There is a universally acknowledged notion out there among Melburnians that once you stay on one side of the Yarra; you hardly cross over to the other side of the river. As a matter of fact, the south side has an affluent air to it, consisting of suburbs leading to the bay, ocean breezes, bombshell blondes and lots and lots of places to flash your cash. Enter South Yarra, 6 kilometres from the CBD bordered by the banks of the Yarra River and it too, is no exception.
Popular, stylish and fun, encompassing iconic shopping districts with vast open emerald green parks, South Yarra has long held the mantle of one of Melbourne’s most desirable neighbourhoods. And the visitors who flock over to people watch from their perch at their favourite café or shop in chic designer boutiques certainly know it.
South Yarra is a sustainable suburb in itself supported by the quintessential Chapel Street with its upmarket retail outlets and boutiques and diverse collection of restaurants and cafes suited for all palettes. From early morning coffees to cool chill in the afternoon, the street is buzzing with atmosphere. When the sun sets, Chapel Street will make your head spin – with cool clubs, pubs and bars to crawl after another. The iconic Jam Factory, originally a (surprise!) jam factory is a local landmark and a premier hub for entertainment for locals and visitors with a wide variety of places to eat, trendy shops like TopShop and TopMan as well as Village Cinema for blockbuster movies.
Many of South Yarra’s residential areas are concentrated around attractive tree-lined streets adorned with well-kept Victorian terrace houses along with clusters of art-deco apartments and new developments coming up makes her a densely populated suburb. Part of her perks for making up for that is also sharing her skirts with the Botanical Gardens; a popular jogging track. Add in Fawkner Park into this equation and you have large open spaces and parklands frequented by residents and visitors alike.
It is little wonder how South Yarra evolved into one of Melbourne’s most desirable neighbourhoods to live, explore and play in. Find out which side you’re on in this culture war: are you North or South?