Heading out to the Mountain Gate Shopping Centre on a Saturday morning when I usually have a few hours to myself, I just enjoy having a breakfast sometimes, and a cuppa always, at my favourite Chosen Bean cafe.
There's always parking along this shopping strip which has divided parking as it's spread over two blocks. I love coming here because it feels like I'm just at the foot of the hills (the next major turn off after the shopping centre is Burwood highway which heads towards Olinda) and it kinda feels like I'm in a little shopping strip in a country town somewhere, without actually having to go country. There's no manic hustle and bustle here and everything is very relaxed.
About to cross over from the 1st section (closer to Burwood Hwy end) to the 2nd section of the shopping strip
For a small shopping strip, there are a lot of places to eat and a huge variety to choose from, be it just cafe food, sandwich bars, pizza parlours, fish and chip shops, charcoal chicken, bakers delight, restaurants like Montania, take-away, bakery, or a variety of asian cuisine.
There is also a Coles shopping centre, Toy world, a Beleza school uniform shop, a few fashion boutiques, a specialty dancewear (i.e. ballroom dancing etc) shop called Frock Up, baby and childrens boutique, shoe shops, Red Cargo kitchenware, a party shop, a florist, a massive pet shop called Mad about Pets and other services like a jewellery repair place, laser hair removal, chemist, national hearing centre, a health food shop, a naturopathic centre, post office; oh, I could go on, but here, check out the shopping centre map yourself by clicking here.
A plethora of stores and specialty shops, not to mention eateries and a supermarket; for a relatively small shopping strip, Mountain Gate shopping centre is steeped in variety
Once I have satisfied my tummy, feasted my eyes and emptied my wallet at Mountain Gate, I always stop in at K Lynne before I leave the centre. If you're into the style of layering your clothing (and who isn't, unless you have a model figure) and you find shops like Motto (if you're a size 8 to about 18) and TS clothing (if you're a size 14 to size 22 or 24) who seem to specialise in the layered look a little beyond your reach that week or month, you can still emulate the same style for a fraction of the cost. With items at an average price of $25, you can get the 'look' right here at K Lynne, again a few doors down from the Chosen Bean Cafe.
Melany minding the store for the owner, her aunt Kethlynne