Shopping on Swan Street and Bridge Road
Duration: 1-2 hours
Price Guide: $0-$unlimited, depending on how much shopping you do!
If you’d like to see the Gleadall St Market in action (the final stop on this tour) you’ll need to time your tour for a Saturday morning as the market finishes at 1pm each Saturday.
Catch a train to Richmond (Zone 1). From the city loop this should take approximately 10 minutes or five minutes on a direct train from Flinders Street Station.
At Richmond station, follow the signs that direct you to Swan Street. Exit down the ramp and turn left, past the car rental store. Pass under the railway bridge and continue walking.
Swan Street shops: Swan Street may not be as whacky as Chapel Street or as grand as Melbourne’s city centre, but it certainly holds its own when it comes to discount shopping. Many stores sell Australian fashion designers’ seconds or rejects so, if you know a good deal when you see one, you could nab yourself a serious bargain.
Bridge Road is parallel with Swan Street, but it’s about a 10-minute walk from one to another. If you wish to reach it, turn left onto Church Street and walk over the hill; the major road at the bottom is Bridge Road. You may turn left or right to explore. If you don’t want to walk, you can catch the 78 or 79 tram along Church Street to get you there.
Richmond Town Hall: If you turn right at the bottom of the hill you will see the Richmond Town Hall on your left. Inside, it hosts all of Bridge Road’s cultural information. Take note also of the bronze plaques on the buildings, which will provide you with some historical insight to this Heritage-classified area.
Continue down Bridge Road.
Corner of Bridge Road Church St: there are vast numbers of cafes, restaurants and bars to be sampled around this intersection, including venues offering Thai, Burmese, Malaysian and Lebanese cuisine. Sweet Bunny is a super-cute confectionery shop that should also be visited.
Adjacent to the Town Hall is Gleadell Street Market (open Saturdays 7am-1pm) where you will find a wide range of local seasonal produce being sold by the people who grew or made it.
Gleadall Street Market: Richmond’s Gleadell Street market on Saturdays is packed with seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, herbs, flowers and gourmet delights. The market is open 7am to 1pm every Saturday except Easter Saturday, Anzac day and two Saturdays over the Christmas period. The original Richmond market opened in 1873 and this market continues the traditions of farmers travelling to Richmond to sell their fresh produce.