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TWr visits the epicentre of elegance & style


igh Street, Armadale, is one of Melbourne’s great shopping strips. It combines eclectic design with avant garde, history and heritage with modern and cutting edge, making every visit a voyage of discovery and excitement. If you haven’t strolled along High Street lately, then it’s time you did. From the Williams Road end in East Prahran to Glenferrie Road, Malvern, you can get lost in a world of antiques, art, jewellery, fashion and furniture. Along the way, make time to eat in one of High Street’s many cafés and restaurants: giant raspberry-tinged meringues to rival those of the famous Ottolenghi in London; frittatas and flatbreads to tantalise the taste buds; and a growing number of coffee shops. Then there are the boutiques selling one-off, quirky items for the house, and bridal shops – 12 at last count. From The Melbourne Wedding Registry through to jewellery and accessory shops and designers that grace the pages of fashion magazines, High Street is a one-stop bridal destination. The street even has its own website and Facebook page. High Street prides itself on its service, quality products, attention to detail and many loyal customers, but out-of-towners have also discovered its attractions.

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8 days 1184 HigH Street 9500 9711

Cina 1183 HigH Street 9824 4102

WoodstoCk 1150 HigH Street 9500 1483

thE mElBournE WEdding rEgistry 1124 HigH Street 9500 0933

BouChon 1102 HigH Street 9509 7222

CoopEr and milla’s 1094 HigH Street 9500 8127

grapEsEEd 1084 HigH Street 9500 2566

thomas dux 1068 HigH Street 9500 0889

tartinE 1035 HigH Street 9822 8849

phillippa’s 1030 HigH Street 9576 2020

oska WhytE 1013 HigH Street 9822 4004

BarCa Food and WinE 1007 HigH Street 9822 8515

snn luxury living SHoP 4, 960 HigH Street 9509 5589

partErrE 916 HigH Street 9576 3022

armadalE CEllars 813-817 HigH Street 9509 3055

ElitE applianCEs 729 HigH Street 9500 2424

Cadry’s 442 HigH Street (PraHran) 9510 7799

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Whatever you fancy, there is plenty to indulge the senses in High Street, Armadale. It’s Melbourne’s answer to Rodeo Drive, our most exclusive and stylish suburban shopping strip. It’s indulgent, it’s colourful, it’s elegant and it offers a whole world of beautiful and luxurious products ready to inspire you. High Street trades on its history, but it has had to evolve over the years. Many of its shops were built in the great 1880s building boom when the city was known as “marvellous Melbourne”. You only need to look up and see the Victorian pediments with dates such as 1891 and 1878 to see how old some of the structures are. At the turn of the 20th century, High Street was a vibrant local shopping centre with horses and carts, trams and cabs. Signs for fruiterers, greengrocers, and coal and coke merchants jump out from grainy old black-and-white pictures. Living and doing business was much quieter than it is today. Independent traders ran most of the shops. The local barber, the tobacconist and the confectioner’s shop were common among the Victorian buildings, with their verandahs held up by cast-iron posts. By the 1950s great swathes of High Street had become the site of business and light industry. Many plain, red-brick buildings faced the street, but inside there might have been a knitting mill, a scarf manufacturer or a sheet-metal business. The milk bar of the 1950s and ’60s was a great place for teenagers to meet and escape their parents. Sitting in booths, they sipped milkshakes with names such as Blue Heaven or bought two shillings worth of mixed lollies. There were coffee lounges such as Hernando’s and, closer to Glenferrie Road, The Green Man was famous for live folk music. If you went to the Green Man you were considered hip. Small private lending libraries, usually run by single ladies, were common along High Street. As late as 1960 the street was home to plumbers, dressmakers, a cistern manufacturer, a lawnmower manufacturer and several large storage facilities. There were ironmongers, petrol stations, an SEC (State Electricity Commission) substation, confectioners, panel beaters, knitting mills, printers, a raincoat manufacturer and radio repairer. Next to the landmark Orrong Hotel, D. Fergus was the local butcher, with George’s Seafoods and a sandwich bar nearby. Today, the Orrong Hotel remains, which probably says something about our drinking habits, but the butcher has gone. If locals want to buy meat now, they can shop at the boutique supermarket on the site of the old Armadale Hotel on the corner of William Street. Today you can take your pick from Thai, French, Italian, Japanese and Chinese restaurants, as well as pizza shops and coffee bars among the myriad places to eat on the strip. It’s hard to imagine High Street without its cafés and restaurants, but 50 years ago it was a culinary desert, with the exception of the traditional Chinese café; the Sun Sun Cafe was its name. Most likely it served the Australian “Chinese” staples of the era (chop suey and chicken chow mein) but it also did takeaway – if you brought a saucepan from home. The Malvern Cookery Nook, near the corner of Glenferrie Road, was known for its cakes, but the famous food venues were still decades away.

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The rise of suburban shopping centres meant that local shopping strips such as High Street lost their importance. High Street reinvented itself as a centre for art, antiques and a tourist and restaurant area that attracted visitors as well as locals. By the 1970s things were changing yet again. In the residential streets off High Street, the glorious Victorian houses were being bought and renovated by families who wanted to be near the city, transport and schools. High Street was now famous for antiques, second-hand goods, trinkets and furniture, much of which was bought by people renovating period homes. The street continues to change with the times. From antiques and second-hand goods, the shopping strip has moved to high-end fashion, exclusive boutiques, bridal shops, homewares, gourmet food and beauty. Day spas and shops that sell exclusive French products and clothes have arrived in the past decade. The manager of one homewares shop, in High Street for 11 years, said that his shop had evolved from selling antique prints to homewares, with speciality products mainly from France and Italy. “In this economic climate you have to have a point of difference,” he said. “A lot of homewares shops are beige and neutral. We do colour.” From street trees clipped into tight green topiary balls to cakes and meringues dripping with colour and elegant shop windows, High Street is anything but beige. It’s a place to stop, shop and soak in the atmosphere. \

eaT. drink. sHop photographs \ Eddie Morton & Darrian Traynor Historical images courtesy of \ Stonnington History Centre special thanks to \ David Tuck, team leader, Stonnington History Centre, and the traders of High Street for their generous input.

hat Eugene Notermans does not know about High Street, Armadale, could fit on the head of a pin. The owner of Hemden, an exclusive tailor making bespoke suits and shirts, Notermans is in his 39th year of business in High Street. His is one of the street’s longest-established businesses in the same ownership. He is a former chairman of the Inner-City Business Association and a committee member of the High Street Armadale Business Association. Notermans led his fellow traders in the fight against extended clearway hours in suburban shopping strips. In 2008 the state Labor government proposed extending clearway hours in suburban shopping streets from 7am to 10am and from 3pm to 7pm. High Street was the first to undergo the change. “From three o’clock in the afternoon you could have shot a gun down the street on the north side and not hit anyone,” Notermans said. “The impact was somewhere between a 15 to 18 per cent loss of business overall. “People of all different political persuasions came together to fight it.” The clearway battle led to a Supreme Court action that failed, but within two weeks of the Baillieu government being elected in 2010, extended clearway hours were dropped. People laughed when he decided to set up Hemden in High Street in 1974, Notermans said. “It was still quite industrial. There was a wholesale stationery business next door and a lot of the buildings just had brick fronts, but I thought it was an up-and-coming area,” he said. Today Hemden, which employs 12 people including tailors, machinists and pattern makers, makes hand-tailored clothes for a long list of local, interstate and overseas clients. Notermans is far too discreet and too savvy a businessman to reveal the names on that long list. But he will say they include “admirals” of industry and many “second-generation families” where fathers now bring their sons to buy clothes. He started Hemden after working as an engineer at textile company Bradmill in the early 1970s. “The writing was on the wall there because of globalisation and tariff reduction,” Notermans said. “I thought there was a niche to make shirts that were of the highest standards and tailored to fit perfectly.” Despite inroads from the internet, Notermans sees a bright future for High Street as long as it sticks to its objectives: l Extending the street’s appeal beyond locals. l Offering high-quality products. l Maintaining the commitment to exceptional service standards. l Providing a follow-up service that is second to none. \ Hemden \ Bespoke Tailors & sHirTmakers 1024-1026 HIgH STrEET By APPOINTMENT 9509 0933

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hopping for bridal attire, high-end designer homewares, major art purchases and luxury fashion garments aren’t fly-in fly-out sort of tasks. It’s critical to rest your heels after lengthy browsing and cool them, too, when confronted by expensive once-in-a-lifetime decisions. From heart-starting caffeine houses to hearty breakfast joints, gossipy lunchtime venues and elegant dining houses, High Street traders have every type of shopping respite covered. We’ve picked a few of our favourites.


Locals know the drill at Cooper and Milla’s, a providore café named after owner Amanda Reuben’s children. Squeeze into a seat along the narrow converted laneway, quote your table number from the flowerpot and wend your way back through the chattering mass to order at the counter. But that’s where everyone runs into trouble. The incredible array of sumptuous salads, tempting meals and divine cakes and pastries slows the system down. Will it be a house-made granola with poached rhubarb and rose yoghurt, a healthy lentil, sunflower and pomegranate-seed salad, a swirl of noodles tossed with roasted duck, a giant pink meringue or a towering hazelnut torte? Buy one, take two home. There’s a bit of retro Fitzroy chic to be had at Grapeseed, a three-year-old café with Italian leanings and a generous glass-and-metal-framed frontage. The relaxed menu includes classics such as pizza, risotto and

spaghetti bolognaise, but there’s a nod to modern café fare, too. Small tables at the front open to cosy dining spaces and more formal settings in the vast interior. Coloured walls and cushions help keep the mood relaxed, the atmosphere casual and the conversation flowing. For local workers, Oska Whyte is the company canteen. They know there’s a Mediterranean twist to much of the food here, but there are no hard and fast rules about it, serves are generous and the staff is easy-going. Regulars drop in for toasted Turkish breads, French omelets, pizzette, salads and smoothies. And there’s a rotating list of specials to keep things interesting. For serious shoppers keen to get back to business, the reasonably priced meals and speedy service are appreciated. With its wide front window and bare timber tables, elegant Barça Food & Wine maximises the impact of its heritage building. Open fireplaces have been retained and there’s a discerning use of modern art. Barca takes its name from Barcelona and chef Damien Burke takes

his inspiration from the food of Europe, giving it an Australian twist. Start with a selection from the tapas list – perhaps garlic prawns with black tomato and crusty bread, or mixed-bean empanadas with smoky aioli. The wine list includes a good by-the-glass offering and the generous bottle list offers a studious mix of oldand new-world wines. Another one to put on your list at the end of a long day’s shopping is Malaysian/Chinese restaurant Cina. Assured service, crisp, white tablecloths, a studious wine list and an impressive dim sum offering have ensured this venue is popular with locals celebrating special occasions. Malay, Thai, Indian and Singaporean dishes feature too, and there’s both a nod to tradition and modern cuisine. Further along High Street also try: the recently refurbished Mt Erica Hotel, built in 1853; the delightful Spoonful and next-door neighbour café Teaspoon; Italian bistro Cucina Vostra; Thai on High and classic Japanese restaurant Sozai. \

Cooper and Milla’s \ 1094 High Street, 9500 8127 BarÇa Food and Wine \ 1007 High Street, 9822 8515, Grapeseed \ 1084 High Street, 9500 2566 oska Whyte \ 1013 High Street, 9822 4004 Cina \ 1183 High Street, 9824 4102


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stop and smell the coffee take time out of your busy day to sit down, relax and recharge the batteries


reakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, if in your haste to hit the shops, you skipped it and are starting to flag, try one of these establishments for a quick pick-me-up or perhaps something a bit more substantial. You won’t be disappointed.



Woodstock \ 1150 High Street, 9500 1483 Bouchon \ 1102 High Street, 9509 7222 8 days \ 1184 High Street, 9500 9711


Woodstock has long held the mantle for good coffee in this strip. Weekday locals and weekend visitors still snare a cream bucket-style chair at laminated tables by the wide, folding windows at this cheery corner space, confident their Five Senses coffee will be lovingly brewed and prettily presented. The young, welcoming staff deliver hearty breakfasts such as Spanish eggs, ricotta pancakes or the Mrs Benedict with champagne ham, roasted tomatoes and hollandaise sauce. There are appealing lunch options and a tapas selection that starts at noon – best enjoyed in the upstairs courtyard on Friday or Saturday evenings. Newcomer 8 Days has captured loads of attention with its bright new fit-out, interesting menu and flashy Synesso espresso machine. The team here is using Five Senses coffee too – the Crompton Road house blend and a regular Ethiopian Yirgacheffe single origin. And it’s determined to be noticed. There’s plenty of space at small, intimate tables, a big communal setting or out on the pavement, and customers are happily lingering for a second brew. There’s a quiet achiever on High Street, too. Bouchon, an understated little pit stop in the centre of this strip, is serving up quality St Ali and Sensory Lab coffee with care. The parquetry floors, classic café chairs and a monochromatic colour scheme might not be quite as showy as the neighbours’ venues, but the quality of the brews is impressive. The breakfast menu offers plenty of choice – try the sourdough bruschetta with avocado, cherry tomato, bacon, basil, onion, goat’s cheese and lemon olive oil dressing, or perhaps the mixed-berry crepes. At lunch, there’s a multicultural array, from chilli prawn linguini to nasi goreng. Also try the Allpress coffee at Cooper and Milla’s from the La Marzocco machine surrounded by a cornucopia of tempting treats at the counter. Just a few doors down at Phillippa’s, famous for its quality breads, there’s Jasper coffee in a specially roasted house blend. Phillippa’s Phabulous blend is a combination of four different beans, including Australian and Kenyan varieties, and is available in take-home bags. At Oska Whyte there’s good Toby’s Estate coffee and at Tartine there’s Gravity coffee on tap.



Is High Street the provisions capital of Melbourne? With some of the top names in catering, baking, fresh ingredients and wine, it could well be. End a big shopping day with a last treat – a fabulous take-home meal from one of the quality local providores. Thirty-year-old Tartine has been the backbone of society lunches in Armadale for 30 years. Owner Jan Maskiell has been running this “tuckshop” and take-home catering business for the past 28 years. There’s an elegant French feel to the gaily tiled interior that locals love and the popular pavement seating is always full. Tartine feeds residents in Armadale and surrounds – and their friends – at picnics, race meetings, parties and celebrations with style. Translated from French, Tartine means “snack”, and the shelves and fridge windows groan with ready-to-serve tarts, salads and cakes. Eat in or take them home. “Tartine has remained popular because it’s always up with food trends, but we never forget the classics,” says Jan. Phillippa Grogan opened Phillippa’s Bakery and Provisions Store in 1994, keen to offer locals their daily bread, cheese, eggs, biscuits and olives. Pastries and lunches are on offer at one of the tiny tables inside or on the footpath. There’s a European bakery feel to the interior and shelves are crammed with Phillippa’s constantly expanding range of products such as chocolate truffles, biscotti, muesli, spiced nuts, dukkah, jams and condiments. But it’s the beautifully baked bread that has helped build its lasting reputation. Sure, Cooper and Milla’s is a fabulous place to lunch, but if you just want to enjoy the comfort of home after a hard day at the shops, it’s the perfect place to buy a meal that will appease the family. Pick up some house-made gnocchi drenched in rich tomato sauce, the daily tart or a selection of divine salads and the evening’s your own. The fresh ingredient bounty at Thomas Dux Grocer seems endless. From the fresh-produce stalls to the quality deli and freezer sections offering healthy, organic and gluten-free choices, there’s sure to be something to add to your evening feast. Perhaps some pre-dinner snacks, an after-meal cheese-and-crackers treat, a frozen dessert or some fabulous fresh fruit and ice-cream. Fine-wine merchant Armadale Cellars has been run by owner Phil Hude for more than 15 years and has a reputation for procuring the city’s finest wines. Not only does this treasure trove stock rare and hard-to-fine wines, it also offers wine appreciation, beer and palate-training courses, wine events, wine-storage solutions and quality stemware. There’s sure to be just the right drop to celebrate a significant purchase, or simply to complement a take-home meal. \


tartine \ 1035 High Street, 9822 8849 thomas dux \ 1068 High Street, 9500 0889 armadale cellars \ 813-817 High Street, 9509 3055 PhilliPPa’s \ 1030 High Street, 9576 2020

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