Great read while you are self-isolating! Here’s a few things that are iconically Chapel Street that only locals can truly relate to. When you know, you know. No doubt by now you have had the terrifying moment of realising that you’ve joined the activewear brunch brigade (on your couch).
1. Knowing what’s in the building above JB HiFi and feeling very smug about it.
2. Being acutely aware of the change of punter demos on Chapel by the time of day, and dreading the 9PM weekend switch.
3. The terrifying moment you realise that you’ve joined the active wear brunch brigade.
4. Rolling your eyes at the guys in the gym filming each other doing muscle ups for the ‘gram.
5. Finally learning where South Yarra, Prahran and Windsor start at end.
6. Taking your out of town friends/relatives to Jungle Boy because, well, secret bars behind sub shops are veeerrryy Melbourne.
8. Doing a quick check in at the $15 veg box stall at Prahran Market to see if there’s anything good that week.
9. Grudgingly taking your place in line to buy said vege box because it actually is good.
10. Complaining about standing in line for the vege because “it never used to be this busy”.
11. Feeling accomplished after your vege shop and rewarding yourself with a Market Lane Coffee.
12. Being able to go out for a cheap & cheerful dinner and drink every night of the week. Then doing so often because #treatyoself.
13. Being deeply traumatised by the month both Coles & Woolies were closed for renovations.
14. The ‘Hey, that wasn’t there before’ feeling when a new spot opens up out of the blue.
15. Not knowing what to have for dinner, so just taking a stroll down Chaps until something catches your eye.
17. Walking past people trying to remember where you know them from… Uh, that’s the barista at Oscar Cooper, buddy.
18. You’re 100% used to the slight smell of pee down the laneway to the gym.
19. Knowing all of the dogs’ names at the dog park, but none of the humans. Oops.
20. Not even batting an eye at the uniquely dressed characters who frequent our main drag.
21. Having a favourite part of Chapel Street… hello Windsor foodie paradise.
22. Waking up early on a Saturday to smash a 1 hour class at Body Fit Training… so you can smash a smashed avo at Journeyman without the guilt.
23. Having a borderline unhealthy knowledge of each bars cocktail list… or happy hour menu.
25. Doing a happy hour bar crawl from Tyranny of Distance in Windsor, to Zhou Zhou bar in South Yarra.
26. You’re still working your way through cafes to find the best eggs benne. Brunch is a marathon. Not a sprint.
27. Never knowing what’s good to eat in the city, because why eat in the city?
28. Talking about the time you used to live in so and so building when you walk past… every single time.
29. Coffee is a religion, and you’re very particular about the altar of the caffeine gods you choose to worship
30. If you live in South Yarra, you spend 90% of your time in South Yarra. Same goes for Windsor.
31. Prahran? You swing either way.
32. The feeling of immense chuffed-ness about living in such an iconic community.
Say ‘hello’ to sanitiser stations and single-use menus. From June 1, we will join the rest of Australia by being able to eat & drink inside our famous restaurants, cafes & pubs again (hooray)! See if your local fave is reopening for in-house dining!
Bye-bye hairy legs and nasty nails … The world of lash extensions, hair removal, tattoos, tanning and plucking and plumping is back June 1.
Many Chapel Street Precinct businesses are getting savvy with their takeaway offerings to ensure you can still enjoy your fave dishes safely while, importantly, helping staff stay employed and their business (livelihood) stay afloat. Watch and learn some creative ways to call and collect your food!
AFL Legend & Brownlow Medallist, Dane Swan, supports Chapel Street Precinct small businesses through COVID-19. Watch his daily videos keeping Melburnians updated on local offerings.