Looking for ideas for a family day out? We’ve done all the research and Ivanhoe, located just 10km north-east of Melbourne’s CBD, has just what you’re after.
Savour a house-blend bespoke coffee from Ivanhoe Melbourne’s traditional Sicilian Espresso bar; Cafe Tre Fontane [218 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe]. Match your smashed avocado, bacon and egg ciabatta or omelette with a mocha. Alternatively, begin your adventures in Ivanhoe with a thick, rich Italian hot chocolate and a Sicilian doughnut. Located in the heart of Upper Heidelberg Road, Cafe Tre Fontane is a quaint, amiable and inviting coffee shop taking influence from the ‘toe’ of Italy.
Kick start your day in the Ivanhoe Shopping Precinct with a hearty feed from Pinkie [1 Westley Avenue, Ivanhoe]. Nestled in Westley Avenue, a stone’s throw from Ivanhoe’s busy Upper Heidelberg Road, Pinkie promises good food, good coffee and good moods. Choose an açaí bowl, sourdough toast with eggs or perhaps a serve of Pinkie’s sweet n' salty pancakes with whipped honey ricotta, salty dulce de leche, banana, raspberry and white chocolate crumbs. Pinkie is an inviting family-friendly Ivanhoe cafe that will gently ease you into the morning.
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Touch up your wardrobe with fashion finds from ENNI [119–121 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe]. This beautiful women’s boutique store specialises in quality Australian and New Zealand fashion. Shop an eclectic range of styles or ask an ENNI staff member to help you piece together a look to suit your style. Labels on offer are wide and varied — include Mela Purdie, Verge, Katie Hosking, Seven Sisters, Surface Art, David, Fields, ELK, JAG, Gabriella Frattini and plenty more.
Spend the rest of your morning inspired by the works of local artists at the Hatch Contemporary Arts Space [14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe], an invaluable art gallery and cultural hub for local artists. Explore the gallery’s interesting, ever-changing art exhibitions otherwise participate in a workshop, watch a performance or attend an event. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm when exhibitions are running so it’s best to see what’s on before you plan your visit.
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Let your significant other take the kids for a stroll — Creative Minds [206 Upper Heidelberg Road] and Kidstuff [160 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe] toy stores will keep them entertained because it's your time to relax your senses in Ivanhoe Melbourne’s bright and beautiful yoga studio. Book in for an afternoon Yin class; a slow-paced yoga session at Light Space Yoga [174 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe]. Under the guidance of both skilled and supportive teachers, your yoga class will leave you feeling rejuvenated after your morning of exploration.
Chocoholics rejoice! Head to Ivanhoe Melbourne’s very own Australian Chocolate Emporium [235 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe]. Here you will find a medley of confectionary to satisfy your sweet cravings. Indulge in some Australian made artisan chocolates sold in pre-packed boxes. Or get straight to the source and buy your premium chocolate by the kilo. You’ll never miss a special occasion if you buy your chocolate in bulk – stock up and save. Don’t forget to treat the little tackers in toe by letting them choose a sweet treat from the display cabinet, and grab a coffee if you’re after a caffeine top up.
Whether you’re after a special for a gift for a loved one or a pretty piece for yourself, head to ISSA Homewares [70 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe], one of Ivanhoe’s best-kept shopping secrets. This welcoming boutique sells handmade crafts, children’s soft toys, stylish fashion pieces, unique accessories and jewellery as well as chic home furnishings. Uncover new labels at this charming gift store — you'll be delighted you stopped by.
If you’re not quite ready for your family day out to come to an end, how about a stroll to and around Ivanhoe’s beautiful Chelsworth Park [Irvine Road, Ivanhoe]. Located between the Ivanhoe Public Golf Course and Wilson Reserve, Chelsworth Park is a multi-use public space, home to several local sporting clubs and a vast 11 hectares of parkland ready to be explored. Meander through peaceful walking trails along the creek and prepare for an epic match of I spy or stop by Chelsworth Park’s hidden playground for the kids (don’t forget the footy for a bit of kick to kick).
This park is perfect for an afternoon picnic — stock up on all your supplies at Ivanhoe Shopping Precinct’s many fresh produce stores, including Ivanhoe Deli [Shop 7c, Ivanhoe Plaza, 4–12 Livingstone Street, Ivanhoe] and The Froot Shop [Shop 5, Ivanhoe Plaza, 4–12 Livingstone Street, Ivanhoe] — or why not stop by Cosi Duci [227 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe] first and treat everyone to a sorbet or freshly made ice cream to take with you on your leisurely walk. Finish your day by selecting a stunning arrangement to brighten up your home from Ivanhoe’s renowned florist; Jaclyn Roma Floral Design [168 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe].
Stretch your Ivanhoe adventure out into the evening and experience the lively dining scene. With a range of cuisines on offer — from Thai to Italian and everything in between — there’s something to satisfy the whole family.
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