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It's known as The Island and for good reason – Richmond has everything you need and you barely need to leave.

The land of plenty
For starters, there's no such thing as hunger in Richmond. Traditional Vietnamese and Greek pockets on Victoria Street and Swan Street respectively have fed Melbourne for generations. They're now joined by a seemingly endless list of gourmet dining destinations and boutique chains that satisfy the locals and attract gastro-tourists.

Swan Street Hill's Greek precinct is further enlivened by Saint Urban and Cochin for fine wines and simple fare. Chingon and Fonda fly the flag for Mexico. The Meatball and Wine Bar, Botherambo and Meatmother keep Swan Street hip, and Messina does a roaring trade in gelati on even the coldest winter night.

Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the fast, fresh and exceptional Vietnamese food on Victoria Street, Melbourne's Little Saigon. 

Fine dining and prototypical cafes
Mister Jennings, Union Dining, Anchovy, Noir and Minamishima are doing their bit to keep Richmond in chef's hats, while Kong and Baby Pizza bring Chin Chin flair to Church Street. 

Typically 'Melbourne' cafes like Top Paddock, Touchwood, Cheerio, Pillar of Salt, Denis the Menace and Friends of Mine are scattered around the neighbourhpod to ensure you're never far from a decent coffee.

Bar Economico and the hidden Bar Exuberante are known worldwide for being utterly unexpected.

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. 

Pubs and footy
With the MCG just across Punt Road from Richmond, and the Sports Precinct right on the doorstep, chances are a sporting occasion will start and end in Richmond.

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. 

Bridge Road is Melbourne's long-standing factory outlet shopping strip. Seconds stores come and go, but you can rely on good deals at Gorman Surprise, Metalicus 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. Church Street and the back streets of Cremorne are where to go for designer furniture and objets d'art – see Space Furniture, Poliform and Criteria . 

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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