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Comfortably settled between buzzy Hawthorn and vibrant Box Hill is the effortlessly chic suburb of Camberwell. It’s home to the Art Deco Rivoli Cinema, which was voted one of the world’s best cinemas, as well as many wonderful cafés, restaurants and markets. Quaint period homes and lush greenery line the notoriously charming streets.
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What’s Camberwell known for?
Camberwell Junction is the heart of the area. Filled with bustling shops and eateries, it also plays host to the famous Camberwell Sunday Market, the Camberwell Fresh Food Market and the long-standing Art Deco Rivoli Cinemas. Elsewhere in various pockets of the suburb, you'll find a selection of community favourite cafés and restaurants, small shopping strips, leafy streets and enchanting houses.
Why do the locals love it?
There’s a friendliness and familiarity to the area that makes you feel at home even if it’s your first visit. It also happens to boast a significant collection of the best cafés in Melbourne.
We asked one of the Camberwell Sunday Market organisers, David McFadyen from the Rotary Club of Balwyn, for a few of his area recommendations – so be on the lookout for those throughout this story.
How do I get to Camberwell?
Camberwell Junction, the main entertainment district of the suburb, is served by an abundance of public transport and plenty of parking space. Camberwell Station is right in the thick of things, and you can also rely on the number 70 tram to take you along Riversdale Road, the 75 tram along Toorak Road and the 72 tram along Burke Road. East Camberwell and Riversdale stations serve those going a little further.
Map of Camberwell
If you only do one thing…
Watch a flick at the beautiful art deco Rivoli Cinemas, making sure to first enjoy a glass of bubbly at the rooftop bar.