Vibrant and variegated, the shopping strip at Centre Road, Bentleigh offers a selection of adorable shops and niche eateries.
Whether you are meeting someone for coffee or seeking a meal, you will be spoilt for choice in Bentleigh. Go to Café El Fresco for a busy, social atmosphere, or to any of the other cafes lining the shopping strip for a quiet chat. With bakeries, fast food shops and small restaurants dotting Centre Road, it is easy to find food to suit your taste. If you're after a quick bite to eat and are willing to forgo atmosphere, go to The Sushi Factory next to the station. Make sure to try their sundried tomato and chicken hand roll, which I believe to be the most amazing hand roll ever.
The clothing stores in Bentleigh are ideal for a cheap fashion fix, with the $20 Fashion Shop and Babe Fashion constantly getting in new, trendy stock. If you're willing to splurge, try Swish for stunning formal dresses and Green Love by B for casualwear. With a large elderly population, Bentleigh also features many clothing stores to cater for their style and pensioner budgets.
Gift shops abound in Bentleigh, which can be interesting to browse but are mostly what you would expect. However, there are some shops which are bound to rouse your curiosity, such as The Cartoon Shop, The Ole Tin Hat, and Milsims.
A vast range of services and conveniences are located on the shopping strip, including several major banks, supermarkets, medical services and a Glen Eira City Council library.
On Sunday mornings, there is a market run by the local Rotary Club, which does little except inconvenience anyone who wants to park next to the train station. Primarily selling secondhand clothing, vintage knick-knacks and plants; the Bentleigh Sunday Market has limited appeal.
Getting to Bentleigh is easy, with Bentleigh Station on the Frankston line being central to the shopping strip. It is also services by two bus routes, the 701 and the 703, and has ample parking behind the shops if you are driving.