If you want to immerse yourself in Monash’s Greek heritage, it’s best to start in Oakleigh.
If you want a hit of culture in an easy-to-manage package, head towards Oakleigh. There’s a great village vibe here, with plenty of old-school grocers and delis sitting alongside excellent spots to eat. The Greek community is well established here, so you’ll be able to snack on strong coffee and traditional pastries like baklava and bougatsa (flaky pastry filled with semolina custard) at Nikos Oakleigh Quality Cakes, just one of the bakeries on the main shopping streets.
You might also like to try another of the suburb’s specialties at Kalimera Souvlaki Art, known for its excellent pita and succulent lamb, chicken and pork. For something completely different, Burgled Burgers has globally inspired patties — the Italian job has beef topped with salami, bocconcini, lettuce, red peppers, aioli and tomato relish.
Work up an appetite with a walk around Brickmakers Park. There’s some historical brick-making equipment still on the site, a lake with a water play area, and an excellent playground.