Melbourne’s Prahran Neighborhood Guide

  • The charming courtyard of Isit Café.

    The charming courtyard of Isit Café.

  • Part clothing store and part gallery.

    Part clothing store and part gallery.

  • The wares at Design a Space.

    The wares at Design a Space.

  • Jewelry and knick knacks at Design a Space.

    Jewelry and knick knacks at Design a Space.

  • The exterior of The Cullen hotel.

    The exterior of The Cullen hotel.

  • An airy bedroom at The Cullen, an Art Series hotel.

    An airy bedroom at The Cullen, an Art Series hotel.

  • Adam Cullen's art decks the lobby and guest rooms.

    Adam Cullen's art decks the lobby and guest rooms.

  • Art objects at the Third Drawer Down.

    Art objects at the Third Drawer Down.

  • Contemporary art objects for sale at the Third Drawer Down.

    Contemporary art objects for sale at the Third Drawer Down.

  • Borsch, Vodka and Tears has 100 varietals of the tipple on offer.

    Borsch, Vodka and Tears has 100 varietals of the tipple on offer.

  • Isit's shakshuka, a North African dish of eggs baked in a tomato sauce.

    Isit's shakshuka, a North African dish of eggs baked in a tomato sauce.

  • The charming courtyard of the Isit Café.

    The charming courtyard of the Isit Café.

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Artisan coffee, hipster hangouts, and strutting sartorialists are all the norm in Melbourne’s Prahran

By Erika Mudie

Mornings in the Prahran neighborhood draw a crowd of coffee aficionados languidly sipping artisan brews in the area’s many cafes. Sartorialists strut along Chapel Street, stopping into the avenue’s eclectic vintage second-hand stores and chic boutiques. Evenings pull folk from all parts of Melbourne to enjoy the neighborhood’s varied ethnic cuisine, everything from French, Italian, and Turkish to Nepalese, Vietnamese, and Thai. The suburb also brims with art galleries, theaters, comedy clubs, and concert venues, like the Chapel Off Chapel and Revolver Upstairs, whose techno tunes draw hipster throngs. Heritage-listed facades harkening back to the Victorian and Edwardian eras are archetypal of Prahran’s main corridors, and away from Chapel Street, the urban sprawl gives way to gardens, parks, and charming terrace homes bedecked with cast-iron filigree depicting Australian flora.

Isit Café

The charming courtyard of the Isit Café.

The charming courtyard of the Isit Café.

coffeeBuilt in one of Prahran’s many Federation-style terrace homes, Isit “picks and cooks its way through the seasons” by offering seasonal produce from Melbourne’s surrounding farming regions. Its menus focus on the best ingredients each season has to offer—winter menus feature poached pear and walnuts with a pomegranate-topped coconut sago pudding while summer brings an apple, radish, and quinoa salad. Breakfast and lunch are full of perennial favorites like eggs benedict with braised ham hock and sliced steak sandwiches with tomatoes, caramelized onion, and relish. When the weather is warm, the fresh fare tastes best on the restaurant’s sunny patio or while people-watching from the intimate front courtyard, while colder months bring diners inside the newly renovated café, offering cozy respite with warm wooden floors and seating to match.

11 Izett St; 61-03/9533-2904; Isit Café

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