Next time you want to go and see a movie, have a bite to eat or even shop for a present – why not do it in Yarraville Village? Yarraville Village is the charming and happening centre of the buzzing suburb of Yarraville - only 6KMs from Melbourne's CBD, it's a treat all Melbournians should enjoy.
If you've not been to Yarraville, or perhaps even not heard of it, don't feel too bad. Until the last decade it was a largely neglected part of Melbourne – seldom visited by those that did not have a specific reason for going there. This meant that a lot of the 100 year old buildings in Yarraville remained untouched - until lately when purveyors of fine food, books, coffee and wine started to spruce up the area.
When you enter the "Village" you'll feel that perhaps you have stepped onto a movie set. Every shop keeper and business owner has made an effort to compliment the quaint street scape – even the dentist fits into the arts & craft meets art deco style of Yarraville Village.
The result is a concentration of delightful shops, cafes and bakeries clustered around the Yarraville train station. Part of the charm of Yarraville Village is that it is small. Regardless of whether you get there by train, cycling or driving, you'll easily be able to amble along taking in the buildings and their enticing contents.
The Sun Theatre is an icon of Yarraville Village. It a recently refurbished independent cinema that attracts patrons as much for its restored art deco fixtures as for the mix of mainstream and independent films it shows. The theatre complex dominates one end of Ballarat Street and the building contains a café and a book shop that often hosts talks and book launches by local authors.
The Hausfrau Bakery has a tempting assortment of cakes and baked goods which can be sampled in the store or - if it is a nice day – can be taken away to the Yarraville Gardens for a picnic. Shops like Village Idiom and Marita's of Yarraville contain an eclectic range of household goods, jewellery and clothes which will satisfy both those who are "window shopping" and those on a mission to purchase something a little bit different.
There are numerous restaurants if you are after a more substantial meal such as The Bank and L'ucellino. Given all the restaurants are within close proximity, I think it is best to wander around and see what takes your fancy rather than trying to plan one specifically – if you need to wait for a table, the delights of the Village will make the time pass quickly.
To get to Yarraville you can drive, catch the train or cycle. If driving, Yarraville is approx 15 minutes from Melbourne's city centre via the Westgate Freeway (take the Williamstown exit). If catching the train, both the Williamstown and Werribee lines service Yarraville Station, which is right in "the Village". If cycling, which is probably the best way to get to Yarraville Village, there are easy to follow sign posts from both the Maribyrnong and Footscray Rd bike paths.