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

Uminono

Restaurant

Inside a Prahran cafe, this tiny bar devoted to chirashi seats just 12 diners a day (and books out fast). But you can try still try its beautifully presented sushi by pre-ordering a takeaway box.

Colonel Tan's

Restaurant

Thai meets American diner and bar at Revolver.

Entrecote Prahran

Restaurant

After seven years in South Yarra, this well-loved brasserie found a new home in Prahran. Alongside the restaurant’s signature dishes, you’ll find a roving caviar trolley, a raw seafood bar, a late-night supper menu and French-inspired cocktails from the brain behind Romeo Lane.

Mount Erica Hotel

Restaurant

Schnitzels and pints alongside loftier bistro fare.

David’s

Restaurant

Award-winning country-style Shanghai fare.

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Yoku Ono Ramen + Sake

Restaurant

There's an extensive ramen menu at this bar and diner from the man behind Wabi Sabi Salon and Neko Neko, alongside a range of other classic Japanese dishes. Plus, there are plenty of sake-based cocktails and a tight line-up of rare whiskies.

Cafes

Maker & Monger

Cafe

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

Market Lane Coffee Prahran Market

Cafe

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

Morning Market Prahran

Cafe

A second permanent outpost for prolific restaurateur Andrew McConnell's Covid success story. Enter the sunny flower-filled grocer for chicken Waldorf ciabattas, salmon melts and jaffa-flavoured cakes. Plus, Baker Bleu loaves, fruit and veg, and fancy pantry staples.

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.

Bars

Promise Bar

Bar

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

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.

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

Bistro Morgan Bakehouse

Shop

This bakery made its name with doughnuts, but now sells a full range of goods, from sourdough to croissants.

Fenton & Fenton

Shop

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

The Panton Store

Shop

Handcrafted ceramics, plants and other homewares.

Plant Space

Shop

Need some greenery for home, and some beautiful pots to put it in? This is your place.

Torsa

Shop

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

One Point Seven Four

Shop

This is truly eyewear as an art-form.