Erica is a writer and yoga teacher based in Melbourne.
Published September 27th 2011
Warrandyte, located in Melbourne's north-east, is one of my favourite places for a stroll and a browse. With plenty of shops, restaurants and picturesque scenes, it's easy to spend a few hours taking it all in. I want to share with you just a handful of highlights in this beautiful suburb. And when you're done with those, you can always stroll the banks of the Yarra River and simply enjoy the view.
Stocked with original and diverse finds from all over the globe, at Enedina you can find that perfect piece of furniture or a little something to decorate your home. Featuring items from Mexico, Peru, Columbia and Asia, you'll find mirrors, candlesticks, large entertainment units, kitchen butchers blocks and so much more. The pieces are full of character, some of them classic, others a bit eclectic.
Stock tends to turn over fairly quickly, so repeat visits are rewarded with fresh new finds. Whether your shopping for yourself or for a unique gift, there's plenty to choose from at Enedina.
Find a treasure at Ratty & Moles Riverbank Antiques
Perched on the riverbank of the Yarra, you'll find Ratty & Moles Riverbank Antiques. Utterly overflowing with antiques from jewellery to meat safes, be sure to check out all the nooks and crannies for that special find.
The shop represents the finds of 16 different antique dealers, and with over 20 years of experience, they are the real deal. Amongst their specialities are Depression Glass and Royal Doulton – but if you have a special piece in mind, let them know and they will try to source it for you.
There's something special about a good antique shop – it should feel like you've stumbled across grandma's attic and uncover treasure after treasure. I get this feeling every time I step into Ratty & Moles.
Uncover a fabulous read at Yarra Cottage Books Occupying one of the oldest remaining buildings in Warrandyte, Yarra Cottage Books is a treasure-trove for book lovers. The last time I popped my nose in for 'just a browse', I left a little heavier with four fabulous finds tucked into my bag.
The shop houses over 17,000 titles across genres including fiction, children's, and many, many specialty topics. The owners, Steve and Jo Brazil, source some great finds, and will happily chat with you and offer suggestions.
The size of the shop is deceiving from the front – with six rooms, be sure to allow yourself time to explore them all.
Visit the website Address: 189 Yarra St, Warrandyte Opening hours: Open 7 days from 10am – 5pm
Appreciate handcrafted artwork at Stonehouse Gallery Featuring the works of 19 member artists, visit Stonehouse Gallery to browse and purchase from a beautiful range of handcrafted artwork. From pottery to jewellery, textiles to painting, glass to woodwork, Stonehouse Gallery is brimming with unique pieces.
In addition, Stonehouse Gallery houses monthly exhibitions, ranging from 'The Hen House' in September 2011 (think lots of chickens), to 'Outside In' in October 2011 (garden-inspired sculpture), and 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' in November and December 2011 (bringing the Christmas Carol to life through art).
If you have a sweet tooth, you might find it hard to resist Warrandyte Lollies & Treats. Whether your confectionery preference is chocolate, lollies, liquorice or soda, Lollies & Treats is well stocked with everyone's favourites – from old classics to modern offerings.
There are plenty of treats from the UK and USA as well – so if you're looking for motherland favourites, you just mind find them here (think Toffee Crisp, Dr Pepper, Root Beer, Resse's Peanut Butter Cups...).
You'll find treats to satisfy sugar and gluten free patrons as well – including sugar free chocolate and gluten free cookies.
Visit the website Address: 207 Yarra St, Warrandyte Opening hours: Open 7 days from 10am - 5pm