s blackboard behind the front counter, select one and head out to the courtyard in the warmer months for some quality indulgence.
A slice of Paris, on Beatty Avenue. Chez Bob is a charming French bistro, serving up classics such as French onion soup, duck confit, and succulent eye fillets with béarnaise drizzled over. Finish things up with a crème brûlée or tarte tatin to round up an authentic French dining experience.
David Jones Food Hall
Malvern Central is set to be the first Victorian home of David Jones’ new wave of food halls, a concept headed by chef Neil Perry. Opening in 2018, the 550 square metre space will house premium meat, seafood, fresh groceries and packaged meals, alongside smallgoods from the best brands, many of which are exclusive to David Jones.
Moby has visitors flocking for a number of reasons – with a rooftop courtyard that is just sensational when the weather is right, the cafe serves everything from Middle Eastern to Asian-inspired dishes in the most creative ways possible.
This restaurant claims to love pizza so much, the owners have called it a ‘religion’. With two locations in close proximity to the homes, Pizza Religion serves up traditional and modern pizzas to cater to a wide array of preferences – whether you’re a meat lover, vegetarian, or neither.
Sagra is a chameleon of sorts – beyond the Italian restaurant on the ground floor, the Malvern institution also houses a food store, gallery and rooftop bar. Created by Ross Chessari, Sagra is founded on the celebration of great food – its name deriving from the vibrant food festivals that take place all over Italy.
Sometimes, all you need is a good glass of wine and something delectable to accompany it. That is precisely what Wine 1160 aims to deliver. The wine bar holds an ambiance so homely and comforting, you may struggle to leave.
Acne Studios is only present in 21 cities around the world – Melbourne and Sydney are lucky enough to be among them. The label, which was founded in Stockholm, tailors clothes using an eclectic selection of materials and custom-developed fabrics. Shoppers will find men’s and women’s denim, ready-to-wear fashion, footwear and accessories.
Aeēsop has come a long way since planting its roots in Melbourne back in 1987. It’s now a global brand, renowned for its skin, hair and body care products that are founded on ingredients of the earth. Whether it’s a bottle of laboratory-made ingenuity you seek, or a gift for someone else, Aeēsop has beauty covered.
Assembly Label endlessly honours minimalist design in the forms of men’s and women’s fashion. The Australian brand caters to those who admire relaxed staples. Waltz through the immaculately set up store to discover effortless style in the forms of dresses, jackets, knitwear, and shoes that are bound to stay in style.
Camilla and Marc
While other siblings spend years growing up fighting brother-sister duo Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman put their energy into creating one of Australia’s most iconic independent brands. Camilla and Marc is where lavishness meets cutting edge fashion, its pieces found hanging on beautfiul gold clothing racks.
Designer Dion Lee thrives on experimental construction. His men’s and women’s pieces are crafted by pairing traditional tailoring with luxurious materials. The brand has risen in the fashion world ranks of late, and Pelham’s residents are within close proximity of one of its two Melbourne stores.
One of Mecca Cosmetica’s newest outposts has opened on High Street – adding to the already impressive range of immaculately composed stores. Hosting products from over 100 brands, the store offers exceptional service from beauty experts. Skincare, makeup, hair care and more, Mecca is a one-stop destination for all things needed to pamper.
Scanlan Theodore has delivered modern, elegant women’s clothing for over 25 years. Clean aestheticism meets femininity in the brand’s designs, which extend from basics to more elaborate dresses that are all distinctively show-stopping in their approach.
Sophisticated femininity lies at the heart of Zimmermann’s creations, which exude a love for detail, colour and print. Whether it’s swimwear or a formal dress, the label always delivers on quality. Zimmermann is for those wishing to make a statement, in the most stylish way possible.
Happy Melon Studios
Happy Melon finds itself at the intersection of a wellness studio and a gym. The majority of classes on offer fall under the Pilates, yoga, meditation and boxing categories. All undertaken in bright, and uplifting studios.
Harold Holt Swim Centre
The Harold Holt Swim Centre holds a lot more than just what’s in its name. A $13.3 million in 2010 boosted its offerings. Alongside indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the centre has a health club that runs group fitness classes, a hydrotherapy program as well as a spa and sauna for total rejuvenation.
Orrong Romanis Reserve
Found on Orrong Road, this reserve makes for the perfect spot for Pelham’s residents to powerwalk at, go for a run, or unwind with a picnic. Equipped with tennis courts and an oval with rugby goals, the reserve is a hub for health and wellbeing in the area.
Spread out across three levels, Goodlife Armadale provides locals with state-of-the-art facilities housing a vast assortment of programs. Alongside a refurbished swimming area, over 95 classes are available at the health club for all types of athletes, covering the realms of boxing, hot yoga and pump and more.
Trams, trains and buses are on Pelham’s doorstep. Just 60 metres away from Pelham is the No. 5 tram stop, travelling all the way down Wattletree Road, along Dandenong Road and to the city. Malvern Station is also found nearby, a nucleus connecting Melbourne via three major train lines.
Union Street Gardens
At the heart of Union Street Gardens is Cubbyhouse Kids Canteen, a cafe that exceeds all standards of ‘child-friendly’. Serving up the likes of animalthemed baby chinos and biscuits, you will see little ones walk up little steps to a canteen window to order their goodies. The canteen is located 100 metres away from a playground, making it a great base for parents to watch their precious ones play as they sit down for a coffee or lunch nearby. After you have refuelled, there’s the option to a footy on the large grassed area, or head to the basketball ring to practise your three-pointers.