The top things to do in South Yarra, Melbourne

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By Art Series Hotels
11th March 2019

The Olsen, South Yarra

Sightseeing in South Yarra

Looking to update your wardrobe? Searching for the best place for a happy hour cocktail? You’ll find some of the best shopping in Melbourne and best restaurants in Melbourne in South Yarra and its surrounding hotspots of Toorak and Prahran. Want to check out some of the top Melbourne attractions? There’s an endless array of things to do in Melbourne in these trendy neighbourhoods, including art galleries, gardens and more, so what are you waiting for? Start exploring!

Prahran Market

South Yarra and Melbourne Shopping

One of the top things to do in South Yarra is to shop. Visit Life with Bird or Glassons Chapel Street for your next Spring Racing Carnival outfit, find one-of-a-kind pieces at a second-hand vintage clothing shop or celebrate all things fashion during the annual Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF). Head to Greville Street for a plethora of unique boutiques, grab a vinyl from Greville Records or purchase a funky piece of art from a vibrant Melbourne art gallery.

Life with Bird, Chapel Street, South Yarra

South Yarra and Melbourne Art Galleries

Immerse yourself in culture with a visit to some of the top Melbourne art galleries, ideally located around the South Yarra area. Market Gallery showcases fine art and stunning sculptures in a contemporary space close to Prahran Market. Bromley and Co, located on Chapel Street, is a warehouse filled with David and Yuge Bromley’s incredible pieces along with some of their friend’s works. Set over two floors, Gould Galleries features contemporary art from over 90 Australian and international artists. Nellie Castan, a highly regarded Melbourne art scene figure, opened the Nellie Castan Gallery in 2000, somewhere for new contemporary artists as well as those who are well-established to showcase their masterpieces. For something a little on the larger scale, check out the National Gallery of Victoria or unleash your inner artist at the Linden New Art with painting classes, crafternoons and more.

National Gallery of Victoria

South Yarra Restaurants and Bars

After all that shopping, you’re bound to be a bit peckish. Book a table at Spoonbill South Yarra, inspired from John Olsen’s Mediterranean travels, stroll through Prahran Market for local produce and goodies, or discover the many South Yarra bars offering some of the best drinks for happy hour in Melbourne.

Spoonbill South Yarra

Things to do in South Yarra

Some of the best places to visit in Melbourne are situated in the South Yarra district. Cruise along the picturesque Yarra River, hop over to Herring Island, a tranquil haven in the heart of the city, or open your favourite book and relax at Fawkner Park, Albert Park Melbourne or the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. For a step back in time and a brush up on history, visit Como House and Garden, built in 1847, and The Stables of Como for indulgent high tea in the gardens.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

South Yarra accommodation

Set on Chapel Street, The Olsen is one of the best South Yarra hotels, blending sophisticated suites with the inspirational works of the charming John Olsen to create the ultimate city experience.

The Olsen, South Yarra

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