Just 30 minutes from the CBD lies the leafy-green suburb of Eltham, brimming with quaint cafes and charming bars.
This slightly sleepy, little bit hippy, green wedge shire has undergone a bit of a makeover in recent years, transforming some of its lethargic lanes into buzzing boulevards.
Tucked away in tree-lined streets and evolving industrial zones are some of the most spectacular venues the ‘burb has on offer. Here’s a list of our top five.
Bold beers, rustic charm and charcuterie and cheese boards larger than the table it’s served to; Prosciutto Bros is a converted warehouse factory with 20 craft beer taps and vast arrays of meats, cheeses, and delicious delicacies on display in the deli window.
The bar is full of character and charm, serving up wood fire pizzas and exquisite wines from an extensive menu.
Head in on a weekend to catch some local live music.
If you’re ready to walk off all that food, Montsalvat has got you covered with plenty of spectacular grounds to wander around.
This historic site of cultural heritage is Australia’s oldest continuously active artists’ community, housing several artist residents.
The site boasts grand buildings, magnificent gardens and a shimmering turquoise pool. Montsalvat even has several resident peacocks, who will happily skulk past displaying their fascinating feathers.
And if you’re a bride or groom-to-be, you might just find your fairytale wedding location.
Exactly like its namesake, Zen Den is a chill hideaway, pumping out piping hot coffees and hearty brunch dishes with no shortage of avocado and micro herbs.
The cafe used to be a bike store and features exposed brick walls and a sunny courtyard along Eltham’s main road.
Enjoy a modern meal with an innovative twist, served to some sweet tunes.
Style, charm, and, grace and taste all combine in Second Home, a quaint cafe with lofty ceilings and skylight windows.
Serving up an array of Insta-worthy delicious and healthy dishes, the cafe is open for breakfast and dinner every day of the week.
Be prepared to wait for a seat, though; this popular cafe is no secret among the locals.
Little Drop of Poison
An inner-city vibe (but with spacious suburban parking), Little Drop of Poison is a cosy coffee, wine, and cocktail bar serving up scrumptious small share plates.
The hipster hideaway is located on a laneway, fitted with rustic timber furnishings and airy sunlit windows.
The place is a small hole-in-the-wall, so get in early to score a spot by the window!
And if you’re not taking advantage of Eltham’s parking, there’s the Eltham train station just a short stroll away.