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by Vadim Chelom (subscribe)
Dr Vadim Chelom is a Veterinarian, a writer and an educator. You can read his blog at
Published November 17th 2011
Okay, no need to get you car keys ready for this one. Watsonia Shopping Centre is hardly a fashion capital or an exotic shopping destination. If you are after this season's latest trends, try Doncaster or the City. But if what you are looking for is a neat, tidy, friendly shopping town, then you have come to the right place.

I discovered Watsonia Shopping Centre almost by accident - I work in the area and the centre is located just opposite the Watsonia train station. Watsonia used to be a backwater working man's suburb of little importance but with the city living continuing its' slow encroachment into the outlying areas', the 'green belt' is suddenly a trendy place to shop.

The Shopping Centre boasts a few of the usual eateries (a deli, a pizza place, a bakery). There is Watsonia library - handy for when your city train is cancelled again and you have an hour to kill. There is a large-ish 'Salvos' op-shop where some unusual and unexpected items can occasionally be found. I once spotted a golden Versace wristwatch. Real or fake? Who knows, but I didn't dare to risk $50 to find out. Still, maybe I should rewrite that bit about 'backwater working man's suburb'.
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Why? A neat, tidy, friendly shopping town
When: Depends on shop
Where: Watsonia Rd, Watsonia
Cost: Depends on activity/event
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