Neighbourhood Jam: Elwood

Neighbourhood Jam Elwood

In this edition of Neighbourhood Jam we spoke to a Port Phillip local to give us the low-down on what to do, eat and see in the beautiful suburb of Elwood.  

Elwood local, April Andrew, has lived in the area her whole life and can't imagine living anywhere else. Although there have been times where she has moved out of the suburb, she hasn't strayed very far, as the amazing lifestyle appeal of the area is tough to top!

Having grown up in Elwood, April has seen how the area has changed and evolved over the years, and because of her vast knowledge of the area, we know April's suggestions on how we should be spending our time in the Elwood and surrounding areas are top notch. But first, we find out why April loves Elwood so much, and what keeps her close to the area. 

April Andrew Neighbourhood Jam Elwood

How long have you lived in the Elwood area?

I have lived in Elwood for all of my life. I went to Elwood Primary School and worked throughout my teenage years in local cafes.

Why do you love it? Why did you choose to live in the area?

I have moved out to live with friends a couple of times now, but always stick close to Elwood. I love the location; so close to great cafes and restaurants, 15 minutes to the CBD on the trams along Brighton Road and the beach is within walking distance.

Describe your typical weekend routine in Elwood.

On a Saturday morning I would meet a friend for brunch and walk my dog Maycie (The cutest Australian Shepherd) to the Elwood Farmers market. Weather permitting, I would head to Elwood beach to relax with a book. Of an evening, I would get together with girlfriends to have a casual dinner and drinks somewhere along Ormond Road – there is always a great vibe in Elwood on a Saturday night.

April Dog Elwood

Best of Elwood:

Coffee: The Turtle Cafe hands down!

Breakfast spot: Plain Sailing has the best smashed avo.

Date night: Odyssey on Ormond Road – Delicious.

Local (pub/bar): The Grosvenor, Brighton Road

Big night: Start off at Blue Tongue on Ormond Road and then head out to The Village Belle or The Espy in St Kilda.

Late night food: Definitely Shaggy’s Pizza, on Tennyson Street

Grocery store: Leaf Store

Boutique: Mad About the Girl– Women’s Fashion

Recreational activity: A nice walk up to Point Ormond to take in the views!

Must see/do: A beachfront dining experience at Elwood Bathers with a summer spritz!

Elwood Bathers