Suburb Profile: Abbotsford

Abbotsford suburb profile


Since Abbotsford is tucked between Richmond and Collingwood, residents benefit from the inner-city living while also enjoying the greenery of the Yarra River. It’s safe to say that living in Abbotsford gives off the organic and laid-back vibe. This gentrified suburb is continuously developing and growing as the years progress.

Here are some of the amazing amenities that locals have come to enjoy and love 


High Schools:

The Australian National Academy of Music is an educational establishment dedicated to training the youth in classical music. Students from Australia and New Zealand are welcome. 

Xavier College is an Australian education institution that aspires and strives to form exceptional graduates through inspiring learning experiences.


Primary Schools:

Abbotsford Primary School is an internationally recognised Chinese/English Bilingual School, located in Abbotsford. The school is a pioneer and expert in running the Chinese/English bilingual program in Australia. At Abbotsford Primary School, students follow the Victorian Curriculum but undertake 50% of their learning in Chinese and 50% of their learning in English.



Brunch is the specialty of this cafe and that is why they serve it all day. What makes this cafe more exciting is that its menu varies regularly to keep up with the taste buds of its customers. 

This quiet, friendly, and relaxed venue projects a colourful and cosy vibe, with three separate dining areas including a light-filled front room, more intimate middle space, and rear courtyard offering an idyllic retreat from everyday life.

Out of a humble garage in Abbotsford, the vision of AU79 came to life. Now it is one of Melbourne’s premiere cafes.



If anyone knows Greek cuisine, it’s the Papagelou family. This is the same family who is behind Mesa Greek Cuisine with a team of passionate food experts. With every dish served in Mesa Greek Cuisine is the oozing Mediterranean flavor that Melbourne foodies are looking for.

The Aviary Melbourne is not only a place for good food. It’s also a place where friends and geeks gather around for music and occasional raucous trivia night. 

This hidden and almost secret Thai place in Abbotsford surprisingly boasts of a comprehensive list of authentic eats. Surely, Tomtoon Thai is one of the places that one should go to if you’re in the Abbotsford area.

Except for a few modern touches, The Retreat Hotel is intact with its traditional pub feel. Some additions to the original pub menu are great foods made from fresh and local produce. Craft beers on tap and local wines are also served by friendly staff. .

A concept bar & eatery inspired by a century-old mural advertising Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills. Nestled in an alcove of Johnston St, Dr. Morse offers a 'cure for everything' through coffee, alcohol, and food.



Victoria Gardens is home to over 80 specialty retailers including Coles, Kmart, Freedom, Hoyts, and Ikea.

HIVE 313 Shopping Centre is your one-stop convenience Centre providing all of your everyday shopping requirements with Woolworths and ALDI supermarkets, Chemist Warehouse, Commonwealth Bank, Yarra Medical, and specialty shops



Studley Reserve is a small park with a playground in Abbotsford. It is a great place to take the kids to play. Dogs and pets must be on a leash and supervised. This park is accessible for differently-abled people and has access to wheelchairs.

Yarra Bend Park is the largest area of natural bushland near the heart of Melbourne. It is the home of the city’s famous bat colony. The park features steep river escarpments, open woodlands, playing fields, and golf courses.

This is a loop encorporating the Yarra Boulevard and parts of the Main Yarra Trail. It is a safe trail for bikers as there is a dedicated bike path.  



Yarra River from Abbotsford to Royal Botanic Gardens is an 11.7-kilometer point-to-point trail located near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

Centre for Animal Referral & Emergency (CARE) is a purpose-built, animal emergency and specialist hospital, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Posted in Blogs on 13th February, 2022