Winter in Melbourne can quickly become icy cold, and many beachside residents find themselves hiding away at home trying to keep warm. If you know where to look, there are actually many things to do in a suburb like Elwood during the colder months of the year, as long as you’re willing to get there! Check out of a few of our favourite Winter activities in Elwood and you’ll soon be on your way to warming up.
Get cosy with Elwoods best hot drinks and yummy food
144 Ormond Road, Elwood, 3184
7am-4pm mon-fri, 7:30 on weekends
As any melbournian knows, there’s almost no better way to hide from the Winter weather than ducking into one of the many contemporary cafes in the inner suburbs. Elwood residents and visitors are lucky enough to have several top-notch cafes with menus as hip as their decor. If you’re looking for activities in Elwood that involve hot drinks and a delicious meal, then Plain Sailing cafe is a no brainer.
The star baristas are serving up a house blend of Niccolo Coffee, with the option for black or white, with cow milk, bonsoy, coconut, or almond milk. One of the best reasons to come here on a Winter’s day is the absolutely divine mugs of hot chocolate. They get their magic from ethically-sourced, Melbourne-based, Mork Hot chocolate, which many would argue is hands down the best on the market. You can choose the original 70% cacao, or lighten things up with the ‘Junior’ hot chocolate with 50% cacao. Not into coffee or chocolate? We’re pretty sure that doesn’t apply to anyone, but if you’re just craving something different, you’ll be sufficiently warmed and satisfied by their spicy Raja Chais, or the Golden Grind turmeric lattes. Yum.
The menu is a take on the classic modern Australian cafe cuisine with dishes like smashed avo or eggs and mushrooms but with zingy additions like pickled beetroot, pomegranate labne, cured trout, or cornichon and caper hollandaise. They’ve got a few special dishes like pulled pork benedict, middle eastern cauliflower, house-made donuts, or hemp granola, that really set this place apart from the rest. Check out the full menu here and warm up from the inside out.
Get the body moving and the blood pumping
91 Brighton Road, Elwood, 3184
One of the absolute best ways to get warm and boost a gloomy mood is to get the body moving and the blood pumping. While summertime in Elwood calls for activity beachside, there are a few things to do in Elwood to keep fit and avoid the cold. Energize Pilates on Brighton Road offers classes 7 days a week, starting at 6:15, 8:00, or 9:30 am depending on the day. You’ll find anything from reformer pilates to Barre, and even boxing type classes. The studio is intimate and friendly and newcomers are always made to feel welcome. The owners wanted people to feel like they were part of a community, rather than an anonymous face at a gym.
Other than getting off the cold streets and enjoying positive and uplifting exercise, you can also enjoy a cup of tea, hot showers, and a chat with their lovely staff or your fellow studio goers. Classes can be bought as single sessions, unlimited group classes, private classes, or class packs. Check out the various options here and pop in for a class th next time you’re looking for things to do in Elwood on a brisk winter day.
Warm up by the Fire at Elwood Lounge
49-51 Glen Huntly Road, Elwood, 3184
Mon-fri 4pm-Late, weekends 10am-Late
Sitting by a crackling fire with a drink in hand is (quint)essential for surviving a Melbourne winter, but not everyone has got a fireplace at home. If you’re wondering where you can go to warm up on a cold night in Elwood, the Elwood lounge has got your back! The owners at the lounge strive to create a cosy and inviting atmosphere where locals can enjoy time with their friends and relax at the end of the day, with the soft cracking and popping of their wood burning fire. They’ve got an enormous beverage menu with specially selected beer, wine, shots, spirits, and cocktails and are open late every night of the week. They’ve also got food and drink specials every day, so check out the specials menu and plan your next cosy night out in Elwood.
Sweat it out in a Sauna and Massage
Elwood Natural Health and Wellbeing Clinic
22 Ormond Road, Elwood, Vic 3184
9-6 mon-thurs, Closes 5pm fri and 2pm sat
Saunas and massages are some of the most comforting and relaxing activities you can do on a cold day, so imagine how it would feel to combine the two. At Elwood Natural Health & Wellbeing Clinic, they are offering you the chance to do just that. They call it the ‘Vibrosaun’ which has a special vibrating massage table inside a dry sauna unit. You’ll enjoy vibrational full-body massage while the hot air helps encourage blood circulation and muscle relaxation. They’ve hooked up the units with a sound system so you can tune out of the cold winter streets outside, and sink deeper into your happy warm body. You can choose from either a 30 or 45 minute session. If sauna isn’t your thing, you can choose from their full list of services including things like Reiki, Aromatherapy healing, ear candling, Shiatsu, and other types of body work. Check out their full range and prices here.
Make sure you bookmark this page for the next time you’re looking for things to do in Elwood to stay warm all winter long.