TOORAK VILLAGE, TOORAK
IT’S A WELL-KNOWN fact that Melbourne is Australia’s most fashionable city, however if you want to find the very best and mix with the finest in one delightful location then it would be a shame to miss Toorak Village. Just a few kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, the village, which is surrounded by some of the city’s most beautiful homes, is the place where locals go to shop.
You’ll find more than 50 designer fashion, shoe, jewellery and accessory boutiques offering a selection of both local and imported products. An added bonus is that the village is small —covering one generous block.
Like any good town, Toorak Village offers a wide range of services (with more than 270 businesses) including a major supermarket, florists, chemists, beauty parlours and some of Melbourne’s best-known hairdressers. Spend some time in the unique boutiques and you’ll understand why the village is regarded as one of Melbourne’s most chic shopping areas.
This month don’t miss the Toorak Village Art Walk. From 16 October to 12 November, Toorak Village becomes a street gallery as artists from all over Australia display their paintings and artworks in the local shop windows. Fifty-nine artists will showcase their original paintings, drawings and mixed media in nearly 90 shop windows in the Village. You also have the chance to buy the art as all pieces are available for sale from the Toorak Village Pharmacy.
In the village you’ll find IMP Jewellery. Established in 1974, IMP Jewellery specialise in handmade diamond jewellery including engagement rings and special occasion pieces, beautiful coloured stones, South Sea and Tahitian pearls and a stunning collection of Italian and Australian gold. IMP Jewellery also offers a remodelling service or you can even trade your old jewellery in for a more contemporary design.
The laneways of Toorak Village are alive with people visiting the edgy eating hotspots and funky cafés. Village Way Arcade has the famous Haigh’s Chocolates or the elegant Jade+amber, a boutique showroom of French interior products such as Maison Ladurée Paris and La Manufacture de Monaco. Stroll down Village Walk Arcade for the best fruit, veggies, foccacia or authentic Japanese sushi. Have a quick cut and shave at the Toorak Prestige Barber.
The Grange Road Egg Shop is the new funky café hotspot and a refreshing place to enjoy a coffee, brunch or lunch. Villique is an affordable fashion boutique carrying a range of imported labels like Brax, Marella and Elisa Cavaletti to name a few plus a range of accessories for the very fashionable women of Toorak.
Visit Toorak Village by catching a tram from Flinders Street Station along Swanston Street to the Domain Interchange, disembark and catch the #58 tram to stop #132 in the heart of Toorak Village. The 605 bus to Gardenvale stops right at the top of the Village in Grange Road and is an excellent way to travel.