Chapel St.

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Chokka with good­ies, just don’t catch chain­store-itis. From South Yarra Sta­tion, whip over Toorak Rd. for Mecca Cos­met­ica at #166 / 9827 8711, a buf­fet of lush be­wdy brands. Cross back, head right, then swing left into Clare­mont St. for mac­aron ma­gi­cian Adri­ano Zumbo’s mega pop­u­lar patis­serie at #14 / 1800 858 611. Sneak right via Yarra Lane to in­flu­en­tial fash­ion palace Le Lou­vre at 2 Daly St. / 9650 1300, a mir­rored shrine to swoon-wor­thy Lan­vin, Jil San­der and Stella McCart­ney, with bridal gowns up­stairs. Exit left and turn left up Chapel St. for Burch & Purch­ese Sweet Stu­dio at #647 / 9827 7060, a won­der­land of cakes, chox n’ sugar art. Exit right and sashay south down Chapel St. to Toorak Rd. If you’re feel­ing nib­bly zip left into Toorak Rd. and cross over for zingy Viet­namese morsels at Miss­Chu at #276 / 9041 5848, and while you’re there nip into fine art trove #270 Gould Gal­leries / 9827 8482 / Tue-Sat / be­fore dou­bling back to Chapel St. and turn­ing left. Tot­ter along for dandy den Déclic at #588 / 9827 5258 / with smart shirts and ties; Oz main­stay #576 Saba’s / 9826 3600 / state­ment threads (m/w); Marcs at #576 / 9826 4906 / for casj guys’ n’ gals’ day­wear; Marimekko at #576 / 9804 7213 / with vi­brant, pat­terned Fin­nish home­ware; and, on the cnr of Ox­ford St., saucy lo­cal femme la­bel Scan­lan Theodore at #566 / 9824 1800. Side step left into Ox­ford St. for floaty swim­mers and beach gear (w) at Zim­mer­mann / 9827 2123, then hop back onto Chapel and carry on to find fab Di­nosaur De­signs at #562 / 9827 2600 / with sculp­tural candy-coloured resin jew­ellery and table­ware, fol­lowed by skate and street-art m/w tees and sweats at Black­Book #558 / 9824 1104. Cross over for con­cep­tual Oz fash la­bel (w) LIFEwith­BIRD at #563 / 9029 6934, graphic lo­cal fave Gor­man at #561 / 9826 9516 / and saucy Syd­ney glam­our­puss (w) Sass & Bide at #531 / 9804 7270. Exit right and af­ter a brisk walk, look left for cov­etable, con­tempo in­te­ri­ors at #464 West Elm / 8396 0300, be­fore nip­ping into Wil­son for race-y North­side Wheel­ers at #6a / 0409 413 700 / with fine vin­tage-mod cy­cling wares. Whisk back to Chapel and cross to colo­nial-chic up­stairs bar Zhou Zhou at #455 / 9826 0169 / 5pm-11pm Wed-Thu & Sun, till 2am Fri-Sat / for a much de­served pit­stop. Re­fu­elled, exit right – now comes 400m of retail desert, so cab it or trot on down to Com­mer­cial Rd. Turn­ing right here takes you to gourmet Prahran Mar­ket with cook­ing school/kitchen­ware cav­ern The Es­sen­tial In­gre­di­ent (see Ac­tiv­i­ties), and bean-buff café Mar­ket Lane Coffee / 9804 7434 / Tue-Sun. Car­ry­ing on down Chapel, turn right at the clock tower into Gre­ville St.; on the cor­ner of Izett St. is Third Drawer Down / #155 / 9534 4088 / with witty, mod home­wares, then Signed & Num­bered at #153 / 9077 6468 / has lo­cally-made prints by il­lus­tra­tors and street artists. Head back to Chapel; on the right is Chapel St. Bazaar at #217 / 9529 1727 / a jum­ble of vin­tage furny and faff. By now you must be famished, so cross over to crisp white David’s at 4 Ce­cil Pl. / 9529 5199 / for rus­tic Shang­hainese, or go up and left into High St. to feast on ph­woar­some pho at Hanoi Han­nah at #180 / 9939 5181, then slalom over to The Smith at #213 (see Rest./Smart) for niche vino sips. Nice one, Sharon! If you’re still full of beans post sips, the Hawks­burn itin is but a cab hop away.

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