Pick of the Precinct | Kew

By Iro Kotsimbos
20th Mar 2015

In our humble opinion, the leafy suburb of Kew has really stepped up its game. The once sleepy streets are now full of some of Melbourne’s best cafes, brilliant restaurants, shopping hotspots, and much more—perfect for a mid-week wander or weekend outing! With so much to eat, see, and do, we took a trip to this gem of a neighbourhood to bring you the very best of Kew. 


Eating & Drinking

Lil Boy Blue

Located on bustling High Street, Lil Boy Blue is a fun and friendly café dishing up some of the best breakfast in Melbourne. After a recent menu shake up, Lil Boy Blue are back serving scrummy dishes such as poached and crumbed eggs with bacon, grilled toast with mascarpone, honey and caramelised peaches, and soft tacos with ham and fried egg. Visiting for lunch? Lil Boy Blue have some delicious risotto and linguine dishes, along with sharing plates, meats, and seafood come dinnertime.  

Hellenic Republic

Hands up if you’re a fan of Greek food? If, like us, you’re obsessed with eating your way through the best Greek restaurants in Melbourne, make sure you stop by the Kew outpost of Hellenic Republic. Led by chefs George Calombaris and Travis McAuley, Hellenic Republic is famous for hearty dishes such as slow roasted lamb shoulder and king prawns with caramelised butter, served in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. Make sure you stop by Sweet Hellenic next door to pick up some sweets on your way home!


George Calombaris must really love Kew (who can blame him?!), considering he recently opened Mastic, a brilliant addition to Melbourne’s clean-eating café scene! It’s all about fresh, healthy, nutritious food at Mastic; think superfood smoothies, granolas, salads and more. Stop by for your brekkie fix or pick-up a healthy Mastic lunchbox to take to work.

Ora Specialty Coffee

Responsible for some of the best coffee in Melbourne, Kew café, Ora, also serves up breakfasts with serious wow-factor. Spice tiffin egg with Bombay hash, kasundi and cashew crumb? Don’t mind if I do! Located on Pakington Street, Ora is the perfect spot for a long, lazy Melbourne breakfast but you’d better get in early, especially on weekends, because Ora fills up pretty darn quick!

Adeney Milk Bar

Take a walk through the quiet streets of Kew and you’ll find Adeney Milk Bar, a relatively new Melbourne café that was once a neighbourhood corner store. Brother-sister duo James and Cat Laskie have transformed the space into a cosy café with crowd-pleasing treats such as ham and cheese toasties, salmon and cream cheese bagels, salads and more. Adeney Milk Bar hasn’t forgetten its history though; you can still buy retro sweets such as chocolate freckles and lolly bags.


Located at the far north end of Glenferrie Road, Cru is a must-visit café and wine bar. The Kew hotspot is the go-to café for many a local with the egg and bacon roll—served with tasty cheese and relish—considered legendary! It’s not all about brekkie and lunch though; from Wednesday through Saturday, Cru stays open late for wine, share plates, and delicious charcuterie platters.



Oscar & Wild

Any fashionista who’s worth her J Brands needs to take a trip to Oscar & Wild in Kew ASAP! The shopping hotspot stocks the hottest local and international brands including Ginger & Smart, Vanishing Elephant, By Malene Birger, J Brand and Paige Denim. You can also shop from Oscar & Wild’s homewares and gift selection, making it very hard to resist walking out without a bag or two.

Bingo Betty

If you fall on the quirkier side of the fashion spectrum, you’ll love Bingo Betty! Located on bustling High Street, Bingo Betty is a hive of bright colours, bold prints, and statement pieces. Lego print sweater? Shirts with cats peeking out of the pocket? Tropical print dresses? Yep, you’ll find these pieces and more at Bingo Betty. A must-visit in Kew!

Tim's Bookshop

From cute children’s tales to historical tomes, Tim’s Bookshop is a treasure trove of brilliant books. It’s hard to walk past this local Kew stalwart without stopping for a browse through the latest releases—you’re guaranteed to walk out with a few new things to read come bedtime!

Dandelion Floral and Foliage Design

Walking into Dandelion Floral and Foliage Design is like stepping into flower heaven—a sea of beautiful blooms in every size, shape and colour! From flowers for the home, to gifts for that special someone, a visit to this Kew florist is a must.

Leo’s Fine Food & Wine

Foodies of Melbourne, you’re going to love Leo’s Fine Food & Wine in Kew! The gourmet grocer is pretty much foodie heaven, with plenty of fruits, vegies, cheeses, meats and more guaranteed to make your tummy rumble. Trust us, you’ll walk in aiming to pick up just one or two things, and walk out with half the shop!

From shopping up a storm to eating and drinking your way through the week, there’s so much to see, eat and do in Kew! 

Image Credit: Lil Boy Blue—Simon Shiff, Hellenic RepublicFacebook, Mastic—Simon Shiff, Oscar & WildFacebook and Dandelion Floral and Foliage DesignFacebook

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