Richmond has had its ups and downs over the past few decades, but it’s never really lost relevance. Led by the venerable Corner Hotel, the pub scene is one of Melbourne’s best and has been since the suburb’s working-class days. It really comes into its own on game days at the ‘G.
Apart from Victoria Street and its masses of Vietnamese restaurants, dining has been less reliable. That’s changing, though. Church and Swan Streets are heating up, and Bridge Road is making a comeback after several years in retail limbo. Here’s the best new spots to eat, plus several old favourites.