Reasons to visit
Balwyn may be a suburb of Melbourne just ten kilometres from the CBD but it still has plenty to offer. Having picked up your picnic supplies from Boccaccio SUPA IGA, head to Maranoa Gardens, Beckett Park, Mont Albert Park or walk or cycle through Koonung Creek Reserve and its billabongs and wetlands.
Like the rest of Melbourne there are very good and inexpensive restaurant in Balwyn. Check out Stefan's Charcoal Grill for a great steak, Postino for pizza, modern Australian at Mr Hendricks, Nakorn Siam Thai Restaurant and the Turkish Tea House. Or grab a great coffee and a sweet treat at Hahndorf's Chocolates.
Hey, you're in Melbourne, the restaurant, cultural, sporting, and funky bar capital of Australia! See a show at the Princess Theatre, catch an AFL match at the MCG or the enclosed Etihad Stadium, explore the museums and galleries, see Federation Square or just catch a tram. It's Melbourne – there's fun and adventure everywhere.
A local's top tips
Anthony d'Anna, Director of Operations, Boccaccio SUPA IGA Balwyn
"We drew inspiration from Le Bon Marche in Paris and Eataly in Milan when we designed the store. We had the deli built in Florence and shipped over and it is stocked with gourmet smallgoods, including prosciutto imported from Parma.
There are five cheesemongers and more than a thousand cheeses in the store. We carry 500 local cheeses and also import a lot, such as hard cheeses from Italy. We have a whole team of butchers as well as an underground bakery that produces Austrian and Italian-style breads.
We have a Mediterranean-influenced range and also specialise in gluten-free products, including pasta of all shapes and sizes."