Things To Do

Here’s Everything You Need To Eat, See And Do In Richmond

By Sophie Oddo
22nd Apr 2021

Located a stone’s throw from Melbourne CBD, Richmond is one of Melbourne’s most lively suburbs, showcasing an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, retail and perhaps most importantly, Melbourne’s Sports and Entertainment precinct. 

There’s plenty to love about this thriving and diverse pocket of Melbourne—so we’ve teamed up with Melbourne Storm to serve up all the best things to eat, see and do in Richmond (along with a few establishments from their little sister suburb Cremorne).

What To Do

Catch A Live Music Gig At The Corner Hotel

The Corner Hotel, a short stagger from Richmond Station, is one of Melbourne's most popular live music haunts. The Corner has been serving up some of the city's coolest gigs for over 15 years, with the sticky-floored gig venue downstairs and a great big roof terrace up top. Whether it's Aussie brother duo Lime Cordiale, the smooth soul voice of Leon Bridges or CHVRCHES, The Corner serves up all kinds of tunes and draws in an eclectic crowd of live music lovers.

Watch The Melbourne Storm At Aami Park

A live sporting event is a must when heading into the 3121, and we can’t go past a Melbourne Storm game at AAMI Park. Don your purple colours and get ready for an electric atmosphere filled with passionate, cheering fans and some epic sporting entertainment. Whether you consider yourself a footy fan or not, these games are bound to get you up out of your seat and you can always sandwich your night with some of Richmond’s finest food and drink.

Pick Up A Plant Baby Glasshaus Inside

Located in a converted warehouse on Cremorne Street, Glasshaus is an award-winning nursery laden with stunning plants and glossy green foliage. The space is so beautiful in fact, it is a widely popular venue for engagement parties, ceremonies and receptions. While you might not be on the lookout for a venue, one of the many helpful staff will certainly be able to help you in selecting a beautiful plant to gift to someone special or to liven up any home or workspace.

Indulge In A Treatment At Little Company

If you’re on the hunt for some indulgence, Little Company is the perfect retreat for a little TLC. Tucked away in the back streets of Richmond, this slice of heaven will have you feeling instantly relaxed as soon as you walk through the door. Book in for one of their boujee facials and get ready to leave with nourished, glowing skin.

Where To Eat

T&L Bakery

This is one hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese eatery you don’t want to underestimate. These guys serve up Melbourne’s most incredible Banh Mi (controversial, we know). Serving up everything from Vietnamese street food to noodle salads and even a vegan-friendly menu, this place is a certified all-rounder. Just try not to drool when the cleaver begins to crunch up your pork crackle.

Hector’s Deli

Introducing the king of all sandwiches. If you’re thinking ‘but how good can a sandwich really be?’, you’ve certainly never treated yourself to a Hector’s Deli sanga. With a focus on classic flavour combinations that taste amazing, their menu is refined to just six mind-blowing choices (our personal favourite is beef and pickles). Order one of these bad boys, pull up a crate and enjoy the deliciousness that is Hector’s Deli.

Riché 3121

There are loads of top-notch brunch options in Richmond, but if you’re looking for something completely different and equally delicious, Riché 3121 is your guy. Located on bustling Bridge Road, their menu boasts strong Thai and Chinese influence, creating a unique twist on classics you know and love. Everything from the decor, to food presentation and service, is top-notch. A must-visit for brekky.

Ms Frankie

It would be criminal not to pay ode to the many epic Italian restaurants floating around Richmond, and Ms Frankie is one to be savoured. Here, ‘blood is thicker than sugo’, with parents of Ms Frankie’s co-founder Melinda having migrated to Australia from Calabria in 1976, bringing with her a lifetime of family recipes and traditions. Beware, the menu is overwhelmingly delicious. 

Hanoi Hannah New Quarter

An icon amongst Swan Street is Hanoi Hannah New Quarter. This Vietnamese-inspired diner opened back in 2018 but has since had a complete overhaul of its offering. Prepare your tastebuds for delicious treats like banh mi ‘fingers’ and beef tartare while for main you can get stuck into heartier dishes like grilled shorts ribs and barramundi fillet. The menu is designed to share, so make sure to pick and choose a good selection of small, medium and large plates.

Baby Pizza

We know we’ve already mentioned one Italian Restaurant, but Baby Pizza is simply too good not to make the cut. This industrial-chic bistro serves up all the flavour and fun of Italian dining with an easygoing Australian style, making it one of Richmond’s ultimate foodie spots. These guys nail the classic neighbourhood feel and you’re never going to leave here feeling unsatisfied. It’s a resounding yes from us. 

Where To Drink

Public House

Having recently undergone a huge reno, Public House is the creme de la creme when it comes to rooftop dranks, with their outdoor areas, lofty dancefloors and introducing a two-tiered rooftop. With both of the rooftops showing off with sweeping views of Richmond, the MCG and Melbourne skyline, alfresco drinks here is nothing short of *chef’s kiss*.

The Ugly Duckling

Located in the heart of Richmond, The Ugly Duckling is an intimate wine and cocktail bar that adds bucketloads of sophistication to Swan Street. With a bespoke cocktail list featuring aperitivo style drinks, traditional martinis, signature recipes, and seasonal classics along with a specially curated wine list with an emphasis on Victorian wineries, Italian and European varietals —this place is perfect for midweek drinks, date night or a night out on the town. 

Palm Royale

From the masterminds behind Jungle Boy comes their newest addition, Palm Royale. This cocktail bar brings all of the vibes, fully decked out with palm trees, flamingos and parrots to create one hell of a slice of Cuban paradise. The Caribbean theme continues right through to the drinks menu with cocktails like ‘Watermelon Paloma’, and '100-Year-Old Cigar’ as well as a range of Hawaiian beers. 

Coe & Coe

While they don’t serve alcohol, Coe & Coe are our number one for a cup of joe. Outside of the fact that they pour up an incredible coffee, the vibes here are on point with walls covered in street art, and an old school basketball hoop so you can shoot baskets while you wait for your almond cap and bacon & egg panini. Located in the thick of the business district in Cremorne, Coe & Coe is loved by residents and business-goers alike.

Prince Alfred Hotel

For the ultimate pub experience, look no further than Richmond institution, Prince Alfred Hotel. Boasting a restaurant bar and incredibly welcoming beer garden, this place is perfect for some pub grub or catching a sporting game on one of their many TVs. There’s nowhere better to settle in for a frothy with friends. 

Whether it’s getting cold beer, a delicious feed, or immersing yourself in the electric atmosphere of a Melbourne Storm game at AAMI Park, there’s no denying Richmond is full of exciting experiences to discover.

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