Town Square is an al-fresco meeting place where gastronomic experiences, mid-shop lunch stops and pre-movie hangouts sit comfortably side by side.
As a microcosm of Melbourne’s renowned restaurant and bar culture, Town Square brings together the finest produce of our region, the culinary flair of our leading chefs and flavours from almost every corner of the globe. Browse the diverse venues below to find what you’re craving most and we’ll see you on the square.
When it comes to making authentic Neapolitan pizza, pizza master Johnny di Francesco is considered king. Gradi’s Eastland outpost promises all the same magic as the Brunswick original – so expect delicious, authentic Neapolitan pizza, friendly staff and plenty of lively buzz. Popular with families and groups, Gradi’s slick casual dining will suit any mood. Start with shared antipasti before moving on to the famed wood-fired pizzas. There’s a range of pasta, risotto and other Italian-style dishes on offer too.
Open from breakfast until late, Abacus All Day delivers an ever-changing seasonal menu of healthy and hearty breakfasts, inventive brunch plates and sophisticated night-time dining. Expect beautifully plated, produce-driven fare with plenty of inventive touches. Start your day with coffee, breakfast and cold-pressed juice or punctuate your shopping day with a relaxed lunch. Come night-time, the space transforms into a lively bar and restaurant where shared plates, cocktails and wines all offer a perfect way to end the day.
For an authentic taste of South East Asia Ang Ang delivers. Sister venue to the legendary Chinta Ria, this casual Asian-style diner means that you can enjoy all of your favourite Thai and Malaysian classics right here at Eastland. Go for your fix of pad thai, beef rendang or mee goreng, and when those comfort food cravings hit, you can’t beat Ang Ang’s creamy curry laksa. Just be sure to order the flaky roti with satay sauce, it’s a must-eat.
Bathed in natural light, this French-style boulangerie and coffee house makes the ideal perch for meeting friends or breaking up a long day. Owner Philip Chiang’s was the head baker for Michelin-starred chef Paul Bocuse which means you can expect next-level everything – from croissants and Danishes to ‘bronuts’ and of course, brioche. There’s Five Senses coffee, Prana Chai, Mörk Hot Chocolate and freshly squeezed juice too. Be sure to pick up a loaf of artisan sourdough bread to take home.
Located alongside Realm library and Ringwood Station, this contemporary cafe makes an ideal rest stop for families and commuters. For breakfast, you’ll find eggs on sourdough, bircher muesli, croissants and great coffee. At lunch, look for comforting Italian fare such as pasta, lasagne and pizza by the slice. Sweet tooths will find a range of traditional Italian sweets and pastries, plus a few Aussie-style favourites. There’s plenty of space for prams, and the outdoor terrace is a winner on sunny days.
Hunky Dory reimagines the traditional fish and chip shop to go one better – offering a healthy twist and a seat at the table. With updated health-conscious options appearing alongside your usual favourites, Hunky is a leader in new-wave fish and chips and makes a fine choice for relaxed family eats. Along with contemporary in-house dining and the offer of beer and wine, you’ll find kid-sized packs for the little ones, along with a range of burgers, wraps and super salads too.
Mealtime at Hunter and Barrel means tapping into your hunter-gather instincts and go fork-to-fork with your dining companions over the best slab of slow-cooked beef or coal-roasted chicken. Perfect for family dinners or date nights, this meaty eatery is all antlers, brown leather and wood-cabin warmth. You’ll need to come hungry because the servings are generous, and no aspiring BBQ pit master will be able to pass on The Hunter’s Feast sharing platter of steak, sausage, skewers and pork belly.
A hit with all ages, Daniel Wilson’s now-iconic burger chain is kitted out classic 50s-diner style. But when it comes to the food, the similarities end there, with Wilson elevating the humble beef-patty-in-bun concept to delicious new heights. At Huxtaburger, you can expect your beef to be grass-fed, your eggs to be local and your patties made from scratch. Alongside burgers, you’ll find vego options, kids’ mini burger packs, dessert ice-cream ‘burgers’ and more. There’s wine and beer for grown-ups too.
Forget what you learnt about Greek ‘souva’ joints growing up – chef and MasterChef judge George Calombaris has overhauled the concept, big time. Here, it’s all about super-fresh, fast-casual dining with a proud Greek accent. Choose from a delicious range of souvlaki options including the Mr Papadopoulos (slow-roasted lamb, chips, parsley, mustard aioli and onion) and the Nonna Maria (chicken, chips, mustard aioli, onions and parsley) – all wrapped in fluffy pita bread. Prefer something a little lighter? Jimmy’s salad game is A1.
Serving authentic, casual Japanese fare, this relaxed café is feels a little like stepping into backstreet Kyoto. Bento boxes make a value-packed lunch option, providing a nourishing mix of rice, protein, pickles, sushi and soup. At night, choose from fresh sashimi and sushi, or fill up with hearty soup noodles and rice bowls. Fried snacks like pork gyoza, spicy karaage chicken and takoyaki (octopus balls) are crowd pleasers. Just be sure to leave room for a matcha dessert and traditional tea.
Few people in the world can resist the taste of traditional Italian gelato, which is precisely why this family-friendly gelateria is a hit with locals. Founded in Naples, Italy, the Lavezzi brand dates back to 1870. With gelato flavours ranging from creamy panna cotta to tangy blood orange, the hardest part is choosing which flavour to have first. Go for the gelato, stay for coffee and cake – or if the sofa is calling, simply grab a take-home pack and chill.
Sister venue to the renowned MoVida, this vibrant Mexican-style cantina combines colourful interiors and authentic Mexican street fare to deliver a dose of sunshine all year round. Spicy fish tacos (done here with spice-crumbed Blue Grenadier, pickled onion and Chipotle aioli) are always hard to pass up, while the 14-hour slow-cooked pork shoulder taco is guaranteed to please the meat-lovers. Beyond tacos you’ll find bigger sharing dishes and salads along with Mexican soft drinks, sangria, cocktails and craft beers.
With its lively atmosphere and vibrant street food, this authentic Thai restaurant invites you to journey to Bangkok’s premier foodie destination, Soi Ari. The extensive menu mixes well-loved classics with Thailand's signature street food specialties. And the best part? They’re all designed for sharing. Choose from noodle dishes, fragrant curries, tangy salads, perfectly charred meats and more. With a broad selection of wines and Asian-inspired cocktails, Thai Alley makes a great pick for leisurely lunches, business dinners or Friday date nights.
No time to drive to the Yarra Valley? Relax, Suburban now brings the valley to you. Showcasing the region’s finest wines, cheeses and charcuterie, this airy, multi-level hangout from the team behind Croydon’s Public Brewery is part-bar, part-restaurant, part-bottle shop and part-provedore. Plotting after-work cocktails with the girls and a tasting plate or two? Check out the rooftop garden bar and the list of small-batch spirits. Date night? You’ve got it. Relaxed weekend brunch? Come on down.
Led by awarded interior designer Maree Howley, Beautiful Room showcases the best in liveable and lasting residential design. Howley and her team of designers are ready to guide you through all aspects of interior design and decoration to create beautiful and functional spaces to truly make your house a home. Beautiful Room regularly run artisan workshops, including crafting workshops for kids, and host a beautifully curated retail hub with bespoke homewares and treasured finds for that finishing touch.
With its calming interiors and relaxing, nature-inspired treatments, Endota Spa makes a perfect cocoon in which to escape from the rushes of daily life. Choose from a range of nourishing and restorative rituals including organic facials, body treatments and soothing massage, along with your choice of spa packages and traditional beauty treatments. Enter the relaxation lounge, sip a herbal tea and get ready to surrender to Endota's nurturing energies.
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Town Square's independent fashion boutique brings together luxury womenswear from Australian and international designer labels including Camilla and Marc, Zimmerman, Celine and Ginger & Smart. Owner Jo Syme curates a variety of effortlessly feminine, comfortable pieces for the modern woman’s wardrobe. Within Martin York’s aesthetically pleasing interiors, you’ll find clothing, bags and accessories, ranging from relaxed basics to statement items.
Well-read and ready to recommend, the staff at Robinsons are part of what makes this independent book store a cut above the rest. Robinsons is home to a large range of fiction, non-fiction, children’s’ and specialist titles. With its weekly story time sessions and author events, there’s little wonder Robinsons was voted as one Victoria’s favourite bookstores among a national poll of 20,000 book lovers.