Pran Central is way high on the list of the most stunning ladies on Chapel Street. She lives in the heritage-listed Edwardian baroque seven storey building. Below two apartment towers, on the corner of Commercial Road, she’s made a friendly neighbour of the Giant Robot who loves to watch the world go by.
Inside this gorgeous facade you will find your one-stop shop for literally everything!!! I’m talking quick and tasty lunch break spots, health and beauty experts, fashion must-haves and so much more.
Needless to say Pran Central is more than a local fave, she’s the OG of shopping centres in these parts and she’s always got what you need.
Maybe its a quick bite?
Remember cheesy mite scrolls at recess back in the day? Mmm, they were the best. This is a fresh bread veteran. You can’t go wrong with a spinach and feta twist and heck, throw in a finger bun for ol’ times sake!
‘Bao’ means bun, a pillowy soft, cloudy steamed bun filled with authentic Asian goodness and ingredients. It’ll be a quickie, but a goodie. I swear. Check ‘em out and let us know which bun’s your favourite!
Sushi sushi! These guys have fresh sushi handrolls from $2.70 and a mix it up sushi pack from $7.50. They’ve also got a great selection of hot dishes available for the Winter months approaching.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a ham and cheese sanga, but there’s nothing wrong with getting a bit faaancy on occasion. Fresh artisan bread on the daily and every filling option you could possibly think of. Sandwich Chefs are turning the common sandwich into something far more lavish. Grab a juice or smoothie to top it off, they’re made with 100% fresh ingredients too.
Need a curry fix? These colder months definitely call for it. Grab two small curries and steamed rice for $9.90. Just keep calm and curry on.
Not only do they serve one hell of a coffee, Sugar Bowl Cafe get eco-points for using organic fair trade coffee beans. This is the place you wanna pop in for those cheeky treats you buy when your partner isn’t watching – slices, cookies and cakes with hot coffee/slice deals making it even harder to say ‘no’. There’s also freshly squeezed juices and smoothies available from $4.50.
Health & Beauty
Australia’s fave confidence boosters have opened their doors in Pran Central. Here to help you own it, Laser Clinics Australia promise quality skin treatments and smooth sailing ahead! Specialising in laser hair removal, skin treatments and cosmetic injectables, this crew will have you feeling sexier than ever, all without breaking the bank. Plus, until 3rd July there’s 50% off when you purchase 6+ Laser or Skin treatments.
The masters of facial aesthetics and beauty for men! This crew will have you smiling from all angles without worrying about a ‘bad’ profile. Think double chin reduction, ink removal for #inkregret, hair regrowth and cosmetic injections. This is their only store in Melbourne so get on it, quick smart!
Natural, organic, sustainable and Eco friendly goods. This is heaven for health and environmentally conscious folk or if you’re trying to play catch up after a big weekend. With qualified health practitioners in store, these guys are Australia’s leading health and wellness retailer!
For the mind, body & health approach to #fitspo Kaya Health Club in Prahran is exactly what you’re looking for. For a flat weekly membership fee, you’ll have access to over 300 different classes – especially helpful if it’s cardio day, but you’re actually feeling like yoga would hit the spot instead. Particularly come savasana time, you feel me?
The be-all and end-all of nail salons, jump into the express lane if you’re in a hurry. Express mani for $15 and pedi for $18, because you deserve a pamper!
Happiness. Health. Well-being. Step into Therapy Zone and relaaax. Treatments include acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and different styles of massage therapy.
Amazing massages, acupuncture, cupping and herbal remedies. Give Dr Liu’s 101 Wellness Programme a go and let us know how you go.
Tech & Admin
Look out for the bright orange kiosk in the middle of Pran Central, iSelect is your life admin store. Leave it to them to sort out all the boring stuff like insurance, utilities and personal finance (yuck). Too bad that stuff’s also really important. So let these guys deal with it!
Had a bad day? Console yourself. Your one stop shop for all things gaming.
They fix cracked screens. And they do it well. They’ve also got a range of screen covers so it doesn’t happen again. No job is too big or small for this team. Check out the orange corner shop next time you’re in need of a fix up.
Say ‘yes’ to ‘less fees’ and more ‘extras’! You know the rest…
These guys help to bring all your travel dreams to life! The team at Pran Central are the best you’ll work with and are always happy to go the extra mile. Definitely hit them up the next time you’re in need of a getaway, in other words, call them now.
They’re the tiny store next to Sugar Bowl but gosh they do big things. Especially when it means my favourite pair of boots can survive another Winter.
Because you probably need a loan for all the shopping you’re about to do.
Wander in, try on a few things, chat to the gorgeous, friendly staff – and then bam, you’ll want (no, you’ll need), to buy everything. Whether it’s a new fur, bag or heels there’s always a justification for purchase.
From the same retail group, Sussan is for the more modest lady. With a change in the air, their Winter collection brings texture, tonal dressing, prints and embroidery, finished with tactile accessories.
They make beautiful shoes for confident women. Check out their unconventional Winter collection that’s steered away from muted tones and instead offers vibrant hues as an antidote for those icey mornings. Because, why not shine all year round? Think fluffy feathers and patent leather. Live life on the bright side and add colour to your corporate and textures to your everyday.
Picture the breeze in your hair and shopping bags tucked safely in the boot, as we glide you past the cars and pedestrian traffic along Chapel Street.
From 13-23 March, Melbourne Queer Film Festival will present over 110 sessions, many of which will be shown at Village Cinemas Jam Factory in their 30th year of showcasing.
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?
Grab a buddy, a pal, or even a BAE and get your brunch on! Bright, bold & beautiful. A farm to fork mantra sets the tone for the brunch menu, which has everything from fruit filled bircher to scrambled eggs & seaweed.
If you’re sitting on the plane (or anywhere really) reading this and dreading the thought of staying with your family, we’ve got a suggestion, don’t.
We’ve got the lowdown on the some of the best bars to check out, and we would know because we’re #AllBoutIt. Here’s some of our favourite bars in Chapel Precinct.
Welcomed as one of Australia’s biggest and most innovative examples of mixed urban design – Prahran Square will provide 10,000 square metres of public space, more than Federation Square.
Before this article had even started, we could feel the Melburnian eyes of judgement piercing through their screens. Coffee is quite possibly THE most important part of our lives, closely followed by #fashun and eating at every new restaurant before it’s reviewed by Broadsheet.