VI­BRANT

TOORAK VIL­LAGE, TOORAK

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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.

Don’t miss the Toorak Vil­lage Art Walk. Un­til 12 Novem­ber, artists from all over Australia dis­play their paint­ings and art­works in the lo­cal shop win­dows. Fifty­nine 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.

Toorak Vil­lage Art Walk.

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