The inner-city suburb of Richmond is located 3km east of Melbourne’s city centre. The suburb sits between East Melbourne and Hawthorn, across the Yarra River from South Yarra. Richmond was named after Richmond Hill in London.
This diverse suburb has been the subject of gentrification since the early 1990’s. Today it contains an eclectic mix of expensively converted warehouse residences, public housing high-rise flats as well as terrace houses from the Victorian-era. The residential segment of the suburb exists among a lively retail sector.
The suburb is well known for its popular factory outlets along almost the entire two km length of Bridge Road. It remains an attraction to the area, and is the hub of this commercial centre. Swan Street is another popular thoroughfare frequently referred to as a smaller version of Bridge Road. Dimmey’s department store and its ornate clock tower dominates Swan Street. The street is filled with cafes, fashion stores, pubs and entertainment venues making it a lively destination both day and night.
When it comes to shopping and eating, you’ll have plenty of choice. Retail outlets will keep any bargain hunter happy and the two large under cover shopping malls provide an escape from the cooler winter weather. Charming cafes, popular restaurants as well as a huge variety of pubs and hotels line the streets of Richmond. Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre is another modern large complex situated in the inner eastern suburb.
The suburb is well known for its vibrant and popular Little Saigon area along Victoria Street. This market-type shopping strip is the heart of the Vietnamese Community, and offers a fantastic array of fresh Asian food and dining experiences.
Parks & Gardens
Richmond has a handful of attractive parks and gardens, perfect for leisurely walks and picnics. The Yarra River forms the eastern and southern boundary of Richmond whilst also providing a tranquil area for walkers. The Capital City Trail walkway and bicycle track follows the Yarra River which skirts the edges of Richmond as part of its 32 kilometre loop around Melbourne’s inner suburbs.