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Top Choice Gardens in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Royal Botanic Gardens

Melbourne's Royal Botanical Gardens are simply glorious. From the air, the 94-acre spread evokes a giant green lung in the middle of the city. Drawing over 1.5 million visitors annually, the gardens are considered o…
Top Choice Gallery in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Justin Art House Museum

The geometric, zinc-clad home of Melbourne art collectors Charles and Leah Justin doubles as the Justin Art House Museum. Book ahead for a private tour of the couple's dynamic collection of contemporary art, consist…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Rufus

Hidden above Greville St, Rufus is deliciously posh and proper, dripping with chandeliers, tinted mirrors and swagged drapes. That the place is named after Sir Winston Churchill's beloved poodle is no coincidence: t…
Top Choice Desserts in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Zumbo

Aussie pâtissier Adriano Zumbo is hot property, famed for his outrageously creative, technically ambitious concoctions. Here, cheesecake might be made with yuzu-cream-cheese mousse and shaped like a Swiss cheese, an…
Monument in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Shrine of Remembrance

One of Melbourne's icons, the Shrine of Remembrance is a commanding memorial to Victorians killed in WWI. Built between 1928 and 1934, much of it with Depression-relief, or ‘susso’ (sustenance), labour, its stoic, c…
Modern Australian in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Woodland House

In a glorious Victorian villa, Woodland House is home turf for young-gun chefs Thomas Woods and Hayden McFarland, former sous chefs for lauded Melbourne restaurateur Jacques Reymond. The menu spotlights quality loca…
Modern Australian in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Gilson

Sassy new kid Gilson straddles the line between cafe and restaurant. Directly opposite the Botanic Gardens, it has a concrete and Italian-marble fit-out inspired by midcentury French modernism and contemporary, Ital…
Art in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

ArtBoy Gallery

ArtBoy displays the talent of up-and-coming and established Melbourne artists. Artworks are affordable, unique and edgy, ranging from stencil to abstract, pop and photography. Even the gallery's rear roller door is …
Design in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Lunar Store

This adorable space belongs to Jules Unwin, who fills it up with her favourite things. It's a great place to score quirky, offbeat design objects by both local and foreign artisans. Snoop around and you might find a…
Italian in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Da Noi

Elegant Da Noi serves up beautiful dishes from Sardinia, the island home of owner-chef Pietro Porcu. Offerings change daily, with the chef’s special reinterpreted several times a night on some occasions. Just go wit…