Maling Road, Canterbury

I have a real love for Canterbury with its tree lined streets and mansions at every turn. Canterbury is situated about 10kms from Melbourne CBD, and is easily accessed by train. 

The Canterbury Gardens are among my favourite spots to spend a sunny Autumn afternoon. The Gardens, like the suburb itself, were named after Viscount Canterbury, the Governor of Victoria from 1866-1973. There are beautiful parterre garden beds, rolling green hills, and majestic hundred-year-old trees, and even a rotunda that was built in 1909.The huge maple and oak trees drop their leaves in Autumn, leaving a superb crunchy carpet on the ground. Perfect for jumping on! Embrace your childhood and roll gently sloping down the hills! 

Not far from the Gardens is the Canterbury Train Station, and the main shopping strip, Maling Road. We have a few faves here! 

Not many butchers can claim to be a seventh generation family business - but Bennet’s, established in 1854, can! 

If you need gorgeous little toys, or trinkets for the little ones in your life, you can’t beat Maling Road Toy Shop. It’s my go to for birthday presents. You can order online and click and collect, or have a lovely time browsing.

Maling Road has you spoilt for choice with cafes! We’d recommend starting at Chicken or the Egg for brunch and a Seven Seeds coffee or Alley Cat Cafe for delcisuou crepes. If it’s a little later in the day you might like to sample some cocktails or wines. We recommend Lennox Wine. They also have a lovely little menu that includes jaffles made with Shokupan! So good!

Have you been to Canterbury? What did you think? If you haven’t now is the perfect time of year for a visit.

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