This great 4km walk takes you past a huge variety of grocers, butchers, bakers and every other food supplier you can think of! Plus parks, a library, train station and public toilets.
Springvale, located in Melbourne’s outer southeast, is a vibrant reminder of the sophisticated ethnic cuisines to be found far from the city’s contemporary multicultural dining sanctuaries. Home to a thriving community of Vietnamese, Chinese, Cambodian and Laotian migrants, Springvale is a suburb of honest, unglamorous hustle and bustle. Springvale promise low prices, mouth-watering snacks and some of the city’s most interesting fresh produce (www.broadsheet.com.au).
Although you have turned off the main road the action only seems to intensify as you are immediately surrounded by bustling people and shops.
This huge market has a vast array of food options, it takes up most of the block between Buckingham, Windsor, St. Johns and Balmoral avenues. It is open from 10am to 6pm 7 days a week.
Milan Tea House is tucked in a laneway between Springvale Rd and Buckingham Ave. It has a huge selection of Chinese teas. Purple clay, tea sets, hand craft and Chinese paintings.
Bun Bun Bakery , a very popular bakery specialising in meat and salad rolls, is one of many Vietnamese bakeries along this walk.
After the hustle and bustle of Springvale Rd and Buckingham Ave it is nice to veer off onto this nice quite suburban street on the way to the park.
Norman Luth Reserve is a big park with 2 soccer grounds, 2 BBQ areas, big playground and a walk/running gravel track around the perimeter.
You can stop in at the library, to borrow a book, use the internet or simply read the paper – there are also public toilets inside. There is a playground and picnic area out the back.
The flower garden in the entry way to the Springvale Town Hall and Council Chambers is a very pretty spot to sit down and watch the world go by.
This book inspired sculpture is the footpath in front of Springvale Rise Primary School, I am sure it is encouraging the kids to read more!
The easiest way to get to Springvale is by public transport, the station is right in the middle and has lots of services to Melbourne CBD and suburban Melbourne.