The inner-city Melbourne suburb of Richmond takes its name from London’s Richmond Hill, and, like its English namesake, sits cheek by jowl with the suburb of Kew. Some of Melbourne and Australia’s signature industries - including the Bryant and May match factory - made their initial mark in the suburb. Now, it's the place to be for young, affluent city dwellers, with elegant, iron-laced terraces and luxury modern townhouses.
Bridge Street is renowned for its designer-label clothing factory outlets, although it and parallel Swan Street have a growing reputation for eateries - everything from simple cafes to sophisticated restaurants. If you go for ethnic food, Swan Street is the place for Greek food, while Victoria Street has numerous Vietnamese restaurants.
Richmond is also famous for Dimmeys discount department store, distinctively adorned with a dome and clock-tower. The store has been operating from the same Swan Street location since 1853.
Adjoining Richmond is the MCG, one of the most famous cricket grounds in the world. Take the opportunity to attend a cricket or football match, or on non-event days, you can take a tour of the hallowed ground.
In neighbouring South Yarra, Como House is a restored mansion with five acres of gardens overlooking the Yarra River. The house dates from 1847 and is a fusion of Australian Regency and Italianate architecture styles. The historic garden features sloping lawns, woodland walks, a croquet lawn, flower displays, water garden and fountains.
Things to do:
Shopping in Bridge Street - designer-label clothing factory outlets
Dimmeys department store - Swan Street
Eateries - Bridge Street, Swan Street, Victoria Street
In the area:
MCG - attend a match or take a tour
Como House - historic mansion and fine garden