A quiet achiever in the world of hospitality, Ashburton is well on its way to becoming one of Melbourne’s prominent foodie hubs. Within The Village – located just 650m from your doorstep – a thriving cafe scene awaits you with scrumptious food, even better coffee and beautifully designed interior spaces. From the chic surrounds of Mr Burton and Joe Frank to the homey vibe of The Corner Deli, there’s something here for your every craving.
If it’s an evening soiree you seek, there’s no shortage of restaurants in the Ashburton neighbourhood. Coriander Thai Kitchen is a local favourite for authentic dishes enhanced by friendly service, or head to Taylor Made Eatery, an all-day diner serving tasty tacos and gourmet burgers.
Blending community atmosphere with cosmopolitan finesse, Ashburton is a charming destination for a good dose of retail therapy. Whether you’re revamping your wardrobe, adding to your plant collection, restyling your living room or purchasing a gift for a loved one – The Village’s plentiful array of locally-owned stores is guaranteed to have just the thing.
A fresh food haven, The Village offers an abundant and convenient destination for your weekly grocery rounds. Equipped with quality fruit shops, premium butchers, bountiful bakeries, an IGA, and with Woolworths Ashwood only a stone’s throw away, rest assured you’ll never have to travel far for whatever it is you need.
Nothing brightens up a room – or says ‘I love you’ – like a beautiful bunch of flowers. A local treasure, Nina’s Flowers specialises in handcrafted bouquets made from freshly picked blooms. No matter the occasion or time of year, the florists here will go above and beyond to make sure your purchase perfectly caters to your needs.
Silvermaple Boutique is home to a curated collection of timeless garments for the discerning women of Ashburton. Here, peruse wearable yet fashion-forward pieces from some of Australia’s leading designer brands. Friendly and knowledgable staff are committed to helping you find the ensemble of your dreams.
If you consider yourself to be a bit of a green thumb, you’ll feel right at home at The Branche – an emporium of all things green and beautiful. In addition to rare and exotic plant species, the store sells handcrafted ceramic pots, unique gifts, fresh flowers and gorgeous floral artwork.
Offering old-school Italian service and an extensive variety of products, Top Shelf Fruits is an iconic fresh food destination. Established by Joe & Jason Russo, a pair of 3rd generation fruiterers, along with their dad Salvatore, the store abounds with premium fruit and veg, pantry essentials, gourmet take-home meals and imported deli goods.
From European cheeses and handmade condiments to artisanal sourdough and hearty pies, The Corner Deli is a beacon for fine food products. If you’d like to grab a bite to eat, the store is famous for its ‘Lunch Bar’, which comprises a diverse array of sandwich ingredients including fresh produce and salami.
Offering an extensive variety of pantry items, high quality produce and a premium liquor selection, Ashburton IGA is a one-stop shop for any last minute grocery needs. The store prides itself on employing helpful staff who always greet you with a smile.
Offering an array of imported deli goods including cured meats, sauerkraut, French cheese and polish cakes, Taste of Europe is a haven of all things gourmet and delicious, enhanced by incredibly helpful staff. Take your grazing platters to new heights with their high-quality assortment of ingredients.
Having undergone a recent expansion, Woolworths Ashwood is now the second biggest Woolies in Melbourne, and has all the variety you could ever need for your weekly grocery shop. There’s even a fresh sushi bar in-store if you need to refuel after you’ve done the rounds.
Whether you’re after a loaf of bread for the week, a homemade pie for the family, a salad sandwich for lunch or an assortment of gourmet cakes, Ashwood Bakery has you covered. If you’re in a rush in the morning, they also do coffee and filling breakfast options like egg and bacon rolls.
For fragrant and authentic Thai dishes enjoyed amongst cosy yet sophisticated interiors, head to local favourite, Sweet Tamarind. Must-try dishes include the Stewed Massaman Curry, the Fish Choo Chee and their signature dish, the Sweet Tamarind Prawn. Wash it down with a glass of wine, a ginger tea or a zesty fruit cocktail.
Simple, quality ingredients are a hallmark at this popular local spot. With fresh sushi rolls made daily along with authentic sashimi lunch packs, humble Ashburton Sushi never fails to deliver on delicious and affordable Japanese delights. One of the most beloved lunch spots in the village, be sure to call ahead to secure your favourite dish in advance.
If you’re a sweet tooth, expect to become a regular visitor at local ice creamery, Lickt. In addition to their famous homemade gelato made with all natural ingredients, you’ll find a cabinet brimming with brownies along with mouth-watering thick shakes and impeccable coffee to go. Treat yourself.
With Ashburton Park on your doorstep, Warner Reserve at your fingertips and Markham Reserve just minutes away, opportunities for outdoor recreation are rife as a resident of Chapter. Enjoy tranquil days amongst native vegetation, off-leash time with your canine companion and regular picnics with your loved ones. If you’re someone who likes to stay active, Ashburton’s sporting facilities will ensure you can do so with the utmost ease. Join the local footy club at Markham Reserve, swim laps at Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre or ride your bike along the leafy Anniversary Trail, located just 750m from your doorstep.
Equipped with a roll call of prestigious schools and an efficient public transport network, Ashburton is a picture of suburban convenience. Following a $25 million rebuild that left it with state-of-the-art facilities and a phenomenal science centre, Ashwood High is now regarded as one of Melbourne’s leading state schools. For those just starting out on their educational journey, Ashburton Primary School is a nurturing, dynamic and community-minded hub renowned for its exceptional teachers and immaculate historic grounds. Whilst you’ll rarely find reasons to leave your locale, Ashburton’s impeccable public transport system will make it convenient to do so. Stroll 700m down the road to Ashburton Station, where a train on the Alamein line will take you to the CBD in under 40 minutes.
In addition to a gym area complete with state-of-the-art equipment, the centre offers a diverse range of group fitness classes for all ages and fitness levels. There are over 100 classes a week available, from boxing and stationary cycling to meditation and aqua aerobics.
With both indoor and outdoor pools as well as a warm water pool, toddler play pool, two spas and a sauna, the centre is guaranteed to have an aquatic facility suitable for every need. A variety of swimming classes and activities are available for all age groups, ensuring you’ll be channeling your inner Phelps in no time.
If playing with a team is your cup of tea, multiple stadiums are available to book for a range of sports including basketball, netball, soccer, futsal, volleyball and badminton. Engage in a bit of healthy competition and have fun whilst you do so.
For those in pursuit of a dedicated trainer, a host of experienced personal trainers are available to suit any fitness level. Through an individualised program guaranteed to keep you motivated, experience an increased sense of health and wellbeing as you smash your fitness goals.
The centre fosters a holistic approach to health by offering additional wellness services such as massage, physiotherapy and exercise physiology as well as mindfulness and nutrition programs. Members will leave feeling nourished from the inside out.
Whether you require childcare during your exercise session, day to day, or during the school holidays, the centre has you well and truly covered. Employing a caring, honest and responsible approach, a fully qualified team of educators and carers ensure your child is in capable, experienced hands.