About Elsternwick

Historic Elsternwick
Elsternwick street view

Experience Elsternwick Village

Nestled between Elwood and Caulfield, just 9kms south of Melbourne CBD, Elsternwick is the perfect place for a daytime or evening adventure, combining old-world charm with modern indulgence.

Located on Glen Huntly Road, and connected by the Sandringham train line and 67 tram, Elsternwick is just a short ride away and offers a diverse range of bakeries, restaurants, fashion boutiques, and plenty more. With more than 200 businesses, there’s something for everyone.

Enjoy a coffee and meal at one of Elsternwick Village’s many cafes and restaurants, take in an arthouse feature film at the independently-operated Classic Cinema, picnic in one of the many nearby green spaces, including the iconic Rippon Lea House and Gardens, or grab some takeaway and head to the beach 10 minutes down the road.

The historic main street comprises many long-running family businesses set among newer arrivals in an environment with a strong community feel. It combines historic architecture with modern design, fostering a charismatic and dynamic atmosphere.

Be sure to stop by and discover what makes Elsternwick Village an engaging cultural feast for the senses and the mind.

Fine dining
Bang Bang
Hanoi Hannah
After the tears outside
Caulfield RSL in Elsternwick
People watching a movie
Classic Cinema posters

Eats and entertainment

Thanks to its highly diverse community, Elsternwick has become a cosmopolitan gastronomic locale. It’s a fantastic place for brunch with many artisan cafes and bakeries dotted along Glen Huntly Road, and with more than 30 restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world, Elsternwick is spoilt for choice when it comes to dining.

Looking to meet up with friends for a few drinks and nibbles? Set in an historic building in the heart of Elsternwick Village, Bang Bang at the Rifle Club offers a great menu of cocktails, tap beers, bar snacks and small sharing plates. It’s a perfect spot for Friday night social gatherings. Hanoi Hannah offers delicious Vietnamese street eats at affordable prices. Eat in to experience an authentic dining atmosphere or takeaway to enjoy the flavours at home – both menus are good. Polish vodka bar and restaurant After the Tears offers a stellar selection of vodka infused drinks as well traditional Polish foods. Be sure to try the dumplings and sharing platters.

Following a meal, why not enjoy a film? The Classic Cinema is an Elsternwick institution, featuring arthouse films alongside the mainstream blockbusters, which also plays host to the annual Jewish International Film Festival in October/November.

In the mood for some live music? The Caulfield RSL (located on St Georges Rd, Elsternwick) holds a variety of events including The Flying Saucer Club, which offers weekly performances by Australian and international acts.

Elsternwick Plaza
Elsternwick Library
Elsternwick train station

Local attractions and amenities

Elsternwick offers a range of amenities and attractions, including a library, a train station, the Elsternwick Plaza which hosts many great Elsternwick events, and much more.

Elsternwick train station makes getting here a breeze, providing easy access to the heart of Elsternwick. The station is located on the Sandringham line and the journey is only 15 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD.

Enjoy some time out or grab a bite to eat and head to Elsternwick Plaza – the area, adjacent to Elsternwick station, provides a great meeting spot and gives visitors the chance to experience the open-air atmosphere of Elsternwick’s vibrant shopping precinct.

Take a short walk or hop on a tram to nearby Rippon Lea Estate, a Romanesque mansion surrounded by a 14 acre picturesque garden. Enjoy a stroll around the gardens while taking in the historic site which is a culturally significant to the area.