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As we know, 2020 has been a year like no other. It’s been an extremely challenging time for everyone in Moonee Valley.

Christmas provides us with the chance to help celebrate with local business and support them as our community reconnects.

Moonee Valley is filled with wonderful retail outlets, eateries and service providers – everything you need to spoil your loved ones.

This year’s Christmas focus is on supporting our local traders. Shops and restaurants are now extending their trade and dining onto footpaths and even some roadways. These Council-supported ideas are designed so the community can safely get back outdoors and our local traders can safely welcome you.

We encourage everyone to support local this festive season. Our traders need you more than ever before.

Check out some great local offers below, or visit our business guide for everyone trading in Moonee Valley this Christmas!

 

Aberfeldie

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.

Calmer Days Calmer Nights

These sensational fine produce picnic platters can be ordered for pickup from Calmer Days Calmer Nights.

Calmer Days Calmer Nights picnic box

North & Eight

Spread the love with a gift voucher this Christmas or just feast on amazing dishes like this delicious char sui pork bao at the hip North & Eight.

North and eight Bao

Poyntons Nursery

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.

Poyntons Nursery Santa ornament

“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

Airport West

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!

Xander & Grace and The Pot Project

Add a splash of colour with furniture, plants, artwork or amazing gifts like this resin Monkey Floor Lamp from Xander & Grace and The Pot Project.

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99 Bikes

From kids’ first training wheels to chasing mountain adventures, 99 Bikes has everything you need such as this essential helmet.

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Roasting Warehouse

The gift boxes from Roasting Warehouse are the perfect gift for the coffee aficionado or home barista in your life!

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“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

Ascot Vale

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.

Old Man Drew

Let this tower of sweet treats tempt you to indulge in a magnificent high tea at Old Man Drew.

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Melbourne Powered

Bolster a standard bike and add power to pedal with this electric battery mid-drive conversion kit from Melbourne Powered.

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The Kynd Butcher

Order ahead and have a merry, meatless Christmas with 100 per cent vegan feasts, cheeses,
chocolates and more from The Kynd Butcher.

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“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

Avondale Heights

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.

Particle Café

Homemade and vegan granola from Particle Café. A perfect addition to your DIY gift hamper!

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Impasto Forno Antico

The Julius Mein coffee at Impasto Forno Antico pairs perfectly with their homemade almond biscuits!

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Rice Fields

Salt and pepper chicken ribs – just one of the many scrumptious Chinese and Vietnamese dishes from Rice Fields.

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“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

Essendon

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.

Chocolate Freckles

You can rely on Chocolate Freckles for quality children’s clothes and gifts, like these popular stackers for babies.

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Cazinc the Label

Shop ethically and sustainably-made Australian designs like The Skylar, Long Line Blazer at Cazinc the Label in Rose Street.

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Arthouse Direct

Find great gift ideas like this paint set and get all your art supplies from Arthouse Direct in Buckley Street.

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“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

Essendon North

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.

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Rasberry Soda

Rasberry Soda has this gorgeous Blue Frill romper (000-1) or bug print French terry set (000-2) and much more.

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Parisian Baker

Bring a touch of Paris to your Christmas day or picnic in the park with exquisite croissants, donuts, cakes and more from Parisian Baker.

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“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

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!

The Art Factory

The Art Factory has a great range of classes, workshops and crafting kits for both kids and adults – a perfect Christmas gift for the creative soul.

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Renaissance Skin & Body

Gift vouchers or beauty products are available for Christmas or just treat yourself at Renaissance Skin & Body.

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Tony’s Pies

No trip to Essendon West is complete without a tasty pie, quiche or sausage roll from the iconic Tony’s Pies, or take home a delicious blueberry pie for dessert – yum!

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“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

Flemington

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.

Newmarket Quality Meats

Bring everyone together over an extraordinarily tasty Christmas ham from Newmarket Quality Meats. With over 50 years’ experience, you can’t go wrong!

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Not Plain Jane

Walk away with bold, colourful and joyful gifts like these breeze earrings from Not Plain Jane.

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Essential Skin Clinic

Nourish your skin, or show someone you really care, with a self-care pack from the Essential Skin Clinic.

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“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

Keilor East

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.

Rose Creek Estate

Call ahead to explore fine wines and award-winning olive oils at Rose Creek Estate our ‘Tuscany in Keilor East’.

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Laminated Cotton Shop

Minimise your waste with fun and colourful snack bags from Laminated Cotton Shop.

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One by One

Delight in coffee and brunch from One by One, or tuck into a burger from their new online venture Dumbo Burgers (via Uber Eats).

 

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“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

Moonee Ponds

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.

Little Soldiers

This eco-friendly baby hairbrush and comb set with organic cotton muslin wrap from Little Soldiers is a gorgeous gift for young families.

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Dartagnan

Lose yourself in a lush wonderland of homewares, beauty and care products like this aromatic soy candle from Dartagnan.

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Gourmet Kitchen

Gourmet Kitchen has masterclass gift vouchers available or order one of Laura’s popular and delectable dessert boxes!

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“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

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.

Oliver’s Patisserie

Grab a snack or order ahead for a box of homemade and French-style cakes, tarts and slices from Oliver’s Patisserie. The mini-Christmas puddings are a must!

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Barnett’s Jewellery

Buy this spectacular Australian-made and Deco-inspired dress ring with nine orange sapphires and diamonds from Barnett’s Jewellery.

 

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My Sister Elle

Online Niddrie business My Sister Elle has this ‘Luna’ rayon print top, with matching maxi skirt and much more.

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“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

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.

Strathmore Village Meats

Lean into the expertise of the local butcher and enjoy premium rib-eye steaks from Strathmore Village Meats.

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Enta

Fill those stockings with health and wellbeing products like these massage balls, or join a wide range of classes at Enta.

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Edward Abbott Wine Bar

Share tales of a year like no other over a great drop, like this Billy Button San Geovese, at Edward Abbott Wine Bar.

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“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

2020 Moonee Valley Christmas Tree