Please note that a number of the shops mentioned in this article have now closed down.
Toorak Village is a swank and elegant place to shop and explore some of Melbourne's finest things. A hop, skip and jump from Melbourne's CBD, the village is full of fashion, shoe, jewellery and accessory boutiques offering quality products.
Technically, the village is just a stretch of stores, but in reality you can find everything from bookstores, to home ware stores, flower shops, beauty salons and some of the most impressive restaurants, patisseries, cafes and food shops within the modest area. The Tudor style architecture of many buildings gives it a very 'English village' look. What enhance the beauty of the area are the lush green trees and some of the most beautiful houses in the city.
Start your day with a lazy breakfast at Puccino or Granzuca café then head out to the many chic boutiques to pick up a few somethings for your wardrobe. From latest French and Italian fashion trends to classic European styles, from designer ware to resort ware, from made-to-measure to readymade contemporary apparels, Toorak village has it all.
Some of the best stores include: MaxMara, Balencia Couture, Orossi Boutique, Paul & Joe, Mon Amore Paris, Esprit, Bogner, Sapphire, Myka United Soul, My Muse, Di Parigi, Della Spiga Boutique, Bouti Claire, Village Resortware. There are exclusive menswear stores too, like Henry Buck's, United Soul, Marina & Scott.
For shoes there's Edward Mellor, Exclusive & Exquisite fashion, Orossi, Nina Leon's shoe boutique, Bared, Deva shoes and more. For handbags, jewellery and other accessories there's Siricco, Witchery, Moods, Paris Kyne, Adorna, replique, Imp Jewllery, e bon Jewellery, A & G Optique, Trak Spex, C Werner among others.
After exhausting yourself with shopping or just window-shopping, a delicious serving of sushi will be just the thing for you. So step in at Orita's or Sushi Gallery or Sushi Box to savour this Japanese delicacy. Another good place for a relaxing lunch or coffee is Sezanas on Toorak.
And then after replenishing your wardrobe and restoring your tissues, you must rejuvenate your body with a beauty treatment in one of the many salons. The most popular names among the hairdressers and salons at the village are – Josmar, Gaylia Kristensen, My Powder Room, Hot Pinkys, Mal Bradley, Tremayne Salon, Wieselmann of Toorak, Adrian Kane, Om Melbourne, The Girls Salon, Splinters, Mon Desire Coiffure, Kael at the Trak and Hair at Number 5.
By now you must be all garbed and coiffured, and with hands – which flash your killer manicure and fresh nail art – full of shopping bags. So what better way to end the day than dining at one of the fine restaurants like Quaff, Hanumarn Thai, Toppo Gigio bistro or Romeo's.
Toorak Village is a popular place among the locals, tourists, men, women and people from all age groups. For more details about the village, stores and other services, check the village directory online.
Situated around five kilometres from the CBD, Toorak Village is easily accessible by car, tram or train. If you're travelling from the city centre, hop on tram #8, which runs along Toorak Road or #72 that runs through Malvern Road. Alternately, you can reach Toorak by train (there are three linking railway stations - Toorak, Hawksburn and Heyington.)