South Yarra

Clean glass facades, designer labels, and velvet ropes characterise this destination for classy cocktails.

High heels and designer leather boots click down the long catwalk of Chapel Street past high price tags in South Yarra's boutiques. Just off the main thoroughfare, independent shops and cafes share the block with preserved mansions and art deco flats. When the sun sets, velvet ropes part outside posh nightclubs and glasses clink inside swanky cocktail lounges.

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On the Map

South Yarra is bordered by South Melbourne, Albert Park, Burnley, Toorak, Richmond, Prahran/Windsor, and Southbank

Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine): 50 minutes by public transit or 30 minutes by taxi
Flinders Street Station/Federation Square: 10 minutes by public transit
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG): 25 minutes by public transit
Royal Botanic Gardens: 20 minute walk

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Shop 'Til You Drop

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Chapel street is a shopper's paradise.

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Every corner has a new designer label.

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Or a new designer look.

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Friends gather to talk shop.

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Shopping in South Yarra is a perfected art.

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The neighbourhood offers ample opportunity to eat well and look good, too.

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These heels were made for shopping and that's just what they'll do.

Toorak Road and Tree-lined Parks

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Tudor themed buildings grace Toorak road.

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The area's green spaces are therapeutic after a long day of retail therapy.

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There's always a riverside ride for the outdoor-inclined.

Prahran Market

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This neighbourhood fixture is Melbourne's hub for fresh fare.

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Sleek cafes are adorned with market lights and caffeinated denizens.

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Each season brings a new gastronomic fete, from cherry festivals to sustainable seafood celebrations.

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Don't forget to bring home flowers.

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Or a basket to carry your organic market finds. If you find yourself in South Yarra, you'll feel right at home.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Marnie Hawson

Marnie Hawson is a freelance photographer from the Macedon Ranges just outside Melbourne. She works mostly with small businesses shooting interiors, food, products, people, places and even weddings. Once an environmental scientist, the attraction of working for herself and with other like-minded people drew her into the world of small business and start-ups.