Despite its enviable proximity to the heart of the city, Kew possesses the tranquil, secluded ambience of a rural oasis. Here, lush parklands and historic public gardens are connected by hilly, canopied streets and scenic bike paths. Explore the suburb’s magnificent streetscape, brimming with age-old trees, verdant landscaping and spectacular native flora. Nestled beside the Yarra River and the greenery that surrounds it, spend entire days immersed in the bushland of Studley Park, where the hustle and bustle of urban life couldn’t feel further away.
Alexandra Gardens —This sublime European-style gardens is a haven of ornate flowerbeds, heritage trees and perfectly manicured lawns, making it the ideal spot for a weekend picnic. A rotunda, lamp posts and picnic tables from the Victorian era imbue an enchanting old-world charm.
Studley Park — Encompassed by sprawling bushland, Studley Park is home to serene riverside trails, idyllic picnic spots, native wildlife, a pristine golf course and a historic Edwardian boathouse offering a cafe and rowboat hire.
Kate Campbell Reserve — Encircled by lush natives, Kate Campbell Reserve is a green retreat offering a children’s playground and several picnic amenities. Just a 4 minute stroll from Serene, it is bound to become something of a second backyard for residents.
Anniversary Trail — Meandering through the verdant inner-eastern suburbs, this 15.7km trail provides a scenic route for cycling, jogging and strolling alike. Running parallel with Earl Street, residents of Serene can access the trail with the utmost ease.
Bellbird Park – Peaceful, private and surrounded by birdlife, this riverside sanctuary is one of Kew’s best picnic spots. It’s also the home of Melbourne’s grey headed flying fox colony, seen hanging from the treetops.
Central to Kew’s main shopping strips as well as the covetable offerings of Hawthorn, Serene is conveniently placed for both weekly errands and retail therapy. Willsmere Village is just a 5 minute stroll from your doorstep, a lively hub equipped with an organic grocer, a supermarket, bakeries and boutiques – each one friendlier and more plentiful than the next. The Kew Junction is also only a stone’s throw away – home to everything you could ever need and more – or venture down to Church Street, Hawthorn, a beacon of retail, homewares and grocery spots.
The FLATIRON Label – Housed within a stunning heritage building, The FLATIRON Label is a trove of ethically-made garments, crafted jewellery pieces and quality footwear. The label was founded by sisters Sam and Pen, who were inspired to create versatile keepsakes for the ever-timeless wardrobe.
Three Birds Bakery – From golden-crusted croissants and glistening cinnamon scrolls to artisan loaves of bread and hearty vegetable pies, Three Birds Bakery is your local purveyor of all things baked.
Kew Organics – From bio-dynamic produce and raw treats to natural cosmetics and household goods, organic products abound at this local gem.
Oscar & Wild – Found within the Kew Junction, sophistication is at the essence of this fashion-forward boutique, home to a curated collection of pieces from some of the world’s finest designers.
Toscano’s Of Kew – Where premium produce combines with everyday pantry items, deli goods, readymade meals and flower bouquets, Toscano’s is Melbourne’s most beloved green grocer.
The Common Good – A stone’s throw away on Church Street, Hawthorn, The Common Good is an ethical grocer stocking organic produce, sustainable household goods and products from local makers.
The Woodsfolk – Tucked away on Church Street, The Woodsfolk is a colourful and light-filled gift shop brimming with beautiful pieces for the home, handmade accessories, unique lifestyle products and children’s toys.
Whether you’re seeking charcuterie over French wine, a perfectly-puffed pastry and an artisanal coffee, or a hearty plate of pasta enjoyed amongst convivial surrounds, Kew has something for everyone in the culinary realm. Whilst innately historic, the well-heeled suburb is always on the front foot when it comes to cultural innovation, boasting a world-class selection of eateries for all occasions. It’s also home to a number of timeless Melbourne dining institutions – restaurants that for years, have surpassed the ebb and flow of trends – resulting in a unique, varied hospitality landscape as diverse as Kew itself.
Willo Cafe – Willo Cafe is a cosy nook offering impeccable coffee, delicious food and great atmosphere in spades. The menu is geared towards comfort, boasting the likes of Dutch baby pancakes, haloumi burgers and apple & rhubarb waffles.
Mister Bianco – Kew’s culinary landscape comes to a peak at Mister Bianco, an intimate Sicilian restaurant owned by legendary restaurateur Joe Vargetto. Here, authentic food is enhanced by Italian wine and good ol’ European hospitality.
Frank & Harri – Part cafe, part patisserie, Frank & Harri is an oasis for the local sweet tooth. Whilst pastries and cakes are the main event, you can also score substantial savoury options like chicken sandwiches and smashed avo on toast.
Willsmere Station – Vibrant cafe by day, sleek wine bar by night, Willsmere Station is a versatile local favourite. Within chic interiors clad with terrazzo tiles and neon lights, enjoy Middle Eastern fare and a comprehensive list of imported wines.
Ora Kew – This family-owned establishment is Kew’s quintessential coffee hub, committed to providing exotic blends of beans and global-inspired brunches. More recently, the team opened Ora Smokehouse, partnering up with local farmers to provide melt-in-your-mouth meats.
Flatiron Side Door – Adjoining The FLATIRON Label boutique, this sophisticated space combines fine wine with exquisite food, beautiful design and artwork from Melbourne-based artist Robert Doble. Relax within opulent interiors or out in the lively courtyard.
Serviced by an efficient and extensive public transport network, travelling inbound can be done with the utmost ease from Serene – just stroll on down to a bus stop situated within metres of your doorstep. Peppered with prestigious schools boasting immaculate heritage grounds, Kew is Melbourne’s leading educational precinct, which only enhances its affluent air and ever-present sense of community. With recreational amenities aplenty including Kew Recreation Centre, residents of Serene will well and truly have everything they could ever need at their fingertips.
Transport – Just steps from the 302 and 305 bus stop, providing seamless links to the CBD, Serene’s residents are gifted with an enviable sense of connectivity to wider Melbourne. Traversing down High Street and through Hawthorn, East Melbourne and the city, the No.48 tram is also closely located.
Ruyton Girls’ School – Ruyton is one of Melbourne’s most highly-regarded schools for girls. Known for its nurturing, forward-thinking approach to education, it encourages each and every one of its students to flourish, whether they’re in kindergarten or Year 12.
Trinity Grammar – For almost 120 years, Trinity Grammar has been cultivating well-rounded, humble and empowered young men. In addition to academia, the school boasts one of Melbourne’s most exemplary co-curricular programs.
Xavier College – Xavier’s widely esteemed reputation is well-deserved. Giving each student the very best chance to thrive in their adult lives, the school combines an inspiring approach to education with world-class facilities and teachers.
Kew East Primary – Just a stone’s throw from Serene, Kew East Primary School provides the suburb’s youngest students with a rich, community-focused learning environment in which to grow and develop life long skills.
Kew Recreation Centre – Kew Recreation Centre is about to undergo a state-of the-art redevelopment, set to be complete by late 2022. This will provide residents of Serene with a swimming pool, gym facilities, classes, health services and beyond.