A day on Beatty Ave

Stretched out alongside Toorak train station, Beatty Avenue is something of a local secret. Its narrow street and converted Victorian buildings make for a village-like vibe, and there’s an eclectic mix of businesses to explore. We take a look at the best ways to spend your time on Beatty, from morning through to night.

Morning

Whether you prefer to start the day with caffeine or a gentle work out, The Beatt’s got you sorted. With an organic café serving nutritious breakfasts and lunches to one side and a yoga studio on the other, the focus here is wellbeing.

We aim to offer an open, accessible and beautiful urban hub where nutrition, health and wellness services are all available in one place,” explains The Beatt’s Georgia Dyer. “We believe that caring for our health and wellbeing doesn’t need to be a sometimes thing, or an occasional detox – we hope to help make it an everyday part of people’s lives.

Their team of yoga teachers specialise in a range of styles, there are on-site practitioners available for appointments, including a psychologist, reflexologist and nutritional therapist, and The Beatt even coordinates workplace wellness programs.

Day

Boutiques are in abundance on Beatty Ave. From homewares to high fashion, shopaholics can easily wile away a day traipsing from one to the next.

Knitwear label Cable has snug designs alongside dressier pieces and merino basics, as well as a range for babies and toddlers. At Elvie & Leo, shop for individual classic pieces or become a member, get styled by a professional and have a collection curated for you.

CUVA is a swimwear label that offers stylish bathers and beachy outfits that have SPF 50+ protection. Shop for French linens and Parisian décor at Beatty & Rose, a concept store that also carries quirky jewellery, silk sleepwear and clothes by ethical brand 3rd Story.

Michelle Kindness Design is a homewares boutique owned by interior designer Michelle Kindness, and it’s full of luxe designs inspired by her travels to Provence.

Night

When the sun goes down, Beatty Avenue lights up and its restaurants open their doors. There are flavours for all kinds of palettes, and even a spot for a pre- or post-meal drink.

Toorak Cellars is a bottle shop that doubles as a wine bar; start or end your night here. The team behind the bar is responsible for a number of sophisticated-yet-relaxed venues around Stonnington, including The Alps in Windsor and Malvern’s Milton Wine Shop. This Armadale watering hole has a warm, intimate feel: small lamps cast a soft glow over window bench seats and cosy tables, and exposed brick walls match an open fireplace that’s put to use during cooler months.

Earlier this year, Japanese diner Sonny Chiba opened for business with chef Jun Ha Park (previously of Nobu) at the helm. The menu balances traditional and familiar dishes with its own experimental ones. Its cool fit-out includes skinny-legged, pale timber chairs lined up alongside matching tables, long benches and sleek light fixtures. Don’t walk away if you turn up and it looks full; there are two more dining rooms upstairs. There’s a select sake list as well as several bespoke cocktails, plus wine and beer.

Pizza is worshiped just a little way up at Pizza Religion. As well as classics like margherita and pepperoni, the menu has a range of gourmet options, such as chilli prawn with garden peas, ricotta and salsa verde, or roasted mushrooms with taleggio, thyme, caramelised onion and balsamic glaze. On Sundays between 4pm and 6pm, kids eat for free.

There’s a decidedly French tone to elements of Beatty Ave – several of the stores specialise in Gallic goods – and bistro Chez Bob keeps the trend going with fine French dining. The menu features iconic dishes like escargots, onion soup, and steak with pomme frites, and for dessert, there crème brulee, crepes, and, of course, fromage.

Images courtesy of Toorak Cellars, Sonny Chiba (photographed by Pete Dillon) & The Beatt (photographed by Tatjana Plitt)

“We aim to offer an open, accessible and beautiful urban hub where nutrition, health and wellness services are all available in one place,” explains The Beatt’s Georgia Dyer.

Their team of yoga teachers specialise in a range of styles, there are on-site practitioners available for appointments, including a psychologist, reflexologist and nutritional therapist, and The Beatt even coordinates workplace wellness programs.


Toorak Cellars is a bottle shop that doubles as a wine bar; start or end your night here. The team behind the bar is responsible for a number of sophisticated-yet-relaxed venues around Stonnington, including The Alps in Windsor and Malvern’s Milton Wine Shop.

Japanese diner Sonny Chiba opened for business with chef Jun Ha Park (previously of Nobu) at the helm. The menu balances traditional and familiar dishes with its own experimental ones.

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