Coventry St. / South Melbourne
Time your trip for appetite-seducing South Mellie Market days, when many shops open to match. Start with bella Euro antique homewares at Izzi & Popo at 258 Ferrars St. / cnr Dorcas St. / 9696 1771 / closed Tue. Exit left, stroll 100m and zap right, crossing the railway footbridge into Coventry St. to reach the South Melbourne Market at #322-26 / 8am-4pm Wed, Sat & Sun, till 5pm Fri. Grab a takeaway seasonal blend latte from Clement at Stall 89 / clement coffee.com / then hit Klopper at Stall 224 / W Aisle / 0408 039 299 / for quirky Oz design finds; SO:ME Space at cnr E Aisle & Ave E / with emerging local-name pop-ups; Stone Glint & Bone at Stall 154 / Aisle E / 0426 811 017 / for gothic gems and baubles; and The SuperCool / 0401 673 544 / with mod interior bobble and accessories. Retrace back out to Coventry for cute homeware haven Melody Nelson at #307 / 9686 3842 / melodynelson.com.au. Stride over Cecil St. to find screen-printed linens and throws at #289 Nest / 9699 8277 / nesthomewares.com.au, and industrial Francophile caff #285 Chez Dré (see Coffee) for nibble-worthy macarons and cakes. Carry on along Coventry and at #269 is Vincent2 / 9686 7702 / vincent2.com.au / stocking contempo Dutch and Scandi furny, then cross over to @ Luxe by Design at #266 / 9645 7706 / atluxe.com.au / for global home brands including Missoni Home, Orla Kiely and Eva Solo. Spin right at Clarendon St. for covetable men’s footwear, hats, moustache-grooming gear and accessories at #244 Beggar Man Thief / 9686 3006 / beggarmanthief.com.au, then retrace to Coventry, turn right and dart left into Yarra Pl. for ace eat and drink (and wee) stop St. Ali (see Coffee). Want more? You’re insatiable! Call a cab (see V. Useful) and beeline to the start of the nearby Albert Park itinerary.