Possessing that elusive mix of grunge and glamour, Prahran is very much neighbouring South Yarra’s edgier younger sibling. Not only does it look the part, it delivers big on entertainment value. Packed to the brim with buzzing cafés, bars, restaurants and clubs, there’s no place for boredom in this vibrant inner-city community.
Whether it’s catching a show at an independent theatre, clubbing until the early hours (or all hours if you so desire), or drinking and dining at one of the city’s hottest new venues, when it comes to revelry Prahran certainly doesn’t disappoint. This lively neighbourhood has the character and the stamina to keep you busy from day to night, to day again.
But rest assured it’s not all about debauchery. Prahran also offers a sophisticated dining scene and leafy residential backstreets. Between the shopping mecca of Chapel Street and the low-key cool of Greville Street with its record stores and boutiques, friendly Prahran still manages to possess a village-like feel. The shopping is first-rate, and vintage fans can look to the delightful Chapel Street Bazaar where they’re likely to unearth a treasure or two amongst the store’s baroque spoils. While chic cafés are plentiful the numerous design studios and art galleries are a nod to the area’s creative past. Iconic Prahran Market further cements the neighbourhood’s reputation as one of Melbourne’s premier foodie destinations.
Close to the city, not too far from the beach and well connected to public transport, Prahran is the perfect spot for those who love to feel like they’re in the thick of things.
Less opulent than its glittering neighbours, the rental scene in Prahran is alive and kicking. Young professionals come in droves and queue to inhabit the area’s many apartment complexes and charming Victorian and Edwardian terraces – just as they queue for brunch in the area’s many charming cafés. The demand for housing is so great that new blocks of designer apartments seem to pop up overnight. The South Yarra edge of Prahran is a more luxurious affair, with stately homes, mansions and impressive Art Deco apartments. As is befitting of the area’s longstanding popularity, it’s not easy finding a patch of Prahran to call your own.
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