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By Concrete Playground
September 16, 2019
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By Concrete Playground
September 16, 2019
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The east enjoys a prime location in that sweet spot between the buzz of the inner city and the wide leafy streets of the suburbs.

But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a heap going on. There’s plenty to explore, from the the early art deco-style villages of Balwyn and Canterbury to the delicious eateries that make up Box Hill. And that’s not to mention the small bars and boutiques of Hawthorn and Camberwell.

In an effort to keep you shopping small and local, we have — with the help of American Express — sifted through the spots that should be on your eastern suburbs ‘shop small’ hit-list. This collection of great local businesses will make sure you’re always stocked up on boutique booze, lush candles and great shoes. Plus, each of them will kindly accept your American Express Card.

GETTING AROUND

To explore Kew or Belgrave North, the 48 tram will get you where you need to go, trundling along High Street and Doncaster Road. The 75 will take you through Hawthorn to Camberwell, and the 109 passes through Balwyn and Mont Albert on its way to Box Hill. The area is also serviced by the Belgrave and Lilydale lines.

DON’T MISS

The Camberwell Sunday Market was first held in 1976 and can’t be missed — make a day of it with a trip to the market, a hunt through the Camberwell Antique Centre on Cookson Street and sustenance from Coffee Max. While you’re in the area, make a stop at Evergrin Organics.

HIGH STREETS

Hawthorn East and Camberwell meet at the intersection of Burke, Camberwell and Riversdale roads, where more than 400 stores are waiting to be discovered. See also: Whitehorse Road in Balwyn, Maling Road in Canterbury, Hamilton Street in Mont Albert, Kew Junction and Hawthorn’s Glenferrie Road.

LOCALS LOVE

Box Hill is home to one of Melbourne’s biggest Chinese New Year celebrations, with the festivities attracting close to 80,000 people each year to Box Hill Mall and Whitehorse Road. If you miss Lunar New Year, the area’s many Chinese eateries are thankfully open all year round.

THE SHOPPING LISTS

Explore three of the eastern suburbs' thriving shopping precincts.

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Your Eastern Suburbs Hit List

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  • Food & Drink
    Hawthorn

    Lulo

    A late-night bar and grill serving up pretty great Colombian food and cocktails in Melbourne's east.

  • Food & Drink
    Hawthorn

    Gami Chicken & Beer Hawthorn

    The Hawthorn outpost of this popular Korean fried chicken joint is waiting for you.

  • Design & Style
    Kew

    Plumage Salon

    This Kew salon has a focus on ethical and natural products.

  • Design & Style
    Hawthorn

    Fox Maiden

    A boutique that is always stocked with the latest fashion.

  • Design & Style
    Hawthorn

    Blackbird and Fox

    Championing Australian-made products, this Hawthorn shop has an ever-evolving range of gifts, accessories, art and jewellery.

  • Arts & Entertainment
    Kew

    Tim's Bookshop

    This long-standing bricks-and-mortar shop is a favourite among residents of the eastern suburbs.

  • Design & Style
    Hawthorn

    Homing Instincts

    A go-to eastern suburbs stop for beautiful homewares and novelty gifts.

  • Food & Drink
    Hawthorn

    Hello Sailor

    A Hawthorn favourite where you can drink great coffee outside by the cafe's very own street art.

  • Design & Style
    Hawthorn

    The Woodsfolk

    This charming family-run gifts and homewares store stocks beautiful things by local and international designers.

  • Food & Drink
    Box Hill South

    Wallies Lollies

    A family-owned store that has been supplying the eastern suburbs with all kinds of sweets for more than 20 years.

  • Food & Drink
    Box Hill

    Ichi Ramen

    An old family recipe perfected over decades makes for delicious ramen at this Box Hill spot.

  • Arts & Entertainment
    Mont Albert North

    Discrepancy Records & Gallery

    Have a gander at more than 15,000 LPs, turntables, speakers and equipment.

  • Food & Drink
    Box Hill

    Second Wife

    This eastern suburbs cafe serves great coffee and healthy, vibrant meals.

  • Food & Drink
    Box Hill

    Katori

    This Box Hill restaurant, bar and grill is serving up traditional Japanese yakiniku.

  • Design & Style
    Surrey Hills

    Acorn Nursery

    Over the last 35 years, this Surrey Hills nursery has become a one-stop shop for garden supplies and gifts.

  • Food & Drink
    Box Hill South

    Wattle Park Green Grocer

    Say goodbye to the big supermarket chains and hello to a local grocer selling vegan, gluten free and low FODMAP specialty products.

  • Design & Style
    Canterbury

    Pepperberry Wares

    Look no further for beautiful, eclectic and well-designed gifts and homewares.

  • Arts & Entertainment
    Camberwell

    Sainsburys Books

    A Camberwell mainstay offering the best in new and second-hand art and design books.

  • Design & Style
    Canterbury

    Coco & Chloe

    This Canterbury boutique has recently reopened with a stylish new look.

  • Food & Drink
    Canterbury

    Xocolatl Artisan Chocolates & Cafe

    This Canterbury boutique specialises in innovative and eclectic artisan chocolate.

  • Arts & Entertainment
    Hawthorn East

    Music Junction Camberwell

    For more than 50 years, this Camberwell institution has been the go-to shop for all things instrumental.

  • Design & Style
    Hawthorn

    Peony Melbourne

    Auburn Village's destination shop for a carefully curated selection of artisanal scents.

  • Food & Drink
    Camberwell

    Camberwell South Cellars

    The team behind this local wine store are passionate about offering a great selection of wines from all over the world.

  • Food & Drink
    Canterbury

    Indulge Canterbury

    These purveyors of fine foods will help you put together the perfect gift hamper.

  • Design & Style
    Ashburton

    Kiss With Style

    Find the perfect gift or must-have designer item for your home at this refined Ashburton showroom.

  • Travel & Leisure
    Hawthorn East

    Bike Gallery

    This Hawthorn East shop pairs bikes and coffee — an avid cycler's dream.

  • Food & Drink
    Kew

    Mister Bianco

    An authentic Sicilian restaurant with a seasonal menu.

  • Food & Drink
    Box Hill

    NeNe Chicken

    This is the kind of KFC we can get on-board with.

  • Food & Drink
    Kew

    Flatiron Side Door

    This charming wine bar and garden is a home away from home for Kew locals.

  • Food & Drink
    Box Hill

    Shaanxi-Style Restaurant

    A bustling casual restaurant serving up the bold flavours and regional specialties of northwest China's Shaanxi province.

  • Food & Drink
    Box Hill

    The Penny Drop

    With modern food, great coffee and an all-day attitude, this cafe is bringing something different to the east.

  • Food & Drink
    Hawthorn

    Axil Coffee Roasters

    The quintessential ‘coffee barn’ for the city that lives and breathes caffeine.

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