If you’re after a city-side adventure with a slower pace, head to Yarraville Village. There’s a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere and a sense of community here. Its rustic Edwardian and Victorian shopfronts are home to an array of cafes, restaurants and pubs, alongside eclectic stores, boutiques and gift shops. There’s also a miniature precinct on Anderson Street, where locals regularly enjoy coffee and soak up a few rays in the outdoor spaces.
Pop into Cobb Lane, where the donuts, pastries and artisan breads are not only fresh baked daily, but are also the kind that people will happily travel across the city to buy. The donuts are a stand out, filled with flavours like salted caramel, liquorice, cherry chocolate and orange blossom and blueberry. There’s also a seasonal all-day breakfast and lunch menu, blending British home-style cooking with Australian produce.
If you’re thinking about catching a film, you can’t go past the Sun Theatre. Located in the heart of Yarraville Village, this independent art deco theatre has been lovingly restored, and each of its eight boutique screens features much of the original detailing and memorabilia from its 1938 inception. There’s a variety of arthouse, cult classics and new release films showing (film buffs will love watching in 70mm) and the candy bar also sells beer and wine. Next door is Sun Bookshop, where you’ll find a wide variety of carefully curated titles, in what was, in days’ past, the Sun Theatre candy bar.
Disconnect from the bustle of the village and take a moment to recharge with a walk around Cruickshank Park. Sealed paths weave throughout the lush greenery and, at its heart, you’ll find the bubbling waters of Stony Creek. There are picnic tables and a playground with shade, as well as a basketball court, two free tennis courts, a BMX track and circuit-style fitness equipment.