If you're looking for a place where you can shop gourmet groceries, pick up fresh flowers and then settle down for coffee and brunch – and also bring your dog – well, you have to make your way to Jurong to the idyllic lifestyle destination Surrey Hills Grocer. The name of the place is an ode to two places in Australia – the leafy Eastern suburb in Melbourne and the vibrant inner-city suburb of Surry Hills in Sydney which is known for its hip café culture. And this spot in Jurong is also very much inspired by those two places in Australia. You'll see this in the rustic and warm decor and atmosphere in the store from the moment you enter.
Grocery shopping is not just a chore here as the space invites you to slow down, enjoy and relax in the experience. Most of the produce and products you will find are Australian-made and grown. Shop the likes of Rich Glen Olive Oil, a family-owned business that produces olive-oil-based food and also has its own skincare range and Koko Black, a popular Australian chocolate brand.
Over at the bistro, you are encouraged to honour every farmer that has worked hard to contribute to your dish. Find pasta dishes, sandwiches, burgers and also croffles – grub that is family friendly. Coffee snobs, you'll be glad to know that they serve Proud Mary coffee here – a well-regarded name in the excellent Melbourne café scene.