How to spend the perfect day in Essendon


A stone’s throw from the Maribyrnong River, the suburb of Essendon blends affluence and familiarity with a fantastic range of activities and eateries. Between hot yoga classes and hidden courtyards, there is plenty to be discovered! Hop on the train and try our picks for spending the perfect day in Essendon.

8:00 a.m: Rebalance at Beauty on Rose

There’s no better way to start the day than a pilates session at Beauty On Rose. More than your standard salon, Beauty On Rose offers a wide range of treats and treatments, from floatation therapy to an infrared sauna. We recommend booking in one of their Reformer Pilates classes for a sweet release of endorphins to kick off your day.


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11:00 a.m: Grab brunch at St Rose

Across the road from Essendon Station is foodie gem St Rose. Run by husband and wife duo, duo Domenic and Diana Caruso, and serving coffe and breakfast from 6.00 am Monday – Friday and 8.00 am on weekends, St Rose is the place to fuel up for the day ahead. Crowd favourites include the Maple Ricotta Hotcake, Corn & Halloumi Fritters and Snickers Smoothie.


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12:30 p.m: Retail therapy at Essendon DFO

Grab yourself some new threads and homewares at outlet mall DFO Essendon. From designer brands to local favourites, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the range of stores at your disposal.

3:00 p.m: Head to La Manna and then share a charcuterie board at Mr McCracken

Check out the amazing selection at La Manna and stock up for the week then stop at Mr McCracken, a favourite spot for Essendon locals to catch up with friends. Share a charcuterie board of finely sliced meats and pickles, and pair it with one of Mr McCracken’s fine wines on offer. With easy-listening live music from 2:30 p.m on Sundays, Mr McCracken is the perfect spot to enjoy the afternoon sunshine.

4:30 p.m: Have a breather at Woodlands Park

Have a food belly lie down at Woodlands Park, a breath of fresh air in the suburbs. Spend some time feeding the ducks with friends, or have a quick nap under a tree – relaxation is on the menu here.

6:30 p.m: Grab a slice at 400 Gradi Essendon

Their namesake deriving from the 400-degree ovens that cook their mouth-watering pizzas, 400 Gradi is the go-to pizza spot for locals with over 20 variations to choose from. If you’re cutting back on pizza, never fear – their menu has plenty of pasta and seafood options to please any appetite.


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9:00 p.m: Have a glass at Biagio’s Wine Bar

The perfect spot to round off your day, indulge in a glass of wine from a world-class selection in a welcoming atmosphere. Catch up with a large group of friends in the beer garden, or head to the wine bar – there are plenty of places to get cosy here.

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