Windsor, Vic

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Wel­come to the new play­ground of the ur­ban hip­ster. Once the gritty af­ter­thought to pol­ished South Yarra and bo­hemian Prahran, this in­ner-Mel­bourne sub­urb now has a cool line-up of bars, restau­rants, in­de­pen­dent fash­ion bou­tiques and gal­leries. By Larissa Dubecki.

Eat TWO LOST BOYS

Tucked away in a quiet dead­end street over­look­ing Windsor Rail­way Sta­tion, this ul­tra-cute pit stop (twolost­boys.com.au) is the spir­i­tual home of the all-day break­fast. Posh toasties such as pear, gor­gonzola and rocket with bal­samic are a house spe­cialty. It also caters to the city’s brunchtime ob­ses­sion with an ex­cel­lent av­o­cado smash.

HAWKER HALL

An in­fec­tious party vibe ac­ces­sorises per­fectly with the hawker ethos at this smart ware­house con­ver­sion (hawker hall.com.au) from The Lu­cas Group sta­ble (Chin Chin, Kong, Kisumé). Chop-socky food runs the Sin­ga­pore-Malay gamut from sa­tays to dumplings and cur­ries, backed by about 20 beer taps and a cock­tail list as dressed to im­press as the din­ers.

NEP­TUNE

An In­sta-favourite when it opened midyear, this High Street new­comer (nep­tune.mel­bourne) spe­cialises in the fruits of the sea, from qual­ity tinned Span­ish cock­les – served with crisps and ca­per sauce – to snap­per crudo dot­ted with fin­ger lime and whipped roe anointed with bot­targa. Fancy an après­din­ner drink? Just head up­stairs to the equally slick cock­tail bar.

Drink JUN­GLE BOY

A venue that sums up Windsor’s ir­rev­er­ent ap­peal, Jun­gle Boy (jboy.com.au) is a se­cret tiki bar ac­cessed via a fridge door at the back of the Bos­ton Sub sand­wich shop. Not so se­cret? The qual­ity of its cock­tails (try the re­fresh­ing Watermelon Paloma with te­quila, lemon and rose syrup) and the crazy vibe of this plant-filled won­der­land.

LADY NEL­SON’S

A proper grown-up wine bar (la­dynel­sons.com.au) with plenty of vi­nous cu­rios and switched-on ser­vice, the Lady shows just how far Windsor has come. Choose from an ever-chang­ing list of 24 wines by the glass then sit on a stool by the win­dow for a gan­der at the neigh­bour­hood’s hu­man zoo.

Stay

THE CULLEN Let’s face it: the one thing Windsor is miss­ing is a re­ally great ho­tel. Lucky, then, that one of Mel­bourne’s best – the Art Se­ries Ho­tel Group’s Cullen (ho­tel.qantas.com.au/ art­seri­es­thecullen) – is a short stroll away on Com­mer­cial Road in Prahran. This bright, mod­ern ho­tel is dec­o­rated with works by its name­sake avant-garde artist, the late Adam Cullen.

Do

Hit the flicks Built in 1936, The As­tor The­atre (as­torthe­atre.net. au) is a city icon. The sin­gle-screen Art Deco gem spe­cialises in clas­sic and cult films, while the hand­made choc-tops are sec­ond to none.

Shop, don’t stop The eclec­tic end of Chapel Street is a vin­tageshop­per’s dream. Choose from end­less rows of preloved cow­boy boots at Vin­tage Sole (vin­tagesole. com.au) or pick up a 1970s Pucci scarf at Shag (shag­mel­bourne. com). Var­i­ous bric-a-brac shops sell tchotchkes for the per­fect sou­venir or me­mento.

But first, caf­feine…

Small but well formed, Sol­dier On (sol­dierone­spresso.com.au) takes a demo­cratic ap­proach to the per­fect brew, ro­tat­ing the beans of Mel­bourne’s best roas­t­er­ies.

Start – or end – your day with brekkie at Two Lost Boys (above) or cock­tails at Nep­tune (left and be­low)

A Ju­nior Pent­house Suite at The Cullen in nearby Prahran

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