Melbourne’s Chapel Street traces a line from the sleek design of South Yarra to the treasure-trove of vintage finds, eclectic eateries and independent spirit of Prahran and Windsor.
Greville Street is the spiritual hub of Prahran. While less kitsch than it once was the street retains a unique vibrancy thanks to a scattering of vintage stores, an independent record shop, edgy cafes, gallery spaces and outposts of local designers.
Chapel Street Bazaar is a beacon of vintage finds, featuring stalls packed with retro homewares, clothes and collectables. The Prahran Market’s fresh produce, seafood, meat and deli items easily encourage an appetite.
Prahran’s egalitarian collection of cafes, restaurants and bars range from the grungy and funky to the shiny and hip to the high-end cuisine of the acclaimed Jacques Reymond. Chapel Street’s nightspots remain the places to be seen around town, and queuing is often part of the experience.
The parade of airborne elephants on the roof of Windsor Castle is a sign that you’ve reached Windsor, the bohemian end of Chapel Street. Independent clothing stores and increasingly fashionable bars and cafes abound.
Prahran and Windsor are around five kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. Travel by:
Tram: Number 8 (to Toorak Road), Number 72 (to Commercial/Malvern Road) or Number 6 (to High Street) from Swanston Street; or Number 78/79 to travel the length of Chapel Street (from North Richmond to Prahran/St Kilda).
Train: From Flinders Street Station, Sandringham, Frankston or Pakenham/Cranbourne lines to South Yarra Station or Sandringham line to Prahran Station (about 20 minutes).