South Melbourne, like so much of the inner city, is constantly evolving. These days, the suburb’s historic Victorian terraces sit alongside modern developments while its centrepiece – the South Melbourne Market – continues to cater for the surrounding suburbs. If you’re yet to fully explore the suburb (or just need a refresh), here are a few of our favourite places to see, eat and shop at in South Melbourne and the Domain Precinct.

See: Plume Gallery
There are actually two other Plume Gallery locations, in Armadale and Lorne, but the South Melbourne location feels like home. Visit to find artist and gallery owner Katrina McKeon’s studio space alongside a comprehensive collection of contemporary Aboriginal art by artists like Beatrice Gibson and Bessie Pitjara. Resident artists are always happy to take commissions, should you feel inspired, while the colourful gallery is also available to hire as an event space for your next function.

Eat: The Kettle Black
The Kettle Black’s Instagram feed is a great indication of the stunning dishes the Albert Road terrace house eatery has in store for you. Start your journey with the blueberry and ricotta hotcakes and then move through the beef brisket burger with chardonnay mustard and/or the yuzu black ocean trout with fennel slaw. During the day, KB is a lively café but at night it transforms into an event space that can seat 150 if needed. On the second floor, there’s a private dining room set aside for 12 guests which hosts a communal table and marble fireplace.

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Eat: Köy at South Melbourne Market
For South Melbourne locals, the name Köy is synonymous with gozleme, those golden Turkish flatbreads stuffed with cheese, minced meat and other moreish fillings. At this long-time staple of the South Melbourne Market, you’ll be able to order four flavours - Cheese & Spinach, Mushroom & Veg, Minced Meat or Herbed Chicken. All made to order.

Eat: Bacash
Seafood dishes overlooking the Royal Botanical Gardens? Sounds like an ideal combo. Michael Bacash and Fiona Perkins's seafood restaurant on Domain Rd has been setting the standard for years. Their expert passion for ocean caught food is plain to see on their menu with Pacific oysters, Lebanese-style snapper and Tasmanian garfish fillets just scratching the surface. Save room for the raspberry souffle or the pavlova with lime mascarpone cream and you’ll easily have a slew of new favourites.

Shop: Interior Secrets
The titular secret, it turns out, is designer furniture that comes at a reasonable price. With a muted colour palette and some vintage-inspired style (expect plenty of mid-century curves and pale timbers), Interior Secrets hits the sweet spot of contemporary furniture that should last through decades of changing taste. Browse through classic lounge suites, credenzas with futuristic curves and rounded armchairs that could form the centrepiece of any home.

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This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Time & Place. Looking to explore more of South Melbourne and make it your new home? You can start off by exploring residential opportunities in the heart of South Melbourne like Middleton Lane.