Like neighbouring South Yarra, Prahran seems to move at two speeds.

By day, pedestrian-friendly Greville Street and the adjoining Grattan Gardens have a cloistered, village-like feel that only Yarraville can match. Residents take their time over coffee or grocery shopping at Prahran Market and there are relatively few offices to bump up the pace.

The eastern end is even quieter. Beyond Williams Road, the streets are lined with well-maintained weatherboard cottages; Victorian and Edwardian terrace houses; and substantial parks such as Victoria Gardens and Orrong Reserve.

On weeknights, pubs such as the Mount Erica, College Lawn and Flying Duck draw a civilised crowd for dinner. On busier Chapel Street, fixtures such as Electric Ladyland attract a younger, rowdier demographic.

This slight party atmosphere gets turned up to 11 on weekends. Apart from the CBD itself, Prahran has more nightclubs than anywhere else in the city. Chief among them are One Six One with its flashing disco dance floor, and of course, Revolver, Melbourne’s most notorious club. Between midday Friday and 5am Monday, it only shuts for five hours. Visit the downstairs fruit shop mid-morning and you’ll be joined by at least a few pale, disoriented-looking clubbers who’ve left in search of an energising banana.

Restaurants

The Smith

Restaurant

A lively restaurant and bar in Prahran.

Lomah

Restaurant

This casual offshoot of Charlie Carrington's acclaimed restaurant Atlas Dining focuses on healthy Mediterranean street food.

David's

Restaurant

Award-winning country-style Shanghai fare.

Mount Erica Hotel

Restaurant

Parmas and pints alongside loftier bistro fare.

Angus & Bon

Restaurant

A rock‘n’roll steakhouse serving dry-aged Wagyu and bottomless Bloody Marys.

Ladro Tap

Restaurant

From the north to the south, still consistently some of the best pizza in town.

Cafes

Market Lane Coffee Prahran Market

Cafe

A cafe and roasting operation with a strong focus on education.

Maker & Monger

Cafe

A cheese-centric spot at Prahran Market by an expert in fromage.

Grand Lafayette

Cafe

A colourful all-day Japanese diner with an all-you-can-eat menu.

St Edmonds

Cafe

This converted garage has been a reliable stop for coffee and food since 2011 and currently counts Au79, Liar Liar and Sir Charles as siblings.

The Organic Food and Wine Deli Prahran

Cafe

100 per cent organic, with plenty to offer meat eaters.

Club Social

Cafe

Look for the neon, fried egg on High Street and step in for interesting dishes like breakfast black-rice nasi goreng.

Bars

Casa Nom

Bar

This South American bar and diner will have you drinking mezcal and pisco; and eating Argentinian chorizo sandwiches, vegan empanadas and taco fries.

The Alps

Bar

A wine bar where honestly expressed terroir is more important than anything else.

Promise Bar

Bar

A tiny cocktail hideout where there's no menu - just a card to specify your preferences; the bartenders do the rest.

Pawn & Co.

Bar

At this steampunk bar there’s a “buy, sell, loan, dance” vibe.

Silverlake Social

Bar

An American-themed bar serving craft beer, ribs, hot dogs and cocktails.

Rufus

Bar

A Winston Churchill–inspired bar by the owner of Milk the Cow.

Shops

Shelley Panton

Shop

Handcrafted ceramics, plants and other homewares.

Torsa

Shop

Torsa stocks exclusive and one-off, wearable and classic pieces designed by a range of international labels.

fenton&fenton

Shop

Fenton&Fenton; presents an eclectic collection of homewares and lifestyle products sources from overseas and closer to its Prahran location.

One Point Seven Four

Shop

This is truly eyewear as an art-form.

Wootten

Shop

Continuing an age old craft.

Licorice Pie Records

Shop

A music-lover's haven stocking all sorts of records.