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Suburb Spy: Elsternwick’s tapestry of taste, tradition and good times

Get ready to uncover the vibrant charm of Elsternwick – where culture, dining and entertainment converge. From the lively Glen Huntly Road to serene nature reserves, Elsternwick offers an irresistible blend of urban buzz and natural allure. Join us as we unveil the Gary Peer team's top picks!


Delectable dining

Looking to experience Elsternwick like a true foodie? At these iconic eateries, good times – and even better food – are always on the menu.


Carter Lovett

For a café that seamlessly transitions from day to night, look no further than Carter Lovett.

Where flavoursome food meets vibrant atmosphere, this establishment is perfect for everything from a spur-of-the-moment catch-up to a lively soirée.

For breakfast aficionados, start your day right with the iconic Carter's Eggs Benedict. And if you’re still around by lunchtime, get your hands on the Reuben sandwich.

But the real insider’s tip? On the first weekend of the month, Carter Lovett opens for dinner. So, get on that waitlist!

With secret menus crafted from local produce and paired with an impressive lineup of craft beers and wines, we promise you’ll Lov-ett.



Luna Blu Gelato

A short stroll from Elsternwick Station, Luna Blu Gelato is a sweet spot born from an even sweeter love story.

When Daniel and Asha first began dating, they embarked on a Melbourne-wide hunt for the best ice cream – and then decided to hone their own gelato-making skills. At Gelato School in Italy, naturally.

The lovebirds then transformed their lifelong passion for gelato – and new-found skills for gelato-making – into Luna Blu.

What makes Luna Blu’s gelato Melbourne’s best? The fresh, local ingredients.

With Gippsland milk, seasonal fruits and free-range Green eggs, even classic flavours like vanilla and raspberry taste more enticing.

And if you can't get enough in store, you can always take away, with offerings ranging in size from a delightful, sweet treat to a tub ready for the ultimate rom-com marathon.



Aviv Cakes & Bagels

Aviv Cakes & Bagels is the place where pastry-filled dreams come true.

Owned by the Portmann family since 1988, this establishment is more than a place to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s a local institution.

From towering wedding cakes to playful cupcakes, every treat offers your taste buds a world of pleasure. 

The key to Aviv’s success? The Portmann passion for pastry. And a commitment to crafting confections that look and taste incredible – consistently.

And if you’re feeling more savoury than sweet, fear not! Aviv's coveted croissants and bagels are just as delectable (and popular)!



Damso Korean BBQ

Tantalising aromas, sizzling meats and savoury marinades… check, check and check.

Melbourne loves Korean BBQ, and Glen Huntly Road’s Damso is definitely one of the greats.

Dive into its signature barbecue experience, where you’re invited to grill an array of premium meats right at your table. From succulent marinated beef to mouthwatering pork belly, every bite is a party that warms your Seoul.

So, whether you're a seasoned barbecue aficionado or a newcomer, Damso is the perfect place to gather your friends and family for an unforgettable dining adventure.



Electric entertainment

Elsternwick’s entertainment scene hosts a mix of old-school charm and new-age excitement. It’s a unique blend of nostalgia and innovation, right on your doorstep.


Classic Cinemas

Have you ever been to the movies and felt like you've stepped into a cinematic wonderland? That's the magic of Classic Cinemas.

As you enter, you'll be whisked away to a bygone era of glamour and charm. With Art Deco architecture and plush velvet seats, the Classic is more than a place to watch a film. It's an experience.

Plus, with live comedy events, a rooftop cinema and bar with spectacular city views, exclusive film festivals and cult classic screenings, Classic Cinemas knows how to deliver excitement. On and off the big screen.

So, whether you're curled up with a bucket of popcorn in its cozy theatres or enjoying a drink at the bar, you’ll feel like a star.



Céramiques Elsternwick

Attention all Demis and Patricks! Step into Elsternwick's Céramiques, where clay and creativity collide.

Nestled in the heart of Elsternwick, this charming pottery studio offers hands-on workshops and classes for artists of all ages.

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, Céramiques Elsternwick provides the perfect opportunity to explore your artistic talents and craft something truly unique.

From pottery painting to clay sculpting, there's an activity for everyone at this creative haven.

And while you'll certainly take home a saucer or mug, it's the experience that's bound to stay with you.



The Elsternwick Club

Step into The Elsternwick Club for a blast from the past and some good ol’ fashioned fun!

At first glance, it might seem like your typical bowling club. But when you look more closely, you’ll find plenty of entertainment just waiting to be explored.

Since its inception in 1919, this local gem has been the go-to spot for good times, featuring barefoot bowls, poker nights – and, of course, some legendary bingo showdowns.

It's here, amidst the clinking of bowls and the roars of victory, that lifelong friendships are forged and friendly rivalries find their happy place.



Captivating culture

From revitalised natural landscapes and heritage-listed sites to poignant historical narratives, Elsternwick offers many captivating cultural experiences.


Yalukit Willam Nature Reserve (Elsternwick Park)

Once named the Elsternwick Golf Course, the Yalukit Willam Nature Reserve now beautifully honours the traditional lands of the Boonwurrung people.

A significant restoration project, this reserve echoes ancient stories amidst its rustling leaves and trickling streams, emphasising the land's cultural significance.

As you wander the winding trails through diverse habitats, from native grasslands to bird-filled wetlands, you may even see some kangaroos grazing. It’s a truly captivating sight, especially when you remember you’re not far from the CBD.

All in all, Yalukit Willam has once again become a wonderland of biodiversity. And this project showcases just how powerful community-driven conservation efforts can be.



Rippon Lea Estate

Rippon Lea Estate intertwines history, culture and natural splendour.

Stroll through lush gardens with hidden pathways leading to serene lakeside spots. Or explore the rooms of the opulent heritage-listed mansion steeped in stories of yesteryear (which we imagine Lady Whistledown will narrate).

Yet, it's not just a relic. It pulsates with Melbourne's cultural vibrancy.

From starlit outdoor cinema events to immersive historical reenactments, there's always something magical on the grounds.

Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or simply seeking serenity, Rippon Lea Estate offers an enchanting escape.



The Melbourne Holocaust Museum

The Melbourne Holocaust Museum (MHM) stands as a beacon of light in one of humanity's darkest chapters.

Following a rebuild in 2023, MHM's powerful exhibitions and firsthand testimonies serve as a living memorial to the six million Jewish lives lost during the Holocaust.

Each artifact and photograph bears witness to the atrocities endured, yet amidst the harrowing truths, tales of resilience and hope shine through.

It’s a must-visit.



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