Sheridan Wright ventures to Melbourne’s east, around Richmond and Camberwell, where they do things their own way, not bowing down to flash-in-the-pan trends.

The east side of Melbourne is the quiet achiever. Playing Switzerland in the north-south debate, they are perfectly happy to do their own thing. Thumbing its nose to flash in the pan trends or hipster tendencies, this side of the city simply keeps things clean and simple and gets things done without always having to be ‘cool’.

If you can, plan a visit to the east on a Sunday. Jump on a train from Flinders Street Station (the Lilydale line) to Camberwell for the Camberwell Markets. A gold coin donation will get you access to a wonderland of second-hand and handcrafted treasures, food stalls and buskers.

Grab something to eat at nearby He Says She Says (1101 Toorak Road, Camberwell). The breakfast menu runs till 4pm so you can treat yourself to post-market bircher muesli with pomegranate even if you lose track of time.

Jump on the same train back towards the city but jump off at Richmond Station. Walking up to Church Street and turning left you’ll soon be at nearby Bridge Road. Whilst not a new thing, it is still the place to go for factory seconds from brands like Portmans, Country Road, Ed Harry and Siricco.

The Bendon Outlet is motivation alone, if only to rid yourself of all ‘wash day’ underwear. Not to mention the beautiful furniture and homeware stores aplenty if you turn right onto Bridge instead of left.

With Bridge Road conquered, head back up Church Street (brace yourself for the hike over the hill, it’s more challenging this way) and onto Swan Street.

Depending on how long you’ve been shopping for, either park yourself and your purchases at the brand new version of the Meatball & Wine Co. (105 Swan Street, Richmond) for a glass of wine, and some cured meats (or meatballs, of course)

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Or jump on the number 70 tram over Church Street to Mexican cantina, Chingon (413 Swan Street, Richmond). Sit and wonder at the beaming copper taco truck in the courtyard or enjoy the open air of the roof deck. It’s BYO so bring your own bottle of wine and order at will, it’s fresher and faster than a spaghetti western shoot-out.

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