Don your finest clobber and go hang out with Melbourne’s most beautiful people. Both Chapel and Greville Streets have long had a reputation for being the city’s premier style strips, and they’re where the rich and fashion-conscious burn their money. Designer labels go hand in hand with fancy bistros and on weekends the streets overflow as cafes compete with boutiques for passing trade.
Historically, shopping and trade is built right into Chapel Street – the stretch between Dandenong and Toorak Roads was a bustling haven for business by butchers, bricklayers, chemists, carpenters, bakers and tradesmen of all description.
“Hopping the No. 79 Tram down Chapel, stopping along the way for bargain hunting and coffee, is a day well spent. And has anyone ever had a bad coffee in Melbourne? Not me. Not yet.”
– Greg Barton
Named for the first church established in the suburb of Prahran, nowadays Chapel Street is bereft of houses of worship; the last surviving, a Baptist chapel, has become a well-frequented Bridie O’Reilly’s Irish pub.
Did you know?
Over 1000 shops make up the Chapel Street precinct alone, which stretches for more than four kays – a solid two kilometres of which is pure retail heaven.
How to get there
There are frequent daily flights to Melbourne from all major cities in Australia.
To get to Chapel Street, catch a tram from Swanston Walk in the City, or a train from Flinders Street Station or stations on the City Loop.
Best time to go
Extensive visitor information on the Chapel Street precinct
Website for public transport in metropolitan Melbourne
Website of the City of Melbourne
** This is our original 100 Things to Do Before You Die. First published in 1996. There is an updated 100 Things To Do In Australia Before you die, published in 2011.