· By Herb Lester

Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne

Extract from An Appetite for Melbourne.

Surrounded by peaceful rolling lawns and acres of established gardens, the largely untouched building was built in 1861 on a large tract of bushy parkland on a sweeping bend of the Yarra River. The nuns have long since departed and in recent years the convent has blossomed as a unique arts and cultural project, hosting a slow food farmers’ market, sourdough bakery, cafés, bars and a range of creative studios and gallery spaces.

Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street, 3067/br>Daily: 7am-10pm

Photo: Tourism Victoria