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You won't go hungry in Richmond, whether it's from packing in the pies at the footy, brunching in a cosy cafe, fine dining in a hatted restaurant, Vietnamese treats or pizza slices after a gig.


You'll need all the sustenance you can get for the marathon shopping sprees at Bridge Road's major label factory outlets and seconds stores – get good deals at Gorman, Alannah Hill, Kathmandu and Country Road. Also pay heed to the small boutiques popping up with small, selected offerings, like Swan Street's Royal Order of Nothing and Lily and the Weasel.

Eat up

Tip your hat to The Age Good Food Guide champions adding fine culinary pedigree to the local dining scene: Mister Jennings and Anchovy on Bridge Road; Union Dining and Noir on Swan Street, and Burnley Street stalwart The Grand.

Dreaming of sushi? Do Jiro proud and immerse yourself in an okamase experience at three-hatted Minamishima.

Flirt with the south side of the river at Baby Pizza and Kong on Church Street. The Mexican vibe can be found at Chingon and Fonda. Embrace the hustle and bustle of the fast, fresh and exceptional Vietnamese food on Victoria Street, Melbourne's Little Saigon.

Typically 'Melbourne' cafes like Pillar of Salt, Touchwood, Reunion and Co. and Friends of Mine ensure you're never far from a decent coffee. Make your way to Bridge Road to share honest, Latin food at El Atino & Co., or to Swan Street for ethical eats at Feast of Merit.

The arts end of Richmond

A drink with mates in Richmond goes down better to the sounds of live music. Queue around the, er, corner to see international buzz bands, local stalwarts or heavyweights having an intimate moment at the Corner Hotel.

Church Street is the place to go for designer furniture and objets d'art. Clear your calendar for time to stroll the galleries on Albert Street. Come in May for the open day, with talks and exhibitions and entertainment.

Pubs and footy

Prop up the bar and soak up pre-footy atmosphere at renovated working class watering holes like the London Tavern, the Richmond Club Hotel, the Swan, the Great Britain, and Prince Alfred Hotel. Then head to the 'G to cheer on your assigned or adopted Aussie Rules football team.

How to get there

By tram: Number 70 from Flinders Street to Swan Street; Number 109 from Collins Street to Victoria Street; Number 48 from Collins Street to Bridge Road; Number 75 from Flinders Street to Bridge Road.

By train: From Flinders Street Station to Richmond Station on the Frankston, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Sandringham, Glen Waverley, Alamain, Lilydale and Belgrave lines (about 10 minutes); and Collingwood on the Epping and Hurstbridge lines for Abbotsford (about 15 minutes).

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Feast of Merit

Taste the satisfaction of eating fine food with a social conscience in this communal dining house.

The London Tavern

See for yourself that footy crowds and top pub food can get along at Richmond's London Tavern.

Prince Alfred

Hit the front bar for boutique beer sipping or while away an afternoon in the busy beer garden.

Slow Beer

Visit Richmond's Slow Beer often to make the most of the four regularly changing craft beer taps.

The Bridge Hotel

There's a maze of saloons, balconies and even a laneway to explore at the revamped Bridge Hotel.

The Collection Bar

Pretend you're at your own apartment drinking cocktails and eating tapas, perched on a real Eames.

Amsterdam Street Cafe

Dart between the motor body repair shops to the café with the red façade for a knock-out cup o' joe.

Public House

Forget the rock days of old and flex your expense account at this top-notch drinking establishment.

Royal Saxon

Stop in and see why Richmond's historic Royal Saxon is now hailed as a prize-winning 'urban ruin'.

The Corner Hotel

Join the locals queuing up to see international buzz bands or local stalwarts most nights of the year.

Mountain Goat Brewery

Free tours, pizza and celebrated ales are the order of the day at this independent microbrewery.

Union Dining

Uncover the provincial life at the top of Swan Street with deceptively simple dining and fine wines.





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