This gem of the West may only be 10km out of the CBD, but Yarraville has the friendly, communal vibe of your favourite country town. With a bakery or cafe located in every second shop, Yarraville beckons you to indulge in its cosy corners, great coffee, and sweet treats. But it’s not all about cafe-hopping, they’ve got some excellent bars to boot, and a smattering of well-stocked bookshops and boutique grocers. Without further ado, here is our pick of Yarraville’s greatest treasures.
An absolute must for those looking to break the fast in style. The light-filled Yarraville cafe is always bustling, but once you’ve cemented yourself in the perfect people-watching position at Cornershop, you’re unlikely to want to go anywhere fast. Their baked eggs are available all day, so whatever time you arrive, give them a go.
Bax Food Co
If you’re looking for a little Caribbean culture on the westside, look no further than Bax Food Co. The Jamaican street food, otherwise known as ‘box food’, features heavily here, including dishes such as Jamaican Jerk chicken, smoky BBQ pork ribs, goat curry, and Escovitch whole baby snapper.
Heal.Thy Self Co.
If buzzwords such as plant-based, free range, organic, fair trade, ethical and sustainable get your juices going, then you should pop in to Heal.Thy Self. Co for a smoothie, among other things. The tropically decorated Yarraville cafe is all about maximising nutrition and clean eating, so do your body a favour and drop by.
Dig A Pony
The fantastic folk at Dig A Pony have been giving Yarravillians (is that the correct term?) relaxed fine dining since 2009, and show no signs of slowing down. Full of old world charm, the bar gives you the opportunity to try everything from locally produced craft beers to internationally renowned wines. The food is a modern take on European classics, so arrive hungry.
If you’re not so familiar with the Yarraville area and want something recognisable and reliable, you can’t really go past Yo Chi. Their low fat, natural and organic fro-yo, and innovative range of flavours, make it our go-to when fro-yo cravings strike.
Cobb Lane Bakery
Cake king Matt Forbes is at the helm of Cobb Lane, serving up British-influenced dishes along with specialty coffee and teas. They’re particularly well known for their artisan breads, cakes, pastries and devilish doughnuts. If this all sound too delicious and you can’t make it to Yarraville, don’t fret—his baked treats are available at a range of Melbourne’s best cafes throughout the city. Honestly though, it’s always best to head to the source.
This health-focused cafe is considerably away from the main action of Yarraville’s bustling hub, which gives it the perfect opportunity to stand out. Think kombucha on tap, Axil coffee, breakfast classics with a healthy twist, and a fireplace to keep you cosy during the winter months. Giddyup Mule is part of the Art of Cycling building, so those looking for a post-brekkie workout, or a post-workout brekkie, have come to the right place.
Fun and funky—just the way we like it. Southern American style food is the go here, with the usual suspects of po’ boys, gumbo and tacos all yours for the taking. Feedback also have a small selection of records you can peruse as you wait for your coffee, and even purchase if you stumble across some gold.
A delicatessen located in an old barbers shop, named after a beloved family pet—if that’s not an intriguing introduction, we don’t know what is. At Barkley Johnson, they specialise in delicious cheese and meats, and their platters are certainly plentiful. Did we mention the wine? Better get down there and suss it for yourself.
Acqua E Vino
Sneak upstairs off the main drag and enter Acqua E Vino like it was some long-gone speakeasy. The Yarraville bar focuses on tapas dishes to share and the drinks list features wine (obvi), but also includes some clever cocktails and no shortage of beers. There’s also live music four nights a week, so if you feel like a side of tunes with your wine, check it out.
Two Birds Brewing
A stone's thow from Yarraville, in Spotswood, Two Birds Brewing is a fantastic craft brewery that makes some of the best beer in Melbourne. With delicious burgers made in-house and fresh brews on tap, it's a cracking venue for a pot or two with friends.
SHOP & DO
This is an absolute must if you find yourself in this part of town. The adorable art deco theatre is not only gorgeous to look at, but super comfortable to view films in—some of the seats are covered in suede upholstery and come with a little coffee table, but you need to book ahead for these ones. One thing they are not at The Sun is snobby; films on offer include everything from Hollywood blockbusters to independent releases.
Sun Theatre Bookstore
Attached to the theatre is The Sun bookstore, which is easy to navigate and stocked with great modern reads. They even attach reviews of new releases, and have a section on books related to films that are currently screening. Talk about convenient.
On the second Saturday of each month at Masonic Hall, the artisan market stocks treasures that are handmade in Australia. Think skincare, knitting and crochet, jewellery, candles and more. There is also the Yarraville Gardens Famers Market on the third Sunday of every month for those looking for fresh produce to make their own foodie creations.
Yarraville Village Old Style Butcher
For our carnivorous pals, there’s the Old Style Butcher on Anderson Street to help you gather the goods. They’re all about providing the highest quality meat available, including Free Range Otway pork, La Ionica Hormone and Chemical Free chicken, as well as grass fed lamb and beef. If you time it right, you might even get to partake in the sausage sizzle going out front.
The Village Store
If you’re looking to source natural, healthy food products, The Village Store in Yarraville is where you need to head. Even the most dedicated paleo dieters can locate all they need here, as their range of products is both extensive and inclusive. It’s also open seven days a week.
Plump Organic Grocery
If you wander off the main strip down to Ballarat Street, you’ll quickly come across Plump, a haven for certified organic and biodynamic fresh produce and groceries. Conveniently located right next door to Heal.Thy Self Co, your insides will thank you for wandering off the main street.
If you happen to be lucky enough to be moving into this neighbourhood and need to deck out your abode, head straight to Niche Interiors. Not only do they offer specialty furniture, lighting, rugs, and wallpapers, but they also do interior design consulting if you’re looking to overhaul your house.
Image Credits: Heal.Thy Self Co - Sabine Legrand, Yo-Chi - Jacqui Wilkins, Giddyup Mule - Justin Mclean. All taken for The Urban List.