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Here, regulars still signal to “their table” as they confidently stroll to their familiar seat. The waiter will instinctively bring them their “usual” while chatting about the chef’s most recent expedition to Italy and what of the new vino additions might best pair with the dish that has for years continued to keep them coming.
A constant in the Age’s Annual Good Food Awards, Centrenove has been at the helm of Kew’s gastronome-evolution from its beginning and is that in which all others to have followed aspire toward.
Friday is when Cru’s eclecticism is most evident, where on an afternoon you will find everything from uniform-clad school kids sipping on milkshakes to a corporate-adorned group on their second round of cocktails.
Breakfasts here are a healthy mix of hearty and healthy, lunch offerings are similarly diverse and then come mid-afternoon, you can begin to see the transformation into neighbourhood bar, focusing on cocktails, craft beers and some 350 wines sitting alongside a bar menu offering smaller items and sharing plates, through to larger dinner dishes influenced by French and Italian cuisine.
Riding the wave of the salmon-craze that seemed to take the city by storm a couple of years ago, the fish-mongering entrepreneurs cast a shrewd line into the fish-hungry marketplace and came up with a net of loyal fans.
Hailed as the local authority on all things Greek, George has made his indelible mark on Melbourne’s foodie-culture thanks to his unification
of street-food within highend dining.
A local institution, originally named St Catherine’s, with the rise of the Calombaris’ dining-machine, the premise was renamed to carry the same moniker as its sister establishments.
But for locals, this former milk bar has been given a new lease on life, bringing its homely and vibrant hospitality to the suburb - along with an impressive, flavoursome and nourishing menu.
Although there are still the usual cinema-going delights - popcorn, post-mix soda and choc-tops - Lido is by no means any ordinary cinema house. Instead, the luxuriant film house offers a decadent range of gourmet temptations that include, cheeses, wine, beer on tap, dumplings and toasties. Housing eight screening spaces showing everything from the latest Hollywood blockbuster to lo-fi indie flicks, including a very chic rooftop outdoor screen, you will also find here a street-level arcade with a ridiculously well-stocked sweet shop, as well as Melbourne’s favourite hedonistic indulgence, Huxtaburger. Providing everything under one little roof, Lido is tantamount to infinite hours of pure, unadulterated enjoyment.
A favourite of design publications such as The Design Files and Kinfolk Magazine, The Woodsfolk has enjoyed a constant resounding of well-deserved buzz for a few years now, from a choir of happy customers all singing the praises of the store's curated selection of gifts, homewares, stationary and art.
With a particular bent towards accommodate the little ones, here the kiddies have their own humble little reading nook where, apart from finding shelves overflowing with both classic and new titles, throughout the day plays host to a vibrant schedule of activities that are designed to inspire a lust for reading from an early age.
Whether to grace a sparse shelf in your home or to make some lucky recipient giddy with glee, this perfectly curated space manages to bring joy simply by meandering through the aisles.
Kew's newest grocery delight - the soon-to-open Coles - will be conveniently placed to satisfy all of your culinary and product demands. One of the first examples of what Coles have called their 'concept stores', the gourmet grocer aims at delivering a wider range of healthy produce and meal options purposefully selected to compliment busy, urban lifestyles. With a clear focus on proving fresh, local goods, from cured meats to preprepared salads, everything is at hand to help make life less and less complicated.
Stocking over 50 top Australian designers, international brands and collections of sought after accessories from around the globe - including BCBG Max Azria, JBrand, Ginger & Smart and many more - the Kew boutique is renowned for offering its customers a combination of stellar designers, cult brands and unique finds.
Named as the 2016 International Bookstore of the Year, between inviting ambiance, witty staff notorious for their razor-sharp recommendations and the nostalgic lull of pouring over shelves spilling in narrative genius, it's easy to lose a few hours of your day here, adrift amongst the thrill of another’s charming adventures.
Racks of eclectic statement pieces are sure to please anyone with an eye for detail, while the retro-themed interior makes for a vibrant shopping experience.
A welcome neighbour, Kew Recreation Centre helps you to find that happy balance between maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the stresses of modern living. Achieve your fitness goals through individual workouts, group fitness classes and personal training.
If you have a penchant for exploring from the saddle of a bike, Capital City Trail will have you winding your way through some of the most idyllic scenery in the city. A day well spent.
Irrespective of whether you fancy yourself an aficionado with an enviable handicap, or are just cutting your putting teeth, the vast course offerings within proximity to Epicure will have you tee-ing off in confidence.
Winter hosts a curated display of sculptural trees, stripped bare of their leaves, their branches contorting against clear skies. Spring is teeming with a romantic stream of vibrancy; colour dripping from garden beds and the air ringing with the chatter of animals as they slowly defrost from their winter slumber. As Summer returns, rare pockets of shaded grass promise sanctuary from the heat of the day while evenings are spent with a picnic, gazing at the twinkling sky above.
Trams 109 and 48, that carry you between home the CBD, and No. 16, which ferries too and from St.Kilda, while the Glenferrie Train Station offers one of the city’s most active junctions for connection.
This history of educational prestige has continued to safeguard the future of the suburb and speaks to why year after year Kew continues to be such a highly sought after community.