Surprisingly good places to eat
Chadstone is home to two food courts and more than a dozen cafes and restaurants, so there’s no shortage of places to take a break. Vegetarian fast food outlet Lord of the Fries has a branch, and there’s no less than six take-away sushi stores. In terms of sit-down eateries, Koko Black and Lindt Café will satisfy your sweet cravings and the communal benches at Wagamama, open for lunch and dinner daily, are always in demand.
Surprisingly interesting things to do
The largest shopping centre in the country calls itself ‘’Australia’s fashion capital’’ and its most of its upper level is devoted to luxurious labels. It’s fun to people-watch in the likes of Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co – even if the goods are well out of your price range.
There is also a range of day spas and beauty services, plus (admittedly expensive) in-centre stylists to ensure everything you leave with suits your frame and complexion, daaaarling.
Surprisingly good shops
FAT has branches on Brunswick and Chapel Streets; its Chadstone store offers the same range of on-trend casual wear and accessories (think Cheap Monday, Asuza and Status Anxiety). Elsewhere, there are Zara and Apple stores and a fresh food wing featuring Jones the Grocer. Try not to let your mouth water as you browse the imported artisan groceries, freshly baked pastries or the walk-in cheese room.
When evening comes
Chadstone has several restaurants open until midnight on weekends, and a 17-screen Hoyts Cinema including a luxurious La Premiere theatre. You don’t expect to find a bowling alley in every shopping centre you visit, but there’s one here – an AMF centre with 24 lanes, an amusement centre and even glow in the dark bowling. It’s open until late daily.
In the area
With easy access via the Monash Freeway and Warrigal Road, Chadstone is smack-bang in the middle of suburbia. There’s not much within walking distance, but it’s a short drive from Brighton Beach, Elsternwick’s historic Rippon Lea House & Gardens and the bars and nightlife of St Kilda.