I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published May 8th 2012
Bridge Road provides a healthy look into cosmopolitan life of Melbournites. There is a plethora of cute cafes, modern or authentic style pubs, a variety of restaurants and many shops catering to a range of budgets.
The cafes, restaurants and pubs play host to a variety of cuisines from 'All day breakfast', to Mexican, Indian, Modern Australian and Asian cuisine. Prices vary with $20 being sufficient in most venues for a meal and drink during the day and perhaps $25-$35 for a meal with style and personality for evening dining.
The venues generally provide both indoor and outdoor seating, which is accompanied by outdoor heaters for cooler weather - with particular note is Olmecs providing modern Australian cuisines with gluten free and vegetarian options and Boozy Rouge which is a fantastic bar providing excellent cocktail and wine selections as well as a popular Tapas and cheese menu.
Macro whole foods is the local health food supermarket. This supermarket does not have your usual ingredients but has a vast array of health products catering to gluten free, lactose free and vegetarians or vegans. It houses a range of boutique groceries and fresh vegetables and a huge array of imports all at fairly reasonable prices. The gorgeous deli has ready made healthy meals as well as a delightful cheese counter, which provides daily samples.
The shopping in Bridge Road is varied. I personally enjoyed purchases at the Body Shop factory outlet, which provides the usual full price items but also sells many items up to 70% off the full purchase price. This includes make up and body products. Factorie' is newer on the scene and has colourful, trendy items that are very affordable and could be likened to a more modern Cotton on. Factorie has both men's and women's clothing and also includes many items of clothing and accessories at sale prices. This includes head ware, shoes and a few home items. I also enjoy shopping at Dotti and Landes, whom also provide reasonably priced women's fashion. The area also has many shoe stores, beauty stores and one of my other favourites - Brands United, which hosts a huge range of underwear and sleepwear items.
Parking is 2 hours in most spots during the day and free to park after 7pm.