Scratch under the surface and you’ll find an abundance of things to do in Glen Waverley.
If you’re heading to this diverse suburb by train, you’ll find a great place to start almost as soon as you disembark at Glen Waverley Train Station. Purveyor of fine caffeinated products, Black Flat can be found in a glassed-in corner space just outside the station. Pop in for a latte (blend by Axil Roasters) and one of the bagels filled with dill cream cheese and smoked salmon. What’s more, if you want to learn to make the perfect cup or impress friends and family, book in for one of their classes, where you can learn the basics of espresso making or creating the perfect latte art.
Kingsway is Glen Waverley’s main shopping precinct, perfectly positioned where the train line ends (there’s also plenty of paid parking spots if you choose to drive). It’s here, in the heart of Glen Waverley, where you’ll find a variety of shopping and dining options. One of the best – in fact, one of the best Mexican restaurants in Melbourne – is The Black Toro. Latin American dishes like whitefish ceviche, crispy chicken ribs and an array of tacos are set to whet your whistle. Larger plates like Lamb Barbacoa and Aji Panca Beef Cheek will amaze, or you can just say ‘feed me’ for their degustation menu. It’s also a great restaurant for kids with Latin American dishes like crumbed fish tacos and mini quesadillas on the kids menu.
North of Kingsway, The Glen is the major shopping centre in Glen Waverley, with fashion and homewares stores, a book shop, food outlets and more. It’s a 500-metre walk from the train station, but if your arms are loaded with shopping then it’s just as well they run a free shuttle bus every ten minutes, each day of the week.
When you’ve shopped to your heart’s content, it’s time for lunch and, in this suburb, you’ll find just about every type of Asian cuisine you can imagine. Tuck into tasty dumplings and other yum cha delights in the no-frills surroundings of Hong Kong Dim Sim. Those with a taste for spicy Thai curries should head to Paradise Road. Fun fact: in 1973, Glen Waverley was home to Melbourne’s very first McDonald’s. It was demolished in 2016 with a new building replacing the old one on Springvale Road.
After eating your fill at one of Glen Waverley’s many delicious restaurants (McDonald’s not included!), take a stroll beneath trees and beside a lake at Bogong Reserve. There’s a lovely set of swings and play equipment for the kids, an off-leash area for your four-legged best friend and a shared pathway for long walks and cycles.
As the evening sets in there are some great options for dinner. While a little removed from the hustle and bustle of Kingsway and The Glen, Sette Bello is a sophisticated Italian eatery and worth the trip down Springvale Road. Regularly recognised as the best Italian restaurant in Glen Waverley and its surrounding suburbs, a night at Sette Bello will be indulgent, luxurious and delicious.