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About The Heart of Kew

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Step on to the streets of Kew Junction and you’ll find yourself in a bustling precinct of shops in a suburb that over 23,000 people call home.

Kew is inhabited by a variety of high quality businesses – from restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs with the finest food and beverages, all the way through to professional services, health and medical, legal and financial services. No matter what you are after, one of the 616 businesses will ensure you can get it in the heart of Kew.

Kew Junction is a vibrant and busy shopping strip located in Melbourne’s inner eastern suburbs.

The History of Kew.

Kew Junction has a rich history. Built in 1851 on the territory of the Wurundjeri Willam, shops began to open on High Street towards the end of the decade.

The Kew Court House Complex, made up of the former courthouse, police station, and post office, is the most historic landmark in Kew. Located next to the iconic Kew War Memorial at the junction of High Street and Cotham Road, the complex was completed in 1888 and formed an essential part of central Kew.

Now reappropriated, The Kew Court House operates as a dynamic community hub and often showcases exhibitions and events. The former police station houses the Kew Historical Society, as well as a free art gallery run by local volunteers. Next door at the old post office, you can wine and dine at the Q.P.O Bar and Restaurant. As a result of the community and council, the true essence of all three buildings has remained intact and can still be enjoyed today.

Today, Kew Junction hosts modern shops, funky cafes and a wide array of restaurants, while still retaining the charm of many of its original buildings.  And while the Junction continues to change over time, it remains at the heart of the local community.