Destination Crush: Richmond

August 20, 2015
Destination Crush: Richmond

Extending south of Victoria Street to Alexander Avenue and as far as the Yarra River bend, Richmond is transforming into an inner city urban neighbourhood faster than any of Melbourne’s other suburbs. What was once a working class manufacturing suburb has quickly transformed into a chic and trendy haven for young families and professionals.

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An increasingly fashionable neighbourhood full of street art, galleries, cafes, bars and microbreweries. Richmond has set itself apart from other suburbs, with its diversity between its strong multicultural history and recent contemporary developments. A strong Vietnamese presence on Victoria Street offers one a countless variety of restaurants and cafes to sample delicious Asian fair, while Bridge Road features an assortment of retail stores from homewares and furnishings to fashion stores and outlets.

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Gathering a strong notoriety as the hub of Melbourne’s best designer homewares and furniture stores, Richmond is the perfect neighbourhood to shop for the feature piece for your home. A compact neighbourhood, in Richmond affords one close proximity to the City and sporting venues such as the iconic MCG, maintained by public transport, but is also perfect for those who wish for low maintenance living.

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This inner-east Melbourne suburb features an assortment of boutique architectural influences and is home to many of Melbourne's most influential architecture and design firms. Promoting architecture from Victorian-era terraces, to Art Deco industrial warehouses, and classic Australian pubs design as well as modern New York Style loft apartment buildings. Take advantage of this vibrant neighbourhood and all it has to offer, by getting lost in its zig-zagging streets, and be sure to take in the city skyline from its many rooftop bar views.

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Below we capture some of our favourite stores to shop at, where to grab a great coffee and where you can buy that perfect bunch of flowers or pot plant to bring your home or patio to life! Happy shopping!

Pickawall

A cool Melbourne store specialising in allowing you to fully customise and create unique and individual wallpaper for your home or business. Leading the way in removable wallpaper design, Pickawall is every renters and homeowners dream. Update your home and customise any wall with an image from Pickawall’s library of over 80 million images, or bring in your own for a unique, personalised look. It’s a must stop if you’re a diehard House Rules fan or your simply in the market for updating your home's look without adjusting anything structurally.

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Open: Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visit: 359 – 361 Swan Street, Richmond, 3121

Shop for Pickawall Products

Jetmaster Heat & Glo

Situated right next to a Ferrari dealership, it’s hard to go past this boutique heating provider. A business committed to bringing quality and functional heating options to Australian homes, Jetmaster Heat & Glo is the perfect destination for all things fireplaces. Australia’s leading store offers a complete range of wood or gas fireplaces perfect for any home or business. Stop in on your way to lunch, and meet their friendly and knowledgeable staff who will be able to assist you with any design decision or practical need you could possibly have. Also, keep your eye out for their gorgeous showroom pet - George the cat. He makes lazing by a fire an enviable profession!

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Open: Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Visit: 444 Swan Street, Richmond, 3121

Shop for Jetmaster Heat & Glo

Cheerio Café

A Lennox street staple, this gorgeous café has been popular ever since it's owners opened its doors in 2012. Partners Charlotte Devereux (of Seven Seeds fame) and Chris Handley (Wall Two 80), have created a light, paired-back and inviting café to service your every coffee and hunger need. Stocking Seven Seeds’ espresso blends and offering a delicious assortment of breakfast and lunch options, Cheerio Café is certain to satisfy any diehard coffee aficionado or foodie. Interior styling by The Alpha project, has proved successful in creating a friendly and comfortable space, with its white brick walls and natural timber tables and flooring. It’s a bit of a tight squeeze with only 15 seats available, so we suggest you get there early, stake your claim and lose yourself in Cheerio’s delightful service for the rest of the day.

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Open: Mon – Sat 7:00 am – 4:00 pm, Sun 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Visit: 323 Lennox Street, Richmond 3121

Glasshaus Nursery

This lovely stop is one of Richmond’s best bespoke florist and styling businesses. Owner Paul Hyland will make you fall in love with his infectious enthusiasm for everything floral. Taking inspiration from eccentric foliage and blooms, Glasshaus is an innovative nursery and floristry business specialising in unique plant varieties sourced from across Australia. Paul is a dedicated florist, who has styled events across Melbourne Glasshaus. Paul’s business offers services from floristry, event and venue hire to garden design, and the staff are only too happy to make your flora dreams come true. Stop in and pick up a fresh bouquet of delicate flowers, or some herbs for your garden. Glasshaus is the perfect destination for those in need whether it’s for an office, home or gift.

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Open: Mon to Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sat: 9:00am - 5:30pm, Sun: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Visit: 52-54 Stanley St, Richmond