Keen to ditch the olds and revel in your long-awaited freedom? Make Chapel Street your first stop. Stay up as late as you like in a luxury hotel apartment, discover an oasis of affordable Aussie fashion, feed your budding house plant addiction, load up on smashed avo and street eats, pick up a steal in a thrift store, and march to the beat of your own drum (literally).

AKOM (Prahran)

Want to feel like a local? Stay like one. AKOM Prahran (formerly known as L’Emporia Apartments) is set in a semi-residential building in Prahran. One and two bedroom apartments come with kitchens big enough to cook a roast for the whole family. The location is tops! Step out of the front door and across the road to Prahran Market for fresh food or tasty treats, or stroll to Chapel Street for a day of shopping.

Established in 2006 and the first of its kind, Design A Space is a creative retail concept developed to promote and showcase the talents of independent Australian designers in an artistic shopping environment. Design A Space supports over 170+ local independent designers, providing an exciting mix of men’s, women’s and children’s fashion and accessories, homeware, artwork and more.

Plant Space on Greville Street has you sorted with some of the best indoor plants there is. For the plant lovers out there, treat yourself to some live indoor decors. Be sure to check out their ceramics too. They’re beautiful and a cute addition to any home.

The mega Mex-inspired fast food chain has opened its first Victorian store on Chapel Street. On the menu you can expect the Crunchwrap Supreme and Cheesy Gordita Crunch. Well known for leaning into the idea of a “fourth meal” (a late night meal), the location of Taco Bell’s first Victorian store is a fair sign that all you hungry partiers on Chapel are in for a treat. You can even keep the party going as unlike your average fast food joint, Taco Bell also serves alcohol (including craft beers and frozen Margaritas) and hosts live gigs.

Whether you were born with the rhythm of MJ or you have trouble simply clapping to the beat, no matter which camp you fall into, The Space has you covered. Take up a dance class, meet new people and get down right jiggy with it. Getting out of your comfort zone can also leave you feeling empowered and with a new found confidence. Everyone knows dancing is good for the soul!

Fonda is an easy, fun and healthy-ish Mexican eatery that is always a good time. Try a hot tortilla with jalapeno, or vegetarian quesadillas or ensaladas. If you’re after a bit of Vitamin D, head up to the rooftop terrace.

These do-gooders are working to combat addiction in adolescents by giving 100% of money raised in all of their stores to Teen Challenge International Vic, their very own addictions rehabilitation centre. Designer labels sold at a fair price will have you strutting your stuff for a good cause.

The Rustica empire, arguably the embodiment of Melbourne’s cafe culture, has announced its newest and largest flagship store to date, located in the lively, vibrant heart of Chapel Street, South Yarra. The new haunt will replace Rustica’s widely popular flagship bakery in Fitzroy, and additionally boast a night time offering alongside its popular breakfast and lunch menu, setting it apart from its sister stores.

The MC Showroom is a purpose-built black box theatre in the heart of Prahran. With a smart layout and acoustically well-balanced design, you can catch musicals, stage plays, cabaret performances, creative workshops, drama classes and magic shows just to name a few.

You are in for a treat at The Cookie Box, where you will find Melbourne’s best chunky artisan cookies. They are homemade using the best ingredients, hand rolled and rested  for at least 48 hours before they are baked. Just follow the smell of freshly baked cookies! You can choose from a range of flavours, including two decadent filled cookies, Nutella and Churros, that ooze when you break them open.