Well known as Melbourne’s premier shopping street, Chapel St has two distinct zones. At the South Yarra end you’ll find designer clothes shops and run-of-the-mill cafes. But cross Commercial Road into the Prahran/Windsor end and you will discover a hotbed of cool cafes, relaxed bars and an abundance of unique boutiques and second hand shops – hence why you’ll find most of our recommendations are for this area, for it’s where the locals like to hang! Here’s our Grand Guide to Chapel St and all of its delights…
Kick Start Your Heart
Grab a coffee or some breakfast-brunch to get yourself started here…
Journeyman | 169 Chapel St | 9521 4884 A great all rounder of a cafe serving banging good coffee, and delicious food. Vegan friendly.
The Tyranny Of Distance | 147 Union St Just off Chapel St, very popular local spot with a boho feel serving great breakfasts.
Market Lane Coffee | Prahran Markets, Commercial Rd It’s all about the divine coffee here, great pastries & breads too.
School of 7 Bells | 33 Chapel St | 9521 5535 House made coffee blends with a breakfast & lunch menu filled with the classics & some surprises – try the waffles.
Something More Substantial
Relax and soak up the Chapel St vibe whilst dining at these fab places…
Borsch Vodka & Tears | 173 Chapel St | 9530 2694 Hearty Eastern European food with an extensive vodka menu & a shabby-chic atmosphere.
Da Noi | 95 Toorak Rd | 9866 5975 You’ll feel like you’re in an Italian household dining on generous, hearty Sardinian cuisine. Café e Cucina | 581 Chapel St | 9827 4139 One of Melbourne’s pioneers of authentic Italian food, stylish but with charming Italian service.
Toko | 142 Greville St | 9521 3155 Enjoy the casual Japanese style pub or ‘izakaya-style’ dining, complete with a open-air terrace, whisky lounge and delicious Japanese cuisine.
Ladro | 162 Greville St | 9510 2233 Stylish artisan pizza & feel good Italian food. Thai Food To Go | 141 Chapel St | 9510 2112 A long time Chapel St favourite with very un-Thai like retro décor, serves excellent Thai food at very reasonable prices.
France-Soir | 11 Toorak Rd | 9866 8569 Classic French fare in this super popular spot – one of our few recommendations north of Commercial Rd.
Gramercy Bistro | 162-164 Commercial Rd | 9098 1155 A New York inspired bistro that brings diners classic dishes & cocktails all day long.
Leonards House of Love | 3 Wilson St An old house converted into a groovy bar with a buzzing vibe, playing 70’s and 80’s classics.
Hanoi Hannah | 180 High St | 9939 5181 Cheap Vietnamese food in a modern hip bar. We recommend the soft shell crab. Also check out their sister restaurant, Saigon Sally.
These are the places that you’ll find the friendly locals stopping in for a drink…
The Smith | 213 High St | 9514 2444 This stylish pub has a great beverage list with a nice grazing menu.
Back Bar | 67 Green St | 9529 7899 A side street bolthole serving elegant cocktails, some would call it a grown ups bar!
The Windsor Castle | 89 Albert St | 9525 0239 A little hike off Chapel St, but it’s worth the effort – a chilled out local’s watering hole with very good pub grub & a busy beer garden.
The Prahran Hotel | 82 High St | 9529 2168 A hotel with an elegant art deco style, cosy vibe & good food.
Kid Boston | 44 Chapel St | 9939 5256 Classic cocktails with a modern twist & an awesome short yet tasty American inspired menu.
Woods of Windsor | 108 Chapel St | 9521 1900 Warm dark timbers, vintage lighting & a seasonal modern menu with an extensive wine list.
Shopping & Entertainment!
Whilst Chapel St is well known for designer fashion, it’s the mix of independent local designer boutiques and eclectic second hand shops that can be a real treat to explore…
Chapel St Bazaar | 217 Chapel St | 9529 1727 A treasure trove of second hand gems, lots of stylish retro homewares & bric-a-brac bargains.
Tarlo & Graham | 60 Chapel St | 9521 2221 Unusual, exotic & collectable homewares & furniture… it’s a great shop to browse.
Lunar Store | 136 Greville Street | 9533 7668 Independent design store with quirky homewares and accessories.
Design A Space | 142 Chapel St | 9510 0144 A collaborative space for independent designers to sell their wares.
Salvos | 11-115 Chapel St | 9529 4542 Not your average Salvos store – great labels in a very Chapel St setting.
Astor Theatre | 1 Chapel St | 9510 1414 A classic old cinema that still screens double features most nights of the week, its faded elegance gives it a lovely homely feel.
Red Stitch Actor’s Theatre | 2 Chapel St | 9533 8083 An intimate theatre staging quality Australian & international plays; with an ensemble cast that is a blend of famous and up & coming actors.
And you’ll also be delighted by a whole swag of cool contemporary boutiques like Dansk, Shappere, Shag, Autonomy, Lunar Store, Olga De Polga & many more.
Getting To Chapel Street All trams take about 20 minutes and leave from Swanston St Tram 8 | To Toorak Rd | South Yarra Tram 72 | To Commercial Rd | Prahran Tram 6 | To High St | Windsor