A green-hued realm filled with lush, open spaces, Malvern East unearths moments of natural serenity everyday. Whether you’re in the mood for a scenic nature walk, a tranquil picnic under a leafy tree or a day spent frolicking with your pampered pooch, you’re spoilt for choice in this verdant domain. Central Park, Ardrie Park, Urban Forest Reserve, Scotchman's Creek and many other pockets of greenery are dotted idyllically around Aspen.
Just a stone’s throw from Aspen, Central Park is a beautifully manicured oasis ornate with mature trees, charming flowerbeds and luscious lawns. Equipped with a jogging path, several recreational facilities and a collection of neighbouring eateries, the park is beloved by locals and day-trippers alike. A touch closer to home, Ardrie Park is another verdant terrain that somehow manages to stay green no matter the time of year. Here, enjoy playgrounds, botanical gardens and several shady picnic spots. If you’re in the mood to immerse yourself in lush woodland and native flora and fauna, Urban Forest Reserve is also at hand, a destination true to its name in that it literally feels like a little slice of the bush amidst an urban landscape. Just a 5-minute walk from Aspen, Scotchman’s Creek Linear Reserve is the closest park to the project, where a leafy creek trail makes for a convenient way to factor in exercise.
Malvern East is widely adored for its melange of dining destinations, rivalling some of the city’s biggest names in its own distinctive, suburban way. A domain at the forefront of caffeine culture, start your day with an exotic blend of beans and a perfectly crafted brunch dish at one of the suburb’s stylishly designed cafes. In the P.M., a myriad of vibrant eateries and sleek wine bars beckon you, paving the way for weekend jaunts whenever you
Malvern East has well and truly mastered the art of the urbane wine bar, abounding with sophisticated little nooks to enjoy coveted drops. First stop, Riserva, a moody hole in the wall opposite Central Park boasting a copious wine collection and a Pan-European menu. Enjoy gourmet creations like their house made squid ink linguini with a premium glass of Corvina or Vermentino. Also parkside is Tom Pockett Cellars, a bustling hybrid of bar and kitchen housing an impressive catalogue of wines and a menu tailored for comfort. Be sure to pop by on a Friday night for their weekly live music sessions. For a casual sip among quieter surrounds, Malvern Road Wine and Beer House is at your beck and call too, where owners with a lifetime of wine-nous will assist you in selecting the perfect bottle.
‘Brunch’ has slowly but surely become the quintessential mealtime in Melbourne – a weekend ritual that for many, is nothing short of a sacred act. Malvern East very much caters to this idea, where the streets swarm with hip spots to enjoy artisanal coffee and inventive meals. Our Kitchen Table leads the way, a cosy eatery on Burke Road plating up dishes like the ‘winter mushroom bruschetta’ and the ‘spice chickpea and pumpkin eggs’ amid homey, eclectic interiors. A little further down Waverley, the family-run Jake and the Beans Talk is another beautifully designed brunch spot, where immaculate service is just the cherry on top of imaginative, delicious food. Over on Malvern Road, Little Chloe is a rustic-chic café and roaster with an Asian-inspired, highly photogenic menu. Highlights include the ‘breakfast
With Chadstone Shopping Centre just metres from your doorstep, residents of Aspen will sincerely want for nothing when it comes to retail, dining and entertainment. Simply wander over to explore some 555 stores spanning everything from designer boutiques and department stores to gourmet supermarkets and spots of convenience. Afterwards, enjoy a bite at one of Chadstone’s impressive dining destinations, where some of the biggest names in the hospitality industry are housed.
Stroll leisurely down Chadstone’s world-class luxury section, where names like Dior, Chanel and Prada sit within elegantly designed boutiques. Fast evolving into the ‘Food Capital’ as well as the fashion one, the likes of Fonda, Jimmy Grants and Axil Coffee Roasters are yours to devour.
Having undergone a state of the art renovation in 2016, Hoyts Chadstone has become one of the most premium places in Melbourne to see a film.
Comprised of rides, lego models, a cinema, a ‘build and test’station and so much more, not many a place is more excitingthan Legoland for the little ones.
Lovers of designer luxury: look no further than the sartorial haven that is Dior, Chadstone. Housed here are some of the world’s most elegant clothes and accessories.
Founded in 1911, the Prada brand epitomises the essence of Italian sophistication with its cutting-edge collection of designer clothing, accessories and fragrances.
If you like your accessories practical and versatile yet utterly luxurious, Australian boutique Oroton has a leather clutch with your name on it.
Sneaker Boy in Chadstone delivers sneaker shopping at its most innovative; boasting state of the art architecture and an unfathomable number of designer shoes.
No one does timeless and sentimental jewellery quite like Tiffany & Co. From diamond engagement rings to key pendants for 21st birthdays, Tiffany is there for all the special moments.
A store with a cult-like following worldwide, when Sephora set up shop in Chadstone, Australians rejoiced. Explore the world of luxury cosmetics, skincare and fragrances.
From healthy tacos to hearty burritos, explore the unique flavours of Mexico in style at Fonda. The restaurant exhibits vibrant interior design, complete with a range of funky cacti.
Gourmet souvas, delicious meat trays and chips you’ll be fantasising about for days post-consumption. Since 2013, Jimmy Grants has revolutionised Greek street food in Melbourne.
Pairing cheeky cocktails with authentic Vietnamese recipes and delightfully tropical décor, Mama’s Buoi is the perfect place to indulge the taste buds.
La Belle Miette means ‘the beautiful small thing’ in French – fitting given everything at this charming patisserie is adorably bite sized (macarons are their speciality).
A lavish assortment of Parisian pastries and artisanal sweets form the brightly coloured cabinets of Laurent. Rest and refuel with a coffee after a day of scouring the Chadstone’s plentiful retail offerings.
Coffee aficionados convene at Axil Coffee Roasters, where the beans are ethically sourced, exceptionally brewed and served alongside delicious brunch dishes.
Whether you’re in need of a new modernist armchair for the living room or the perfect ingredient for Sunday night dinner, Malvern East is guaranteed to have just the thing. Homewares stores and food stores form a big part of the suburb’s plenteous repertoire, spread out over three major shopping precincts – Malvern Road, Waverley Road and Central Park.
With a selection of sought-after homeware stores on Aspen’s doorstep, curating your dream home has never been more inspiring – or convenient. For Scandinavian décor, visit Norsu Interiors on Wattletree Road, a pastel coloured haven stocking a beautiful range of prints, furniture, gifts and home accessories. There’s also Poppy & Penelope for a more youthful, eclectic selection, along with Open Room, a minimalist-chic wonderland. In the way of food stores, Malvern East’s offering will ensure your pantry, fruit bowl and refrigerator never cease to spark culinary creativity. Saint Lawrence Real Food on Burke Road is a local staple, a ‘walk-in pantry’ of sorts supplying everything from gourmet take home meals to cheeses, sauces and sweet treats. For all things fruit and veg, there’s Green Onions Organic Grocer, where variety, quality and first-rate service combine.
CAFES & DINING1 - Granger 2 - Jake & The Beans Talk 3 - Kerabu 4 - L’Olivo 5 - Little Chloe 6 - Mr Sister 7 - One Misty Guy 8 - Our Kitchen Table 9 - Riserva 10 - Servery and Spoon 11 - The Corner Kitchen 12 - Tom Pockett Cellars 13 - Via Fratelli
RETAIL14 - Chadstone Shopping Centre 15 - Clancy’s Bakehouse 16 - Green Onions 17 - Malvern Road Wine & Beer House 18 - Norsu Interiors 19 - Oakleigh Central 20 - Open Room 21 - Poppy & Penelope 22 - Saint Lawrence Real Food
PARKS23 - Ardrie Park 24 - Caulfield Racecourse 25 - Central Park 26 - Hedgeley Dene Garden 27 - Malvern Valley Public Golf Course 28 - Scotchman’s Creek 29 - Treyvaud Memorial Park 30 - Urban Forest Reserve 31 - Warrawee Park Oval 32 - Waverley Oval
TRANSPORT33 - Chadstone Bus Interchange 34 - East Malvern Station 35 - Hughesdale Station 36 - Monash Freeway 37 - Oakleigh Station 38 - 800 Bus
EDUCATION39 - Caulfield Grammar School-Malvern Campus 40 - Holmesglen Institute 41 - Malvern Valley Primary School 42 - Monash University 43 - Sacre Coeur 44 - St Mary’s Catholic Primary School