Like Fitzroy, Richmond has a proud working-class history. This background is still evident in the narrow, one-way streets, even if most of the small worker’s cottages have now been renovated and occupied by young professionals or wealthy downsizers.

The north end, along busy Victoria Street, is the last real holdout against gentrification. Known as Little Saigon, it’s been a destination for authentic, affordable Vietnamese cuisine for decades. For many residents, easy access to steaming bowls of pho and crispy banh xeo pancakes is one of the suburb’s biggest draws.

Another is proximity to the ‘G and other stadiums. Richmond is the place to be if you’re a footy or cricket fanatic. On game days, the area’s many pubs – another vestige of its working class history – are reliably filled with fans grabbing a few pints before the first bounce. One pub, the Corner Hotel, has been a live music venue since the 1940s and hosted names such as Mick Jagger, David Gilmour, the White Stripes, Ben Harper, Crowded House and Queens of the Stone Age.

Bridge Road was once a major retail destination, particularly for clothing. It bottomed out in August 2014 and has been slowly transforming into a dining destination since. Anchovy and Minamishima, two of the city’s best restaurants, call the strip home. On the more casual end, Swan Street hosts well-loved diners like Hanoi Hannah New Quarter and The Modern Eatery.

The south end of Church Street, close to the Yarra, is one of the better places in Melbourne to shop for furniture and homewares.




Northern Italian fare in a dimly lit osteria.

Piccolo Grand


Pizza, disco, parmas, prosecco. It's all in an Italian pub-within-a-pub.

Future Future


The food at this Japanese diner is far from traditional, but it's authentically simple.

1090 Burger


Grass-fed Angus beef and a top-secret marinade, served on brioche.

Thanh Ha 2


Known for two Vietnamese specialties: sizzling pancake and steamed rice paper rolls filled with minced pork and wood-ear mushrooms.

Eazy Peazy


The team behind Toji Sake delivers hibachi-grilled yakitori skewers, Wagyu with beef-fat butter, and crunchy tofu-skin duck gyoza alongside sake Margaritas and cold Japanese beer.




Japanese-inspired dishes in a modern space replete with marble tabletops and beige leather booths.

Feast of Merit


By dining here, you're helping people in the Third World get a feed of their own.

Hector’s Deli


A classic sandwich shop with elevated ingredients and credentials.

Laikon Deli


This Greek deli’s third-generation owner is serving contemporary takes on his mother’s recipes.

Tofu Shop International


Fresh bean curd turned into creative lunches since 1982.

Gontran Cherrier Richmond


The third outpost of the inventive French boulangerie is a testing ground as well as a bakery.


Union House


A big, relaxed pub by the team behind The Marquis of Lorne.

Corner Hotel


If you’re a live music fan in Melbourne you’ll have been there more than once already.

Brogan's Way Distillery


A gin specialist hidden in the back streets, with charcuterie and other snacks.

The Collection


A Cajun-inspired bar with a serious approach to booze.

The Ugly Duckling


A sophisticated wine bar that wants you to feel like you’re entertaining at home.

Fargo and Co.


A heritage Commonwealth Bank turned 200-seat double-level bar.


Nutrition Bar


Grab-and-go health food for the post-gym set.

Trophy Wife Nail Art


Creative nail art in Richmond.

Bertie's Butcher


A butcher and cafe where provenance means everything.

Mark Douglass Design


Master glassmaker Mark Douglass' elegant retail space in Richmond.

Global Vintage Collective


Rummage through Californian vintage in Richmond.

Jardan Flagship


This local and environmentally conscious furniture company has a flagship store in Richmond you’ll wish you could live in.