Malvern East is a rare offering—a neighbourhood that feels at once historical and modern, secluded yet connected. Nestled by sprawling parks and gardens, its streets lined with magnificent trees and heritage houses, the area provides wellbeing, respite and connection to nature; and yet it’s only a stone’s throw from the amenities and everyday luxuries that have come to define modern living.
Relish the quiet on a walk among the neighbourhood’s tree-lined streets or settle in for a picnic by the lake at Hedgeley Dene Gardens. Invigorate the body and mind with some tennis at Ardrie Park, some spirited laps around Central Park, or a swim at the renowned Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre.
But there’s so much more to this neighbourhood. Malvern East Village plays host to a range of small businesses long appreciated by the local community. Mornings are well spent at Juliette Coffee & Bread—settle in for an espresso and a baguette or take your coffee with you on a morning stroll. For those who love to cook and host, Green Onions Organic Grocer offers fresh, well sourced produce of the highest quality. Stop by Riserva wine bar on your way home and they’ll be pleased to pair the perfect wine to match your meal.
To capture the natural beauty and sophistication of Malvern East, acclaimed Melbourne photographer Annika Kafcaloudis took a stroll through Malvern East’s cherished parks and gardens, then visited some of the neighbourhood’s most loved cafes, restaurants and wine bars.
Neighbouring suburbs Armadale, Hawthorn and Malvern proper offer plenty too. High Street and Glenferrie Road—both lauded Melbourne retail precincts for retail and dining—are just a stone’s throw from The Grange. While it’s easy to reach these destinations by tram, train or car, the most enjoyable means of approach is on foot via the relaxed, leafy side streets.
With many of the area’s enduring buildings and sprawling parklands dating back as far as the 1860’s, Malvern East is steeped in history. Heritage is an integral part of the neighbourhood’s character—and to this day the historic amenities and parklands remain at the heart of Malvern East’s thriving community.