Melbourne's Inner Eastern suburb of Armadale has so much to offer. Think High Street shopping to begin with, and the rest of the day will follow. This area is not much fun in the rain, so only come here on a warm day in Melbourne.
If you are coming to Armadale by train, you will find yourself in a mini arcade with a top range of beauty salons and a cupcake establishment, and you are immediately out on High Street with an array of trees and shops. Even if you are not in the mood to buy anything, window shopping here is so much fun. Otherwise, High Street makes for a great walk.
The Melbourne based Camilla and Marc boutique provides better customer service than their Sydney counterpart in Paddington. The only challenge is that the biggest size available in clothing is a size 12. That is fine for me, yet if you need a larger size in one of those trendy dresses in particular, then you will have to go to David Jones. The staff get out of their way to help, and this boutique is spacious and inviting. Definitely the Moet vibe that makes Armadale. I ended up buying the simple dress on the left hand side on the image above.
Man I love this place, the Thomas Dux Grocer. A great stop for those organic treats, and anything and everything that screams out "lifestyle treat" is the name of this establishment. Worth coming to Armadale for this establishment alone. Great customer service, and no doubt this would be one of Melbourne's best gourmet food outlets, although you can still buy a block of Cadbury's chocolate here. I adore the fresh fruit, and the macaroons; oh my goodness don't get me started on the macaroons. So fresh and tasty. Expect a sweet snap the moment you take your first couple of bites, and then the taste is quite filling and mellow. For $2 a pop, the value is just exceptional. Love the lavender and pistachio varieties. Warm, inviting and well organised grocers.
A great hang out spot. Probably Melbourne's version of Sydney's Rosebud restaurant in Rozelle. The decor is similar to Rosebud's as well as the friendly service. The only minor gripe I have with this establishment is with people talking and the music on full blast. The banana smoothie was quite filling, and the ham, cheese and tomato panini was also quite warm and tasty with some relish and a bit of the green stuff on the side. Made way for a relaxing lunch overall.
Last but not least, a visit to Armadale is not complete if you do not visit the yummy gourmet take away food available at Cooper and Milla's. Love their muffins in particular; they're all great and are a great take home souvenir for immediate consumption once home. Reminds me of Simmone Logue's food in Sydney.