Prahran

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After our afternoon by the seaside we took the tram over to the trendy district of Prahran, which is about 5 km south west of the CBD.

At the end of the 19th Century and the early part of the 20th Century the area was a major shopping centre with large stores, rivalling Melbourne city centre. However, after WWII it started to become run down, with the large shops becoming abandoned and derelict. In the 1970’s it started to become gentrified attracting “bohemian” types and a large gay community. Today it’s a popular area with a mix of upscale fashion boutiques, bookstores and music shops and lots of cafés, bars, restaurants with a very active nightlife and a look of “trendy dilapidation”

I loved this former temperance hotel – now a bar selling alcohol.

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We decided we’d like to eat out and were spoiled for choice. There’s an incredible selection of places to eat with almost every type of cuisine you can think of available. It was hard to choose, but we plumed for a contemporary take on Chinese food at the Oriental Teahouse on Chapel Street – the main thoroughfare.

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where we had a rather excellent meal

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