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