With bustling Burke Road as its heart, Camberwell is one of the City of Boroondara’s most popular spots for both residents and visitors.
Take a few hours to explore one of the most interesting and park-filled areas of Melbourne. A popular suburb, with many of its original Victorian and Edwardian homes still visible in residential streets, Camberwell has a thriving shopping strip along Burke Road and several serene parks and gardens, including Frog Hollow Reserve and Bowen Gardens.
You’ll never want for somewhere to eat or spend your extra cash in Camberwell. There are more than 400 stores — fashion, homewares and specialist food shops are all represented — along Burke Road, but for something different head to the Camberwell Antique Centre on Cookson Street. With more than 50 licensed dealers all under one roof, this is the place to find collectable china, vintage and estate jewellery, sporting memorabilia and anything you might desire from yesteryear. Here, you’ll also find Antique Toy World, where you can buy rare vintage and contemporary toys, including a huge range of cars, figurines and models.
When hunger strikes, an excellent eatery is never far away. Try Legacy Camberwell for top-quality cafe fare, from hokey pokey hotcakes and sushi bowls to superfood smoothies and old-fashioned milkshakes. From lunchtime until late, home-style Italian dishes are on the menu at Fiorelli. Make sure you’re hungry, because there’s homemade gnocchi, spaghetti marinara and hot chocolate souffle to enjoy. Boss Pizzeria also has an Italian bent, serving Napoli-style wood-fired pizza made from the best local and imported ingredients. If you’re craving fior di latte, sopressa salami, olives and roasted peppers on a thin, crispy base, this is the place to find yourself a table.
If you’ve got the kids — even the dog — with you, head to Lynden Park on Highfield Road. There’s plenty of play equipment. Including swings and slides, for them to have fun on and you can let pups off the leash. There’s also barbecues on site if you fancy having a picnic in the sunshine.
For entertainment after dark, head to The Palace Hotel. This popular watering hole has a huge range of beers, including microbrews, on tap, a dining room pumping out excellent pub grub and, depending on the night of the week, comedy, live music, trivia and DJs. More low key is Bar None, where creative cocktails and table service appeal to a discerning crowd. Upstairs from Bar None, you’ll find East of Everything, where views of the Melbourne skyline accompany craft beer and ciders and soul food snacks you’d normally eat in New Orleans.
One of Camberwell’s most popular attractions is only open on the weekend. Camberwell Sunday Market, first held in 1976, is Melbourne’s best trash and treasure market. Browse second-hand goods and crafts in the hundreds of stalls that take over the car park at the rear of Burke and Riversdale roads. Whether you’re keen on retro fashion or are restocking your record collection, you are sure to find a treasure (or three) here.