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Out and about in Boroondara

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Teleisha Thomas

Teleisha Thomas

February 2024

The City of Boroondara is one of the oldest and most culturally diverse areas of Melbourne, made up of suburbs such as Hawthorn, Camberwell, Surrey Hills and Kew. For years Boroondara has been renowned for superb properties, easily accessible transportation, and a vast selection of prestigious schools. But Boroondara is so much more!

Over the last few years Boroondara has continued to grow and develop with a plethora of restaurants and cafés, local markets and shopping areas that offers something for everyone!

We are happy to share just a few of our favourite places to check out this year.

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Food & Drink

If you need a breakfast or lunch spot to get you through your days with a hint of caffeine, you can’t go past the Zoobibi Concept Store in Hawthorn, Joe Frank Café in Ashburton, Mr Hendrick’s in Balwyn or Adeney Milk Bar in Kew.

Jumping on another favourite making their way around TikTok is a new players on the Glenferrie Road strip, Piccolo Panini Bar serving up authentic style Italian paninis. We heard, we tried, and we can confirm these are a must try! Especially the Cotoletta panino. Just try it and you'll know why!

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Exercise

Our local gyms keep us in top shape all year long. There are a couple of new additions to the mix including Burwood Rd Hawthorns new Pilates studio Feel Good Pilates, and Orangetheory Fitness which offers a total-body group workout that combines science, coaching and technology for a whole-body workout.

The good old Boroondara Sports Complex still offers a huge range of facilities catering to a range of needs for the community. These include gymnastics for ages from 9 months and older, as well as birthday party venues, indoor soccer and netball courts, swimming pools with the option of swimming lessons and aqua aerobics and the highly anticipated gym facility with personal training services available.

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Weekend Activities

Our local council the City of Boroondara continues to work across Boroondara representing more than 170,000 people in the inner-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Not only are they concerned with matters close to our homes, such as building regulations and development, public health, local roads and footpaths, parks and playing fields, libraries, local environmental issues, waste disposal, and many community services, but they also offer many actives and events for the local community which are all detailed on their website here.

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Summer in the Park is back in February and March 2024. Over 6 weekends, with 16 events at 11 parks and gardens, experience live theatre, jazz, opera and more! Summer in the Park is one of Boroondara’s most loved series of arts and culture events. It features an exciting program of free events in our iconic parks and gardens. Guests can also enjoy several pop-up one-hour performances across Boroondara as part of this year’s ‘Bite Sized’ program of events and entertainment. Pack a picnic, gather your family and friends and head to our idyllic parks and gardens this summer! For full details click here

If you haven’t visited the Camberwell Sunday market yet, put it on your to-do-list. Every Sunday morning, the suburban car park behind Camberwell junction is transformed into a vibrant, sprawling hotbed for lovers of trash and treasure. The Rotary Club of Balwyn established the Camberwell Sunday Market in 1976 to fund a wide range of charitable causes, and the Sunday Market is now deeply embedded in the Camberwell social fabric. It has grown into a place that not only attracts people from the local community but from all over Victoria and abroad. According to The Rotary Club of Balwyn the Market features over 380 stalls and hosts over 250,000 locals, tourists, thrift shoppers, collectors and bargain hunters annually. From records to rings, buttons to boots, as long as it’s second-hand, antique or vintage, it’s sold here at the Camberwell Sunday Market.

Get on down every Sunday from 7am to 12.30pm and grab yourself not only a bargain, but fresh flowers and plants, and some tasty food from some local vendors.

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Supporting Local Business

Local Business contributes to our community in more ways than one, without it, our Boroondara community wouldn’t be what it is today. For more information on how you can support local business within Boroondara or where to find community businesses, go to www.lovelocallife.com.au.

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Check more of what these great local business offer at their socials:

@piccolo.paninibar

@joefrank_cafe

@zoobibi

@mrhendrickscafe

@adeney _milkbar

@feel_good_pilates

@orangetheorymelbourne

@cityofboroondara

@camberwell_Sunday_market

@boroondaralocal

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