When it comes to quality food and drink, it’s a gastronomic affair in South Yarra.

If you want to experience some of the most sought-after food, drink and shopping in Melbourne, hop on board a train heading towards Cranbourne, Pakenham, Sandringham or Frankston to one of Melbourne’s oldest and most affluent inner-city suburbs, South Yarra.

For those with an interest in all things culinary — and even for those who don’t — one of the best places to visit in South Yarra is Prahran Market. It is the longest, continuously running food market in Australia, and an incredible sight to behold, with an array of traders offering the freshest and finest quality produce and hard-to-find specialties you’ll lay eyes on. Here, you can pick up a bag of certified-organic fruit and veg; fresh, sustainable fish and seafood; and free-range, grass-fed meat. There’s also a visit from the Peninsula Animal Farm every Tuesday, where the kids can pat, feed and even enjoy a cuddle with chickens, bunnies, lambs, calves and a border collie sheep dog.

Ready to escape the bustling market in favour of a hearty meal? Head to Cucinetta, where you’ll discover traditional Italian fare at its finest. Its name, when translated, means ‘little kitchen’ and the space lives up to this, seating just 20 people. The seasonal menu changes weekly, and is paired with a selection of Italian and Australian wines. 

Afterwards, if you’re looking for a night cap, Speakeasy Kitchen Bar has you covered. Its entry, at three metres wide, is tiny, but don’t be fooled — keep walking through the narrow space and you’ll discover a bright white dining area and a wooden open-air terrace, where you can indulge in cocktails with a modern twist.

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