‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’, more like the most stressful! Say ‘adios’ to bland and lifeless shopping centres and get down to iconic Chapel Street. Make life easy for yourself this Christmas and head to Chapel Street for everything shiny, festive and fun. With no annoying muzak in earshot.
Nail Christmas the Chapel Street way, check out 20 reasons your Christmas shopping on Chapel won’t suck!
Food court? No thank you. A mid shopping tipple never hurt anyone and Caffe e Cucina stock some of the best vino’s in Melbourne. I mean it’s hot out, you deserve a thirst quencher!
581 Chapel St, South Yarra
2. Experience some of Melbourne’s best street art
Kylie K’s butt isn’t going anywhere soon, quit scrolling through your news feed, and look up! Stumble down griddled laneways and side streets for a quick break and to snap your highest rating Insta pic yet!
3. Your fur friend is more than welcome
Chapel Street has the most doggo friendly retailers in Melbourne. We’re starting to think traders love pooch customers more than the human kind. Shop in the company of your four-legged child and avoid the constant nagging you’d get from your human one.
4. Looking for something different?
If you’re trying to make up for last year’s terrible gift, avoid mainstream and go left of centre. We recommend Shag, Handworks, Revelation New Age Bookshop/Crystal Nature, Daily Jocks, Signed & Numbered and Connection 250 for a unique gift like no other.
Shag – 130 Chapel St, Windsor
Handworks Nouveau Paperie – 244 Chapel St, Prahran
Revelation New Age Bookshop / Crystal Nature – 194A Chapel St, Prahran
Daily Jocks – 169 High St, Prahran
Signed & Numbered – 153 Greville St, Prahran
Connection 250 – 250 Chapel St, Prahran
Treat yoself! With a super busy festive season, you’ll want to look and feel your best, and that includes hands, nails and feet. Also, a little down time while you get pampered will reduce the stress if your To Do List is longer than your arm.
Shop 7/450 Chapel St, South Yarra
A nice intimate space away from the crazies to gather your thoughts and salvage your strength before launching back into the madness.
42 Wilson St, South Yarra
Swing by this Asian fusion favourite and you’re likely to spot an Aussie C (or D) list celebrity. Take notes on your Christmas day outfit inspo while you sip on a post shop cocktail.
98 Chapel St, Windsor
Coffee not your thing? Frozen Yoghurt is way better anyway.
670 Chapel St, Windsor
Xmas shopping can be stressful as s&^t. Release all the tensions from your mad dash shopping spree or potentially the whole year.
362 Chapel St, South Yarra
10. Don’t have a dog?
You’ll still pet at least five #dogsofchapelsreet on your Chapel Street spree.
11. Always room for a cheeky gift for yourself
That “I’ll just have a look” lie you tell yourself will and should result in at least one sneaky gift for yours truly. Wrap it up, sign ‘From: Santa” on your gift tag, pop it under the tree and no one will ever know. Heck, you deserve it!
12. Snap an insta worthy site at the Greville Street lights
Light up your life as the sun goes down. This is the coolest place to chill under the flower ‘stars’ and take a load off in one of Melbourne’s favourite nooks.
Across the road from Acai Brothers Prahran, 136 Greville St, Prahran
Splashing your cash on other people may mean depriving yourself of personal luxuries. Lucky for you, Lucky Coq’s sweet deal pizzas are both cheap and bloody delish!
179 Chapel St, Windsor
14. Get some fresh air and a tan
Don’t spend hours inside a giant shopping arena, when you can work on your tan and get some sun while crossing names off your Christmas list. If your skin has an ashen hue of the more permanent kind, head to BBsprayBar on Izett Street, they’ll sort you out with the perfect Summer glow.
59 Izett St, Prahran
15. Post-shop feed at Patee Thai
Feet sore? Kick your shoes off and chill on their Thai triangle floor cushions for a real relaxed vibe. P.S. This is hands down some of the best Thai in Melbourne.
135 Chapel St, Windsor
Don’t let Greg hold you back. Productivity is key in these circumstances.
154 Greville St, Prahran
18. Check out tattoo’d men while you shop
Chapel Street has some of the most unique tattoo parlours in Melbourne, Victims of Ink being one of them. Most of the lads of Chapel Street have a thing for ink. And we’re lucky it’s the good kind of ink that the artists at Victims of Ink are in the business of creating.
380 Chapel St, South Yarra
It’s easy to get burnt out at this time of year, keep calm and yoga on.
Level 1, 5 Eastbourne St, Windsor
One of the best happy hours on Chapel, with $6 schooners, wine and basics from 5pm to 7pm. Because a cheeky post-shop bevvy won’t raise any brows on this side of town.
455 Chapel St, South Yarra (upstairs)
Did someone say FREE BEER?! Set in Windsor’s hidden oasis (AKA Sample Bar’s beer garden), you’re invited to an afternoon of simple pleasures with Hawkers Beer.
You can’t make this stuff up. Real submissions and real conversations from Chapel Precinct. Tell us what you’ve overheard.
Boy George Australian DJ Tour at Chasers Nightclub. Culture Club frontman & POP icon Boy George is one of the most recognised and in demand House Music DJ’s of all time.
Ahh Valentine’s Day, a stupid cliche, a money making con or an opportunity to show your numero uno how much you really appreciate them. There’s so much to do on Chapel Street this day of love, even the hard-hearted will soften.
Residents of Prahran are invited to attend this year’s ‘Coffee with a Cop’ morning in Pran Central’s food court on Tuesday, February 19 from 10am – 11am.