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Streets abounding in stately homes, unique in their architectural ingenuity but harmonised by their shared cloud of foliage, the boundless beauty of Domaine’s community permeating throughout every iteration of life. Here, days are imbued by the delicate hues of a Monet watercolour and retail hubs come filled with boutique goods, but exuding a distinctly village-like charm.
Weekends spent in South Yarra are limited only by the perimeters of your imagination. If your idea of the perfect morning is a leisurely breakfast taken in cosy surrounds, the hardest part will be deciding which one to walk to. If your perfect morning involves a long walk in idyllic surrounds followed
by a nap beneath a canopy of majestic treetops, wind your way along the Tan to find your happy place beneath the shade of towering ancient elms or on the lakeside lawns beside the Botanic’s resident pond.
If your idea of perfection however, is the exercise of your wallet, you’ll find boundless opportunities to give the purse strings a workout along Chapel Street. At every turn you will stumble upon a new temptation or chance for adventure. From fashion to food, health to home designs, irrespective of whether it's your wardrobe, pantry or walls that need tending to, South Yarra provides infinite possibilities to help you lighten the coffers.
Entrecôte would be just as much at home on the banks of the Seine as it is on the periphery of the Botanic Gardens. Conceived in the style of a classic Parisian steakhouse but with the approachability of a Melbourne institution, Entrecôte deals in that very distinct brand of French luxury: perfectly cooked porterhouse steak frites, fine wine and luscious tableware.
Highly distinguished, the Botanical expertly draws upon all the class contained in the South Yarra postcode and distills it into one unequivocally elegant dining destination. Whether the night calls for dressing up or dressing down, this esteemed pub slash bistro caters to all occasions with their savvy mix of formal and casual spaces.
If you like your baked goods to come packaged in something that looks as good as they taste, Baker D. Chirico is going to be your kind of bakery. Kneaded to perfection, the loaves of perfectly crusted, pillowy centred yeasty delights don’t come much better than this. Testament to this is the constant thread of bread-loving folk consistently winding their way along the path, lining for their fill.
The exotic scent of fragrant spices wafting from the heart of the Botanical Gardens is perhaps not what you would expect during your afternoon picnic. The latest offering from the master of Australian gastronome, Shannon Bennet, Jardin Tan is injecting a shot of Vietnamese vibrance into the iconic gardens. Perched above the Shrine of Remembrance, Jardin offers a truly unique dining experience that feels more like a complete sensory immersion: modern, Vietnamese-fusion.
A longstanding relic of South Yarra’s long tradition of hedonism, France Soir is the kind of place where everything catches the eye; a family may be celebrating a birthday with oysters and champagne, whilst waiters deftly manoeuvre between tables and calling orders to the bar.
A local icon, any South Yarra resident with even the slightest penchant for authentic Japanese has Ichi Ichi Ku Izakaya on speed dial. And, while there is something imminently comforting about eating from snap-yourself chopsticks on the couch while scouring through Netflix’s latest releases, stepping out and finding yourself a seat within Ichi ichi’s intimate 20 seater dining room will be endlessly rewarding.
Revered throughout Australia - and indeed the world - for its caliber of both resident and touring exhibitions, Melbourne’s NGV is a cultural icon of the city, drawing countless visitors to the state each year with its curated display of masterpieces.
An Australian icon, from local designers, international-fashion powerhouses, vintage treasures and some of the city’s most revered bars and eateries: you’ll find it all on Chapel Street.
Sitting beneath one of the city’s great symbols - the magnificent spire - the Arts Centre is an omniscient presence, looming both metaphorically and literally above Melbourne’s cultural milieu.
Find tranquility amongst the ancient elms and glistening waters of the Royal Botanic Gardens, close enough to home to be your backyard. Home to over 10,000 plant species from around the world arranged in a kaleidoscopic array of perfumed brilliance, this national treasure becomes like a private sanctuary, infusing your life with a daily display of colour and beauty.
Affectionately known throughout the nation as the sporting state, Melbourne’s rich sporting heritage unfolds from Domaine’s doorstep. A mere train stop away and you will find yourself amongst the likes of AAMI Stadium, the MCG and Melbourne Park. The precinct plays host to an annual calendar of events - both sporting and otherwise - sure to tempt all manner of penchants.
Grounds carpeted by lush layers of sumptuous grass and ceilings canopied by a verdant veil of treetops, Fawkner is the park against which all other parks are compared.
Even if you’ve never considered yourself as the outdoorsy type, finding yourself so close to the fabled ‘Tan’, will have your feet burning with the novel desire to hit the ground.
Just 4km from Melbourne’s CBD, the convenience of the resident local community is amplified by proximity to South Yarra’s train station, trams, a constant ferry of buses and the convenience of nearby arterial roads.
Not only is South Yarra one of Melbourne’s most enviable residential postcodes, it is located in one of the most sought-after school zones in Australia. The crème de la crème of Melbourne’s secondary institutions - think Melbourne High School and Melbourne Grammar - all lie less than a kilometre from Domaine, meaning nothing but the best for those raised under its roof.