Affluent and elegant — Armadale continues to be one of Melbourne’s most sought-after suburbs. About seven kilometres from the CBD, this quaint but alluring section of the city holds a rich past, its streets a formation of historic mansions guarded by topiaries, charming terrace and period homes, and a new wave
of designer apartments.
Over the past decade there has been a concerted peak of professional young couples and families who crave close proximity to the CBD seeking to enter Armadale’s market. Its impressive fusion of humility and luxury is no secret.
Arcadian’s location simply offers it all — leading cafes and lavish shopping strips other postcodes envy, sporting lawns and clubs, and access to some of the most prestigious schools in the city. Armadale is lush with transport options: trains, trams and buses are at every corner, while easy access to Dandenong Road and High Street connects the suburb with the entirety of Melbourne.
Food of all sorts —
Cooper and milla’s
Walk don't run
fine, innovative and classic.
Union St Gardens
Built For Families
A familial energy flows throughout Armadale, exemplified in the sheer choice of primary schools, right down to child-friendly cafes. Cubbyhouse Canteen Park at the Union Street Gardens is a top spot to visit with the kids, catering for the little ones, beyond imagination.
Tiny stairs assist tiny people up to a canteen window, making it easy for them to order all on their own. Baby chinos with faces made of chocolate syrup and marshmallows are available, as well as creative animal-themed biscuits — making for a cafe visit to excite both kids and adults.
Some of the city’s best schools are easily accessible from Arcadian. St Michael’s Grammar School is found in nearby St Kilda and Caulfield Grammar School in St Kilda East. Single sex education options are also present, including Armadale’s Lauriston Girls’ School and Toorak’s Loreto Mandeville Hall, while De La Salle College is around the corner Malvern.
Armadale is also impeccably connected. Armadale and Malvern stations are both within walking distance of Arcadian, while the No. 64 tram travels down Dandenong Road.
Armadale Town hall
Travel seamlessly –
Tram no. 64
to every part of the city.
A desire to seek out the newest restaurant or cafe opening is engrained in many of Armadale’s locals. Restaurants plating up everything from modern Australian to French dishes are speckled throughout the suburb. Talented baristas churn out cups of coffee at the endless selection of cafes — crowd favourites include Moby, Mammoth and Walk Don’t Run. The tricky part is choosing which one to visit.
Cooper and Milla’s window is filled with freshly made salads and sandwiches, while slices and cakes decorate the inside counter. Stocked Food Store sells premium ingredients from local producers and food made in-store including stocks, soups, sauces, salads and savoury tarts. Sagra is another fine food powerhouse, housing a restaurant, bar and an alimentari featuring a vast selection of European imported cold meats, cheeses and smallgoods. Cannings Free Range Butchers sells ethically farmed meat and seafood — as well as an impressive array of sauces and condiments to accompany anything and everything.
Local produce —
transformed into brilliance.
Armadale’s retail scene has a versatile beauty to it, hosting boutiques for those extra special shopping days alongside shops for everyday. Antiques and collectables, art galleries, beauty stores and bridal boutiques make up Armadale’s iconic slice of High Street, heralded as a strong advocate of all things designer. Camilla and Marc, búl, Zimmermann, Jac + Jack, Ryder and Bianca Spender are just a sliver of stores that form the area.
For speedier shopping sessions, there is the reliable Malvern Central situated on Wattletree Road. David Jones, Bed Bath N’ Table, French Connection, Peter Alexander, The Athlete’s Foot and Woolworths are found in the centre. Capital Kitchen is also located in the middle of it all, for when you are almost shopped out and in dire need of a caffeine or food refuel.