As one of Melbourne's earliest settlements, Richmond is best known today for its bargain designer shopping along Bridge Road and Swan Street. Vibrant Richmond is also a go-to place for Greek or Vietnamese food, all-day breakfasts and great live music.
Factory outlets and seconds stores of many Australian clothing labels such as Gorman, Metalius and Country Road can be found along Bridge Road and Swan Street whilst designer furniture and objets d' art can be found along Church Street.
Genuine Greek cuisines are offered in the many restaurants and cafes along Swan Street or Bridge Road.
However, if oriental flavours are what your taste buds are craving for, a stroll along Victoria Street will not disappoint. Known locally as Little Saigon, Victoria Street is the heart of Melbourne's Vietnamese community. The long stretch of eateries, butchers, fishmongers and grocers starts at the junction of Hoddle Street and extends to Abbotsford by the Yarra River. You should not expect white linen tablecloths or hovering waiters: a trip to Victoria Street will allow you to experience the hustle and bustle of fast, fresh and exceptional Asian food at a bargain price.
For those preferring more modern Australian cuisine, dining at the stylish Pearl at Church Street would be ideal. Previously visited by Oprah Winfrey and now listed in the 2012 Good Food Guide, it is highly recommended that you make a booking before paying the popular restaurant/ café a visit.
Bars and live music thrive in Richmond. The Corner Hotel is one of Melbourne's most famous live-music venues, hosting well-known international and local bands alongside aspiring newcomers.
If a relaxing night is what you're after, the Great Britain (GB) Hotel offers a great variety of beers on tap, from German pilsners to locally brewed Coopers ale. A trivia night is held every Tuesday from 9pm and Wednesday is open microphone night where you get 15 minutes to showcase your talent on stage. GB also supports local bands and gig nights are held on most other nights.
Station 59 is Melbourne's newest live music venue and offers various styles of live music from Thursday to Sunday. Critics have labeled it as a little gem tucked away on Church Street that accommodates to quiet drinkers or party-goers.
Alternatively, for the best jazz in town, Dizzy's jazz club is a well-known nightspot for enthusiasts.
Richmond is easily accessible by tram to Swan Street, Victoria Street or Bridge Road where most of Richmond's attractions are then within walking distance. By train from Flinders Street Station, most metro lines will only take approximately 10 minutes to arrive at Richmond Station. If you are heading towards the other end into Abbotsford or Collingwood, the Epping and Hurstbridge lines will get you there in about 15 minutes.