El­stern­wick

Grab a bagel or a Viet­namese feed and take in some his­tory in this ’burb be­tween St Kilda and Caulfield. By Cas­sidy Knowles

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Eat here

Pop­u­lar Wind­sor Viet­namese res­tau­rant Hanoi Han­nah ( 267

Glen Huntly Rd) – it­self the cheaper, faster si­b­ling of the now closed Saigon Sally – has an out­post in El­stern­wick, and it’s just as tasty (and as pop­u­lar) as the orig­i­nal. You can find all your Viet­namese favourites here, in­clud­ing pho, banh mi and rice pa­per rolls. Want some­thing fancier? Tr y Bang Bang ( 294 Glen Huntly Rd), a FrenchIn­do­chine res­tau­rant on the site of the for­mer Caulfield Ri­fle Club. Small and large plates are for shar­ing, or if you’d rather let the team do the hard work, select the ‘feed me’ op­tion.

IT’S ONE OF Mel­bourne’s older sub­urbs – El­stern­wick Post Office opened in 1860, four decades be­fore Fed­er­a­tion. To­day, it’s home to cafés, restau­rants and bars, one of Mel­bourne’s old­est and most beloved cin­e­mas, and many mem­bers of Mel­bourne’s Jewish com­mu­nity. The sub­urb is well served by train (El­stern­wick sta­tion on the San­dring­ham line) and tram (the 67 trav­els along El­stern­wick’s main street, Glen Huntly Road).

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Visit the Jewish Holo­caust

Cen­tre ( 13-15 Sel­wyn St), founded in 1984. Tour­ing the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion will take you about an hour; leave an­other hour to see tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions. Rip­pon Lea Estate ( 192 Hotham St) is a grand 1868 man­sion built for Fred­er­ick Sar­good, who made his for­tune sell­ing goods in the gold­fields. You can tour the man­sion and gar­dens, lis­ten to a her­itage talk, have a re­fresh­ment in the beau­ti­ful Gate­house Tea Room and browse the gift shop. In sum­mer, Rip­pon Lea Estate hosts out­door movies, and there are con­cert se­ries and talks through­out the year.

Drink here

The lit­tle sis­ter of pop­u­lar Prahran res­tau­rant Borsch, Vodka and Tears, Af­ter the

Tears ( 9b Gor­don St), is a peren­nial favourite for any­one who likes vodka. It has hun­dreds of va­ri­eties, and you can also or­der de­li­cious Pol­ish food like pierogi. The bar is right next door to the Clas­sic Cin­ema, so it’s a great place for a pre-movie drink or post-film dis­cus­sion. Or, if you’re look­ing for a cosy spot to sip brandy on a mid­win­ter’s night, An­tique Bar ( 218 Glen

Huntly Rd) could be the ticket. The dé­cor is half-gen­tle­man’s club, half-english coun­try estate li­brary.

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Aviv ( 412 Glen Huntly Rd), of­fers bagels, Jewish cakes, pas­tries, sweets and tarts. An­other must-try is Tokyo Deli ( 407 Glen

Huntly Rd). The café/deli of­fers Ja­panese meals like ra­men, bento boxes and don, as well as take-home in­gre­di­ents.

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