Nestled on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, there are plenty of reasons to explore Aberfeldie. A visit to Flowers By Marilyn will brighten interiors, while Too Good Bakers cannot be missed. Start the day with brunch at North & Eight and enjoy a long, lazy evening at Calmer Days Calmer Nights wine bar. Or grab take away from Pizza Raphael.
If it’s something for the home or garden you’re after, Poyntons Nursery has everything! With terrariums, plants, beautiful pots, Christmas ornaments and garden decor, the gift options are endless.
“There’s a real combination of nature and local shopping strips, and you don’t have to step out of Aberfeldie to enjoy a wide range of shops and activities.” Susan, The Boathouse
Surprises abound behind industrial buildings and suburban avenues – the perfect Christmas gifts await you in Airport West. Peruse contemporary homewares at Xander & Grace and The Pot Project, then enjoy intoxicating aromas at Roasting Warehouse. There’s 99 Bikes for those seeking adventure, or book in to creative workshops and classes at The Studio School of Arts. Don’t forget sustenance as you shop and pick up a delicious treat from Café 53. Later, make sure you check out newcomer Citrine Sri Lankan Cuisine!
“Airport West is a great neighbourhood with an excellent local strip of shops. You can see and feel the friendly vibe that has attracted so many families to the area.” Carlo, Roasting Warehouse
As locals know, Ascot Vale is filled with the interesting, the essential and everything in between. Union Road is lined with eateries, fashion options such as Two Byrds, homewares stores and beautiful gift shops like Willow. There’s more to find down Maribyrnong and Mt Alexander roads – check out Judy’s personally curated vintage collection at Red Rocket Design or make a date to visit the sumptuous Miss Violet’s Tearooms at Old Man Drew.
“Our village shopping strip has some of the best businesses in Melbourne - from vegan bakeries and butchers to an array of international cuisines. We can’t wait to welcome you.” Maria, Union Rd Traders Association and Espresso 155
Military Road is the place to be for established and emerging hospitality. Brunch options include Particle Café and Impasto Forno Antico or there is always Jack’s Charcoal Chicken to eat park-side. Be spoilt for dinner with Rice Fields, Bangkok House, Il Porto Pizza or Avondale Thai. For sweet needs, brighten your table with macaroons from Mini Indulgences or visit Cannoli Bar. This Christmas, shop for sustainable products online with incredible soaps, ceramics and vegan reusable food wraps from Kikikovic – all locally made in Avondale Heights.
“There’s so much to like about Avondale Heights. My kids are at the local primary school, we shop locally and catch up at the restaurants and cafés along Military Road.” Hooi, Mini Indulgences
There’s no shortage of glamorous and welcoming options down the leafy, heritage-filled Essendon streets. With a friendly village atmosphere and range of chic shops including Chocolate Freckles, Miss Gigi’s Fashion, Intrigue On Rose and Cazinc The Label, there is something to suit all ages this Christmas. Finish a big shopping day with a meal from one of the exceptional restaurants or cafés down Rose, Napier or Fletcher streets.
“There’s a good mix of shops and everyone’s dedicated to helping each other. Come down for the friendly and intimate atmosphere where people feel welcome and are part of the community.” Peter, Benny & Me
A family-friendly, relaxed neighbourhood with trendy retail and hospitality offerings, Essendon North is the place to be for an easy-going shopping experience. Wander down Mt Alexander Road, Leake Street or Keilor Road for a range of superb shops including Chilli Clothing and Beauty on Rose. Pick up a gorgeous bouquet at Village Blooms of Essendon before stopping off at Select Sweets for a special treat.
Gregory’s Bag and Shoe Repairs
Over 35 years’ experience in the art of repairs, restorations and leather crafting means new life for your favourite belongings thanks to Gregory’s Bag and Shoe Repairs.
“Welcome to Essendon North Village, the jewel of the north-west. We have such a strong community where people go out of their way to support local businesses and each other.” Tony, King of Clippers
Essendon West is one of those neighbourhoods with all your living and shopping needs just a
walk away. With bakeries, cafés, fish and chips, pizza and hairdressers, Buckley Street is a great local shopping strip. As things reopen, you will find Toni at Renaissance Skin & Body with plenty of nurturing Christmas gift ideas. For a great evening meal why not go local for Chinese food? There is a reason Imperial Chinese Garden has a four-star rating on Google!
“I’ve been trading here for 36 years and it’s like a village where people know and are happy to support each other. Essendon West has everything you need in the area.” Tony, Tony’s Pies
Follow your eyes and nose this Christmas back to the shopping precincts of Racecourse Road
and Pin Oak Crescent with handmade clothing, beautiful homewares, unique items and vintage stores. Not Plain Jane in Pin Oak Crescent has treasures just waiting to be explored before you head to Essential Skin Clinic for some nurturing and perhaps a few gift purchases. Make time to enjoy food experiences and flavours from around the world while here, including I Love Dumplings, Chef Lagenda, The Abyssinian Restaurant and many other great dining options.
“Flemington is an incredibly close-knit community with an abundance of established and multicultural shops and restaurants. It’s an all-round lifestyle hotspot and an excellent place to shop local.” Jayson, Nelson Alexander and Flemington Traders Association
With lovely parks to enjoy, Keilor East is also a great place to shop local this Christmas. Explore the specialty stores in Centreway Shopping Centre and spend time getting to know your friendly traders again. The excellent cafés and restaurants have plenty on offer, including The East Pantry and One by One. Plus, Keilor East has its own online eco-friendly business – Jacinta from the Laminated Cotton Shop has great gifts, all locally made.
“Keilor East has a real community feel to it. From the local residents to the shop owners, we all support each other as much as we can.” Tina, Bendigo Bank Centreway
A unique mix of contemporary and long-standing traders like Paulene Maree results in the much-loved shopping experience of Moonee Ponds. The endless options in Puckle, Hall, Pratt and Homer streets mean easy gift shopping for friends and family from bookshops and clothing to homewares and spas. For the perfect bottle of wine or a great meal, check out The Suburban Cellar Door, Strangeloves Wine Bar or the range of options in Mt Alexander Road.
“Moonee Ponds combines old world character with development and vibrancy. There’s a strong sense of community, with every industry on your doorstep. Why would you want to go anywhere else?” Ashlyn, Moonee Ponds Traders Association and The Suburban Cellar Door
Niddrie hits the sweet spot with its warm village feel, vibrant range of retail offerings, and nostalgic sights and smells around Keilor Road. The speciality shops – including Togah, Piink and Sticky Fingers Children’s Boutique – will welcome you with open arms, and the diverse
mix of restaurants, cafés and patisseries means there’s something for everyone.
“The Niddrie shopping precinct is customer-focused, family-oriented and vibrant with plenty of cafés, restaurants and retail stores fulfilling customer needs and requirements.” Jacque, Barnett’s Jewellery and Niddrie Traders Association
Strathmore is a flourishing neighbourhood with traders at the heart of the community. Throughout Napier Street and surrounds, rediscover the wonderful options such as HER.kin clothing and giftware, Gusto, KG4435 restaurant, A Delicious Afare café, 8 Slices Pizza and Enlivan that make up this plentiful village. Replenish your health and wellbeing at a choice of spas before winding down with friends at any number of food and wine spots.
“The Strathmore community is very supportive, and there are so many local businesses in the area. The people are friendly and they support local and each other in every situation.” Linh, KG4435 restaurant