Whether you love getting active in the great outdoors or prefer checking out the café scene, Moonee Valley has something for everyone.
Start off your day with some seriously Insta-worthy fare at the Ascot Food Store [320 Ascot Vale Road, Moonee Ponds]. Decked out with retro but oh-so-cool décor, here you will find options for everyone, with a range of organic and free-range produce and some top notch coffee. Feeling like something a bit sweeter? Check out one of their mad-scientist-style doughnuts, complete with a syringe bursting with delicious sweet filling.
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The arts and culture scene in Moonee Valley is thriving and a great place to experience it first-hand is at the Clocktower Centre [750 Mount Alexander Road] in Moonee Ponds. This historic building was formally the Essendon Town Hall and as the name suggests, the focal point of the building is the historic clock tower. Here, you will find a plethora of professional theatre, music and dance showings to suit every age bracket and interest. Our tip is to arrive early and take advantage of the free tea and coffee on offer for day time shows.
Exploring on your bike is one of the best ways to discover your city and Moonee Valley has a multitude of bike paths and trails for locals and visitors to enjoy. The Moonee Ponds Creek Trail is a great option for cyclers of any skill level. Start the trail in Flemington, and ride creek-side right up to Broadmeadows and back again for a two hour long cycling session. Enjoy the changing landscapes as you ride past reserves and underneath overpasses, as well as the flora and fauna of the trail. When you reach Boeing Reserve, take a moment to relax on the grass and enjoy watching the planes taking off and landing at Essendon Airport.
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A DYOB favourite is Darling Street Espresso [146 Athol St, Moonee Ponds] — a hidden gem you’ll find down a quaint, unassuming residential street in Moonee Ponds. Rivalling the some of the more well-known burger joints, the cheeseburger here is a crowd favourite, classing things up with tomato jam in place of tomato sauce.
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One of Melbourne’s great shopping precincts, Puckle Street is a shopaholics dream. Enjoy checking out the latest style offerings from stores like Witchery, David Marcs and Jo Mercer. Be sure to stop in at A + B clothing, where you will find some of Melbourne’s best labels. If you’re a lover of craft beer or fine wine, Penny Young is the perfect place to pick up some beverages for the weekend. From fashion, gifts, food or wine, Puckle Street has it all!
The city of Moonee Valley plays host to a number of fantastic events and festivals throughout the year including Valley Vibes, Moonee Valley Festival and of course the Cox Plate — one of the great horse racing events in Melbourne. The events may be different in theme and concept but one common string that they all have is they bring the community and visitors together for fun-filled, social experiences. With the area so accessible from the city, why wouldn’t you check out a Moonee Valley event?
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