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Top 10 Things To See And Do In Richmond, Melbourne
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Top 10 Things To See And Do In Richmond, Melbourne

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Situated just three kilometers south-east from Melbourne’s City Center, Richmond is famous for its discount shopping and variety of food and drink. But with the biggest sporting venue in the Southern hemisphere right on its doorstep and world-class street art gracing many public walls, there’s even more to discover.
Start the day with Brunch in Richmond | © Erica Firment/Flickr
Start the day with Brunch in Richmond | © Erica Firment/Flickr
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Go for Brunch

Friends of Mine is a self-confessed arty, laid-back place. They pride themselves on using produce that is organic, free-range and locally sourced wherever possible. Whether you come for an all-day breakfast, pancakes or a heartier lunch dish, you’ll be well looked after. Book yourself in for their delightful High Tea — served every last Sunday of the month — and be spoiled with a glass of bubbly and a scrumptious selection of savory and sweet treats.

Friends of Mine, 506 Swan Street, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9428 7516

Hunt for bargains and hidden treasures | © Moyan Brenn/Flickr
Hunt for bargains and hidden treasures | © Moyan Brenn/Flickr
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Shop for Bargains

Cutting right through the district, Bridge Road is renowned for its shopping opportunities. Clothes fanatics can find great bargains and hidden treasures in the many factory outlets and smaller boutiques selling everything from clothes and shoes to accessories and vintage fashion. It’s also a great place to come for furniture, with a number of home furnishing stores offering a real chance to find that one-of-a-kind item for your living room.

Bridge Road, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Some of Melbourne's best Street Art | © Dave A Morris/Instagram
Some of Melbourne’s best Street Art | © Dave A Morris/Instagram
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Discover Street Art

Melbourne is home to some of the best street art in the world, having lent its public walls to many local artists and internationally known muralists. Head along the train tracks around Richmond Station and turn into the small streets branching off of Swan Street where you will discover stunning murals and intricately designed graffiti in bold colors.

Swan Street, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Victoria Street is home to a number of excellent Vietnamese restaurants | © Ron Dollete/Flickr
Victoria Street is home to a number of excellent Vietnamese restaurants | © Ron Dollete/Flickr
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Get ‘Pho’ Real for Lunch

Whether you’re a budget eater or fine diner with deeper pockets, the venues on Victoria Street offer delicious and authentic Vietnamese cuisine made from fresh produce. If you’re new to Victoria Street, begin your culinary journey at Pho Hung Vuong 2. Don’t be fooled by the casual appearance, the flavors are delicious and the portions are very generous.

Pho Hung Vuong 2, 150 Victoria St, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9428 8680

Learn to cook authentic Vietnamese cuisine | © Norton Ip/Flickr
Learn to cook authentic Vietnamese cuisine | © Norton Ip/Flickr
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Take a Cooking Class

If you’re not content with eating authentic Vietnamese food but want to learn to cook the dishes in the comfort of your own home, head to Otao Kitchen on Victoria Road. Learn to cook quick meals that are delicious and healthy in classes of 5-12 people. Not only do participants prepare the food themselves but they also get together at the end of every class to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Choose from different classes, such as ‘Hoi An Beach Food’ or ‘Taste of Vietnam.’ Alternatively, join the Saturday Food Tour to learn how to prepare classic dishes right after a tour around the markets to show you where to buy the best fresh produce and essential pantry ingredients.

Otao Kitchen, 360 Victoria Street, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 408 217 899

Mountain Goat makes some of the best ales in Victoria | © Michael Fajardo/Flickr
Mountain Goat makes some of the best ales in Victoria | © Michael Fajardo/Flickr
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Sample a Craft Beer

Nestled in a converted warehouse in North Richmond, the Mountain Goat Brewery released its first ale in 1997. While Mountain Goat ales are available throughout Victoria state, the brewery itself is open to the public twice a week. All the regulars are available on tap for sampling, as are one-off batches and food. There are free brewery tours too.

Mountain Goat Brewery, Corner North & Clark Streets, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9428 1180

The MCG at night | © Sascha Wenninger/Flickr
The MCG at night | © Sascha Wenninger/Flickr
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Watch a Sporting Event

Sports are a major part of the social fabric of Victoria and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is right at the forefront of the action. With a capacity of just over 100,000, the MCG is the largest stadium in the Southern hemisphere and the 10th largest in the world. The stadium plays host to Australian football in the winter and cricket games in the summer as well as other sports, such as soccer or rugby, and even major rock concerts.

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Brunton Avenue, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9657 8888

Indie Theatre in Richmond | © Hernán Piñera/Flickr
Indie Theatre in Richmond | © Hernán Piñera/Flickr
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Catch a Performance

Located just across from the Richmond train station, The Owl and Cat Theatre is a quirky and creative establishment that specializes in indie performances and takes pride in its support of emerging artists. First opened as an art gallery, founder Jason Cavanagh later added music and theater to the repertoire. There are regular events and classes such as the monthly Jazz Jam and movie script readings. Evening performances rotate regularly and visitors can head for a drink at the bar before and after the shows.

The Owl and Cat Theatre, 34 Swan Street, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9421 3020

Waiting for the band to play | © Kamal Hamid/Flickr
Waiting for the band to play | © Kamal Hamid/Flickr
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Listen to Live Music

Although live music has been on the menu since the 1940s, Corner Hotel has earned a reputation for being a first-class rock music venue. The origins of the pub go further back still. It was first licensed in 1871 when, thanks to its proximity to Richmond Railway Station, the pub soon attracted a steady following. Aside from cheering on local bands and internationally renowned musicians, visitors of the Corner Hotel can enjoy good home-cooked pub food and a variety of drinks either in the relaxing front bar or on the pub’s rooftop beer garden, where they can marvel at the city’s skyline.

Corner Hotel, 57 Swan Street, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9427 7300

Rum Manhattan with Maraschino Caviar and a twist of lemon | © My Aching Head/Flickr
Rum Manhattan with Maraschino Caviar and a twist of lemon | © My Aching Head/Flickr
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Sip Exotic Cocktails

Bar Economico is the brainchild of Matthew Bax, the genius behind Melbourne’s iconic cocktail bar Der Raum. Bar Economico serves some of the best rum cocktails in the city. The exact selection is on rotation, but you’ll still be able to choose from 15 different cocktails per night as well as other premium spirits plus a small selection of beer, wine and ciders.

Bar Economico, 438 Church Street, Richmond, Melbourne, VIC, Australia