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An illustrated walk through Windsor

In the last few years, the stretch of Chapel Street between Princes Highway and High Street has blossomed into a dining and nightlife destination

By Delima Shanti
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When was the last time you visited Windsor? If you haven't been there in a while, check out our illustrated guide to this bustling stretch of Chapel Street. See what else is in Windsor in our area guide to Windsor

Windsor lead illustration
Illustration: Gilbert Walden

In the last few years, the stretch of Chapel Street between Princes Highway and High Street has blossomed into a dining and nightlife destination. Arguably, the boom started with Vietnamese diner Hanoi Hannah in 2012, and these days, some of the city’s most high-profile restauranteurs have set up shop on the strip. From Hawker Hall’s sought-after tables to late night cocktails at Thundercat, there’s plenty to keep you coming back. 

Hawker Hall Illustration
Illustration: Gilbert Walden

Hawker Hall

Restaurants Windsor

Come early to Chin Chin’s southside sister to avoid disappointment and you’ll be rewarded with a great beer list and a killer Malaysian hawker-style menu. Make sure you order the roti canai and economy noodle, they're the perfect fuel for dancing late into night elsewhere on Chapel Street.

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PIdapipo Windsor illustration
Illustration: Gilbert Walden

Pidapipó Windsor

Restaurants Ice cream and gelato Windsor

Top tip to picking a flavour at Pidapipo: don’t be afraid to choose one of Lisa Valmorbida’s unusual flavours like safron-risotto and avocado and lime (yes, really), and definitely don't skip on the Nutella tap. Got a special occasion on? The Pidapipo team now makes gelato cakes you can order and take home. 

Mr Miyagi lead illustration
Illustration: Gilbert Walden

Mr Miyagi

Restaurants Windsor

Mr Miyagi nails the whole dinner-with-cocktails thing with its Japanese-inspired grazing plates that fit the bill next to the restaurant's cocktails. After a quick snack before you go on your merry way? Visit the adjoining Yukie’s Snack Bar next door for drinks and bar snacks like the signature Nori taco.

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Tokyo Tina Illustration
Illustration: Gilbert Walden

Tokyo Tina

Restaurants Windsor

A dinner date at Tokyo Tina easily turns into three cocktails, so it’s a good thing you have their sister cocktail bar Thundercat next door pumping drinks from Thursday to Saturday. During the week, tuck into a delicious ramen or pick out a spread of delicious Japanese dishes at this funky restaurant and you'll soon see why they're so popular on Chapel Street. 

The Woods of Windsor Illustration
Illustration: Gilbert Walden

The Woods of Windsor

Restaurants Windsor

The vest-clad bartenders at Woods of Windsor do classic cocktails damn well. Throw back a couple of dirty Martinis and pretend you're one of the Mad Men characters (the beautiful glasses work), but leave room for a sip of the signature Woods Blazer cocktail and pay close attention to the bartenders making it – it sure is a fiery sight.

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Uncommon illustration
Illustration: Gilbert Walden

Uncommon

Restaurants Cafés Windsor

If you’ve spent the previous trawling through Windsor’s drinking spots or if you'd spent a good chunk of the previous night throwing shapes at Revolver, revive yourself with a breakfast salad, smoothie and coffee from this super zen café. You can thank us later.

Fonda Mexican Windsor illustration
Illustration: Gilbert Walden

Fonda Mexican: Windsor

Restaurants Windsor

Order a spread of tacos, ensaladas and quesadillas to share with the crew at this laid-back Mexican restaurant before you start along Chapel St for a night out. The menu is made for sharing and the aguas frescas in jars will make you feel like you're on a summer holiday no matter the time of year.

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The Wolf and I illustration
Illustration: Gilbert Walden

The Wolf and I

Bars Pubs Windsor

It can be hard to find a place without a queue in Windsor, so it’s good to know that this Scandi-cool pub and cocktail bar has enough room for everyone. Come to this all-occasions venue for a knock-off cocktail, weekend pint or weeknight pub meal.

There's plenty more to see in Windsor

Barista making coffee at Plenty Windsor
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Windsor area guide

Things to do

The Wild West end of Chapel Street has some great vintage stores to rummage around, edgy cafés, fantastic casual dining options and the gorgeous Art Deco Astor Theatre to collapse in afterwards for a triple bill of Indiana Jones or some such goodness.

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