Melbourne: A Quick Guide to Swan Street, Richmond

Eclectic shopping and modern dining await on Richmond's Swan Street.

Inner-city Melbourne doesn't get much more funky than Richmond's Swan Street. With its mix of outlet stores, hip bars and contemporary restaurants, Swan Street is always changing and well worth the quick tram ride from the CBD.

Shoes galore at the Wittner Outlet store.
Shoes galore at the Wittner Outlet store. (©Roshan Sukhla)


Stroll down Swan Street, and you’ll find a great selection of unique shops and boutiques. Browse Avenue Bookstore for a well-stocked collection of all genres and niches. The range of children’s books is fantastic.

Shoe lovers can’t go past the Wittner Outlet store. You can save a bundle by shopping here with a huge assortment of last season and surplus stock in a range of sizes. Discover brilliant boots, sandals, heels, wedges, flats and more.

Pick up some retro chic clothing or fabulous vintage pieces at the Red Cross Shop on Swan Street. You’ll be doing good as you shop with proceeds going straight to the Red Cross to help those in need.

Lily and Weasel is a funky homewares and gift boutique selling handcrafted treasures and locally designed wares.

The award-winning Feast of Merit restaurant.
The award-winning Feast of Merit restaurant. (©Roshan Sukhla)


For fresh and modern Vietnamese, try Hanoi Hannah. It serves up delicious pho, salads, curries and larger dishes in contemporary surrounds.

Experience Belles Hot Chicken for the best fried chicken in town. Try the famous Really F**kin Hot chicken with Southern-inspired side dishes. 

Dine at the award-winning Feast of Merit where chef Ayhan Erkoc has created a delicious Middle Eastern menu to share. Then pop upstairs to the secluded rooftop bar!


If you are in the mood for meatballs, head to The Meatball and Wine Bar. What could be better than your choice of gourmet meatballs (think pork with fennel, sage and orange; or fish with dill and lemon), paired with exquisite wine.