Like Fitzroy, Richmond has a proud working-class history. This background is still evident in the narrow, one-way streets, even if most of the small worker’s cottages have now been renovated and occupied by young professionals or wealthy downsizers.

The north end, along busy Victoria Street, is the last real holdout against gentrification. Known as Little Saigon, it’s been a destination for authentic, affordable Vietnamese cuisine for decades. For many residents, easy access to steaming bowls of pho and crispy banh xeo pancakes is one of the suburb’s biggest draws.

Another is proximity to the ‘G and other stadiums. Richmond is the place to be if you’re a footy or cricket fanatic. On game days, the area’s many pubs – another vestige of its working class history – are reliably filled with fans grabbing a few pints before the first bounce. One pub, the Corner Hotel, has been a live music venue since the 1940s and hosted names such as Mick Jagger, David Gilmour, the White Stripes, Ben Harper, Crowded House and Queens of the Stone Age.

Bridge Road was once a major retail destination, particularly for clothing. It bottomed out in August 2014 and has been slowly transforming into a dining destination since. Anchovy and Minamishima, two of the city’s best restaurants, call the strip home. There’s also plenty of action on Swan Street in the form of fast-casual chains such as Belles Hot Chicken and Benny Burger.

The south end of Church Street, close to the Yarra, is one of the better places in Melbourne to shop for furniture and homewares.

Restaurants

Jamu

Restaurant

This all-day spot serves contemporary Asian-Australian cuisine in a sleek Richmond setting.

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Fonda Mexican

Restaurant

Fonda takes a relaxed approach to Mexican street food

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Prince Alfred Hotel Richmond

Restaurant

A Richmond institution with classic pub food and a large open beer garden.

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Minamishima

Restaurant

Sushi at a supremely exquisite level.

Future Future

Restaurant

The food at this Japanese diner is far from traditional, but it's authentically simple.

Baby

Restaurant

The sister restaurant to Chin Chin and Kong is all about pizza.

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Cafes

Gontran Cherrier Richmond

Cafe

The third outpost of the inventive French boulangerie is a testing ground as well as a bakery.

Holla Coffee Roasters

Cafe

A relaxed cafe, bar and grill open every day of the week, serving booze at whatever time you’re ready for it.

Maker Coffee

Cafe

At this “cellar door” for coffee you can taste up to five single-origin brews in a single visit.

Laikon Deli

Cafe

This Greek deli’s third-generation owner is serving contemporary takes on his mother’s recipes.

Top Paddock

Cafe

A local landmark from Melbourne cafe royalty.

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Rowena Parade Corner Store

Cafe

Providing the Richmond community with their daily newspaper, milk and bread since 1956.

Bars

Brogan's Way Distillery

Bar

A gin specialist hidden in the back streets, with charcuterie and other snacks.

The Collection

Bar

A Cajun-inspired bar with a serious approach to booze.

Union House

Bar

A big, relaxed pub by the team behind The Marquis of Lorne.

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The Ugly Duckling

Bar

A sophisticated wine bar that wants you to feel like you’re entertaining at home.

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Fargo and Co.

Bar

A heritage Commonwealth Bank turned 200-seat double-level bar.

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Royal Saxon

Bar

A versatile, multi-leveled bar and a dining space.

Shops

Trophy Wife Nail Art

Shop

Creative nail art in Richmond.

Bertie's Butcher

Shop

A butcher and cafe where provenance means everything.

Mark Douglass Design

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Master glassmaker Mark Douglass' elegant retail space in Richmond.

Global Vintage Collective

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Rummage through Californian vintage in Richmond.

Jardan Flagship

Shop

This local and environmentally conscious furniture company has a flagship store in Richmond you’ll wish you could live in.

Atlas Vinifera

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A wine bar and bottle shop, with 350 wines from around the world.