Experience rich Vietnamese culture and cuisine, discover Swedish homewares and drink craft beer, all in the heart of Richmond.
Richmond is home to a thriving Asian community, and Victoria Street, also known as Little Saigon, is a veritable hotspot for Vietnamese eateries where fragrant aromas and tasty morsels abound. Some swear that the steaming bowls of pho at I Love Pho are some of the best in Melbourne. For quick and delicious takeaway bahn mi, pork rolls, coconut scrolls and mung bean desserts, Nhu Lan Bakery is your one-stop shop. If you’re after a more extensive menu of Vietnamese dishes, head to Pho Hung Vuong 2.
Afterwards, if you’re looking for a bar with a difference, check out Mountain Goat, a local brewery hidden in Richmond’s backstreets. Join a free brewery tour — there’s one every Wednesday night — or pop into the bar for a freshly poured pint and delicious pizza in the evening (open Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays). Another place to try is Slow Beer, Australia’s first dedicated craft beer store. Its beer cafe has four regularly rotating drops on tap and, if you’re feeling peckish, cheeses, panini and charcuterie are also on offer.
Take a trip to Sweden without leaving Richmond at IKEA, the famous homewares store selling stylish, functional and affordable furnishings with a Scandinavian touch. Grab a coffee from the on-site cafe to sip while you’re perusing the products, then refuel on fresh and yummy Swedish cuisine — the meatballs are A+ — at the restaurant.