Just five minutes east of the CBD Norwood is an eating, drinking and shopping Mecca. The suburb came to life in 1847 and while some might visit for a bit of history - the 150 year old Clayton-Wesley Uniting Church - most are here to shop.
It’s easy to spend money on necessities and luxuries in Norwood, just head straight down the Parade. As well as dissecting the suburb down the middle the Parade is a bustling shopping and entertainment precinct. Boarded by Fullarton Road to the west and Portrush Road to the east the Parade is bursting at the seams.
An average Parade day should start with breakfast and coffee in one of the many cafes. Next a barber or hairdresser for a stylish look, then perhaps a purchase from one of the boutique clothing stores to find an outfit to match the hair. Everyone needs to eat so pick up some gourmet food to cook later or let someone else do the work in one of the area’s many restaurants. Have a legal issue? Pop in and see your lawyer then hit a bar to try and forget how much they charge an hour.
The Parade is also home to the Norwood Town Hall, and if you make your way up to the first floor you’ll discover the Norwood Concert Hall. Recently renovated it’s open for concerts, weddings, launches and more. Further along is the Odeon Theatre, a venue for children’s performances.
If you want to avoid the suburban gridlock on the Parade, head north to Magill Road. Slightly more chilled out it features a ’treasure trove’ of stores where you’re bound to find something slightly unusual. Explore antique stores, kooky homeware shops and furniture outlets.
Norwood welcomes it’s most visitors during the end of summer for Natuzzi the Parade Food, Wine and Music Festival. Supposedly 100,000 hungry and thirsty individuals hit the Parade for gourmet food, wine and live music. Not as popular the Norwood Christmas Pageant only attracts about 15,000 but they’re a whole lot better behaved.