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Published July 21st 2010
Trendsetter or not, you just gotta love Chapel Street. The Windsor/Prahran end, say between Dandenong and Commercial Roads, is pretty down-to-earth, while the closer you get to the South Yarra end at Toorak Road, the more expensive and exclusive the stores seem to become. Think sexy jeans, boutiques, plenty of labels and, of course, the coolest clubs.
I particularly like the first end, with the more upmarket part making me feel like I need to spend two hours dressing up just to fit in. Anyhow, each to their own. If you don't know the strip well, I suggest checking out the lot. You can get a bit of a feel for it with these images.
There are plenty of unique and eclectic of shops to explore. As well as high-end fashion, you'll come across fab book stores and op shops that take second hand clothing to a whole new level. You'll also find second-hand, new and funky furniture, as well as bric-a-brac stores and the occasional bazaar.
Then there's the amazing collection of all things arty, antique, bohemian, retro and organic in Greville Street, which meets Chapel Street at the Town Hall.
Take advantage of a bunch of great discount vouchers here.
Cafes and restaurants galore span every imaginable cuisine. Check out these eateries. Don't stop at Page 1. There are 5 pages of them!
Some of my personal favourites are Gurkhas Nepalese Brasserie and Caffe e Cucina, a cosy, charismatic little Italian that seems to have been around forever, but has lost none of its flair for fine food delivered by sophisticated speakers of the language.
There's plenty to see and do in and around Chapel Street, including the Prahran Market and the Jam Factory, which has a theatre. Check out more special experiences here.