Sometimes you’ve just gotta try something a little different. So next time you’re heading to Chapel Street, why not explore a little further and take a stroll down to Forrest Hill Precinct? You’ll stumble across a few known favourites and discover something completely new. Now, that’s totally worth the extra footsteps.
If you’re not yet convinced, here’s our pick on what to do and which hidden gems you must checkout!
Wine & Dine
The bar & restaurant below the Olsen is an absolute gem! Parked on the corner of Chapel and Daly Streets, Spoonbill is the perfect spot to catch up with friends, or take the lover for date night. The menu changes with the seasons so there’s always something new on offer, but our favourite thing about Spoonbill is the people watching from the street site tables. Grab yourself a glass of wine and watch Chapel Street roll by. Perfection.
637/641 Chapel St, South Yarra
Steak, wine and mood lighting? Heelllllooooo romance. Steer dining room is an elegant dining house that’s perfect for date night, group catch-ups and even business dinners. Plus, the slightly hidden away location will make you look like a person in the know!
15 Claremont Street, South Yarra
Grab a kudos deal at Yarra Lane’s tasty Japanese joint. Spend no more than $30 on lunch for you and a friend and I guarantee you will not need dinner. Quality fresh meals delivered with a smile makes Yo Sumo a hot pick for a quick take-out after a long day. The Miso soup is a must try!
1b/7 Yarra St, South Yarra
Looking for a dinner spot that’s both healthy and delicious? Add SMAK straight to the top of your list! Founded by two guys who set out to create a restaurant that felt good, and made food that was good for you and also hella tasty. Let’s just say that they succeeded and then some! So next time you’re feeling a little peckish, but still want to maintain that summer bod – stop by and do some good eating.
6 Daly St, South Yarra
If you’re a local, you know Two Birds, One Stone. It’s a South Yarra fave and we’ve even heard rumours that Windsor-siders will cross High Street just to get there. The coffee is always good, the interiors are beautiful and there’s always a super friendly vibe to the place. Next time you’re around, make sure to pop in. You’ll be happy you did.
12 Claremont St, South Yarra
If you haven’t heard of the new brunch madam in South Yarra, you either hate having a good time, or you live North Side. In either case, you probably won’t like it here. It’s far too pink, the vibes are WAY too Palm Springs and you probably hate boozy breakfasts – so $30 bottomless cocktails with brunch won’t interest you at all. We won’t even get into the affordable prices, the ridiculously good Asian influenced plates of deliciousness or the really, really good coffee. You shouldn’t visit House of Lulu White. You’ll have far too good a time.
4 Yarra St, South Yarra VIC 3141
If you’re anything like us, you’ll find that it’s a super pain in the ‘peach emoji’ to find a great place to take your vego, cross fitting, no gmo, organic only, gluten intolerant mate for lunch or brunch. Well, Simple Seed might just change all of that! Simple Seed is all about fresh, seasonal fruit & veg turned into wholesome salads, soups, smoothies and raw desserts. It’s all hand crafted and made from scratch so they know that there are zero nasties. And just FYI, it’s all delicious too!
Shop 4/9 Yarra St, South Yarra VIC 3141
A warehouse styled cafe that serves up a damned good cup of coffee, great cafe food that has plenty of options (especially for our vege friends), space to sit, and a vibe that’s a little bit hustle. Check it out.
2/9 Yarra St, South Yarra VIC 3141
A cute corner cafe that sits right on Yarra Lane. You’ll know it straight away by the quirky science theme, wild plants and tasty looking food. From our chat with the team, their focus is on quality, healthy food for South Yarra locals who are known to be all about #ThatFitspoLife.
1/9 Yarra St, South Yarra VIC 3141
A specialty coffee, doughnut and brunch bar that makes food so pretty it makes us cry. Well, maybe not cry, but totally weep with delight. It’s a pop in, take the goods away kinda joint that’s open Monday to Friday. Perfect if you’re a local at South Yarra Station across the road. It’s a well known fact that doughnuts makes Vic Transport 100% more bearable.
Shop 2/7 Yarra St, South Yarra VIC 314
Enjoy a quick lunch on the go or sit down and indulge. A fave for suits talking all things business over Moose’s famous Spanish Eggs coupled with their exclusive 100% Arabica blend coffee in a very cute alfresco area. These guys offer delicious catering for your next meeting, function or party and at a reasonable price too!
15 Claremont St, South Yarra
This super trendy vegan cafe makes it easy to pick up a nutritious and straight up tasty meal… that just happens to be vegan! It’s affordable, accessible and exciting – and let’s be fair, those aren’t three words that you’d typically pair with vegan food is it? Plus, you’ll feel amazing knowing that the coffee used at V. is ethical and the farmers growing the green beans are paid a fair price and work under fair conditions. Now that’s something to get behind.
7a Claremont Street, South Yarra
Only a two minute walk from South Yarra station, Claremont Supermarket has every one of your fave Chinese, Japanese and Korean snacks. Consistently expanding their diverse range of products, there is something for everyone in this large aisle space – think Japanese ice-cream, Snowy Mooncake and all your favourite sauces – they even do free dim sum tasting’s in store! Check it out.
3/7 Claremont St, South Yarra VIC 3141
And by sweet, I mean Zumbo sweet. It’s the home of neon lights and sugar delights. Plus, the crew there who peddle the sweet baked goods are a god damned pleasure. We’d just pop in for a chat if we could, but let’s be honest, we wouldn’t be able to leave the building without a Zumbaron in hand.
14 Claremont St, South Yarra
Just a hop and skip from the iconic South Yarra intersection of Toorak Road and Chapel Street you’ll find irresistible deliciousness. Handmade decadent desserts and cakes that will make all your sweet dreams come true. Our fave creations? Small batch jams and spreads (try B&P’s famous Salted Caramel Spread or Chocolate, Strawberry & Balsamic Vinegar Jam), triple single- origin choc chip cookies, B&P blend coffee and hot chocolate…honeycomb hot chocolate too, they are so dedicated to their craft they even have their own bee hives.
647 Chapel St, South Yarra
Le Louvre is the destination for the most exclusive edit of international brands sourced from around the globe. It’s the only boutique retailer that you’ll ever want to visit if you’re a fashionista in search of the very best of high-end fashion. Balmain. Stella McCartney. Gucci. Marchesa. Valentino. Vivienne Westwood. All curated by Le Louvre.
2 Daly St, South Yarra
Luxury health and fitness? Uh, sign us up! Studio PP is an ultra glam fitness studio set in a state of the art loft studio. Founded by Olympian Stephanie Prem, Studio PP pulls out all of the stops. Adding to the beautiful space is an elite team of trainers, an incredible range of classes like pilates, yoga, barre and bootcamps and of course there’s one on one training if you need a little extra attention. Take your fitness to the next level in a space you’ll love (and make your besties super jel’ with the ridiculous body you’ll wind up with).
Level 1, 7 Almeida Cres, South Yarra
F45 are 45 minutes of High Intensity Interval Training, 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off – mixing strength and cardio, to give you an all round workout that’s probably a better option than a cheeky cheeseburger on your lunch break. There’s a reason you see it all over your Insta and Facebook. It works. Whether you want to pack on some lean muscle, rip up or hit the d/floor without having to catch your breath every few minutes – get on board the F45 train. If it’s good enough for Hugh Jackman, it’s good enough for you.
F45 South Yarra, 10 Yarra St, South Yarra
Smithfit offers a comprehensive approach to your mind and body transformation in addressing the core issues of your wellbeing. Utilising orthopaedic assessments and interventions, medical testing where necessary with customised technology, you will not experience anywhere else, you will achieve your #fitspo results.
28 Claremont St, South Yarra
South Yarra’s only 24 hour gym! Meaning you no longer have to rush to workout because whether you live or work in South Yarra you have the flexibility to train when you want, day or night. So, sign up today! I mean it. C’mon guys, excuses don’t burn calories.
9-11 Claremont St, South Yarra
What on earth is cryotherapy? The practice of exposing your whole body to electrically cooled air (below -110 °C) for a brief period of time (approx. two to three minutes) in order to trigger physiological responses in the human body. Research suggests that stripping down and freezing your knockers off can be an effective preventive and proactive measure for inflammatory and age-related diseases of the body and brain. Sounds crazy but Chapel Street locals are loving it!
6B Daly St, South Yarra
That pool! You may know the one. Glass-bottomed and usually filled with smug holidaymakers floating on their superiority. Well, guess what. YOU can be that smug sucker floating around without a care in the world. The Olsen is a little more than just that pool. Arty, creative and sophisticated. Staying at the Olsen is a little treat for the soul, a stay that is filled with space, world class art and complete luxury.
637 Chapel St, South Yarra
Tucked off Chapel Street, amongst the historic architecture of South Yarra, is Oaks South Yarra. The location is conveniently located near the best shopping, dining and entertainment in the Chapel Street Precinct, but also far enough off the main streets to enjoy a peaceful night sleep.
1A Yarra St, South Yarra
An apartment style hotel with views of Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges and Port Phillip Bay. Punthill Apartment Hotel South Yarra Grand is known for generous sized studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments that are super modern and stylish. Perfect for exploring the Chapel Street Precinct both day and night.
7 Yarra St, South Yarra
An hour of having my body and mind soothed is my idea of heaven so Norbu Urban Retreat within the Olsen Hotel is perfect. Whether you prefer an intense Deep Tissue or Remedial massage, or if you like something a little gentler, try their hot stone massage. Bliss. Add a facial or full body treatment and go all out. You deserve it.
The Olsen Hotel, 637 Chapel Street, South Yarra
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.