Only 10 minutes from the Melbourne CBD Richmond is the suburb for shopaholics with an eye for a bargain. A casual stroll down Bridge Road and Swan Street will lead you to cheap designer factory outlets and quality seconds shopping.
One of Melbourne’s earliest settlements the suburb has undergone extensive gentrification since the 1990s. Alongside Victorian era terrace houses you’ll find warehouses converted to expensive units. Once an industrial and manufacturing area Richmond now offers locals and visitors the best in retail therapy.
There is more to Richmond though then cheap designer goods. If you’re hungry after a day shopping head to Victoria Street, otherwise known as Little Saigon. The centre of Melbourne’s Vietnamese community Victoria Street features restaurants, butchers, green grocers and fishmongers. If they eat it Vietnam - pho, banh mi or rice paper rolls - you’ll find an authentic and delicious version here.
When it comes to entertainment in Richmond it’s all about live music. The Corner Hotel on Swan Street is one of Melbourne’s most loved live music venues hosting local groups and touring overseas artists. Mick Jagger performed a secret show there, Crowded House took to the stage for one of their last shows and U2 filmed a music video at the bar. The Corner also features a rooftop bar - perfect for summer drinks.
The suburb also been immortalised on the big screen. Dogs in Space, an 80s cult film starring Michael Hutchence, told the story of Richmond’s shambolic punk music scene. Moving to the smaller screen Channel 9 studios can be found in the area.
Calling Punt Road Oval home the Richmond Tigers represent the Melbourne suburb in the national Aussie Rules competition. Formed in 1885 the team has developed rivalries with Carlton, Collingwood and Essendon over the years, so much so that any match between the big four will pack out the MCG. Bankruptcy nearly ruined the team in the 90s but fortunately they survived and continue to represent a suburb of shopping, food and live music.