Customer Reviews

Thanks to our wonderful customers for sharing your thoughts and messages of support. 

The grass is greener where you water it, and when you get behind us it helps to protect our local economy, support our families and strengthen our community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Please note that most of the current reviews were submitted into a competition via which an incentive was offered. 

Red Alligator Personal Training

A great team full of enthusiasm and wanting nothing more than the best for their clients. Training is like a big get together with friends who train hard but do it in a fun environment. Always looking at different ways to train with extra activities outside of the studio. Great studio

Sonia Greguol
Ivanhoe East
Fruit Culture

This isn't just a fruit shop. Its a way of life. The vibrancy of this store is fantastic. I want to keep coming back, just to see whats new.

Karen Gray
Barking Good

This is the best place in Melbourne to find quality raw food for one's dog or cat. Everything is fresh, and Jo (the owner) is always welcoming, happy to give time to her customers, answering queries and sharing her knowledge. The store also has a great range of healthy treats for one's furry friends, and a great stock of best quality supplements to keep your animal in the best of health. There's also toys, bedding, bowls, etc of great quality and Jo's prices are very reasonable. Ethically sourced products, best quality, and truly personal, friendly service. "BARKING GOOD" is unique!

John Powell
Ivanhoe East
Fruit Culture

All the motivation I need for maintaining a healthy life, fruit and veggies so vibrant and fresh, full of the all the good things I need to keep me looking my best !

Carley Shay
Buongusto Cafe and Homewares

Best cafe in East Ivanhoe. Home made cakes made EVERY day!! You can't get that anywhere else. They also have lovely staff that are always happy and friendly. What a place!

Emma Faliszewski

I love the designs at Zampera, so unique and different to all of the chain and department stores.

Tania Cargin
Mary R Hair Design

I have been a client here since Mary opened in East Ivanhoe. She has seen me through countless hair lengths, colours, nail decisions, tans and other beauty services. She always knows what will suit me best and the atmosphere in the salon is relaxed and cheerful

East Ivanhoe

Beautiful fresh food, personal service and a nice wine list. Overall a wonderful place for dinner

Kimberlee Holley
East Ivanhoe Butcher

The service is fast and friendly and the shop clean and well lit. Food is fresh and tempting, of superior quality and taste. Simply buy, cook, serve!Beautiful!

Amanda Gorton
Barking Good

Barking Good is an amazing little shop. Jo always greets you with a smile and I'm pretty sure she knows all her customers and their pets by their first names. She is very good at recommending new foods or treats and has a vast knowledge. I always feel safe in trusting my cats' nutritional needs with her. I have yet to find a shop anywhere else in Melbourne which comes even remotely close in not only selection of foods and treats, but also in friendliness and customer service.

Signe Powell
Ivanhoe East
So swish gifts

Service with a smile everytime and i always find what im looking for and more! Walk in for 1 item walk out with 3!incredibe range of gifts for any occasion!

Kalina Harris
Barr’d Wine & Tapas Bar

Catching up with a mate,
She suggested Barr'd and it was great!
Spanish Tapas that were a treat,
And gluten free - that's neat!

Laura S
Barr'd Wine and Tapas Bar

Great tapas , burgers and drinks all served with a friendly local smile

Cameron Shallard
Clifton Hill
Frankie's Melbourne

It is the best and most friendly business in this area. It has only been here for a couple of months, it was born on the old Vita Bella café. It has taken the place to a whole new level.

Dominic Papasergio
East Ivanhoe
Bitter Sweet Cafe

This family owned cafe has a warm & friendly atmosphere with great service! Beautiful coffee, sweets & meals at affordable prices. Great spot for locals to catch up!

Linda Friend
Chapter One

My favourite clothing shop in Ivanhoe East. I can always find something special when I visit the store. I love the option of lay by.

Graciela Forck
Pro Nails

Pro Nails are such a great business within this community! I now live approximately 30-40 minutes away and still drive to Ivanhoe to get my nails done at this exact shop. The staff are so friendly, the clients are all respectful and considerate of everyone's time there and even more importantly they are so clean and hygienic there! All these reasons make it worth the drive each and every time!
3 weeks ago I gave birth to a little boy and I brought him to Ivanhoe whilst I got my nails done and enjoyed a lovely lunch together... even with a newborn and a long drive... it is still worth the effort of heading out to Ivanhoe for this:)

Melissa Boundy
Bitter Sweet

The coffee is fantastic! Simple, yummy food at great prices & a warm, friendly atmosphere. Perfect spot of locals!

Linda Friend
So Swish

So Swish is such a pleasure to visit. The staff are all so helpful and friendly but also happy to just let you browse undisturbed. They have a fantastic range of gifts and products and I can always find an appropriate gift for the occasion. They are the best place to go for Christmas shopping as it remains a pleasant shopping experience even when they are very busy. Thank you So Swish!

Elliott Steele Hairdressing

Always very professional, very welcoming staff


Foodworks is the best grocery in Ivanhoe the variety is truly incredible thanks to the amazing owners and helpful staff Deb and Paul know customers on a first name bases which really gives everyone a sense of community.

Anna Constas
East Ivanhoe
Brumbys Bakery Ivanhoe East

Brumbys - because you want a pie not some $4 roll with one olive on it.

Ian Hawkins
So Swish Gifts

Every time I enter So Swish, I feel special. I love giving and So Swish has pefect gifts for everyone.

Caitlin Abbey
East Ivanhoe Foodworks

Paul has revived East Ivanhoe supermarket as the hub of the village. As a shopper you feel that Paul and staff are genuinely interested in providing good, 'old fashioned service'. The product selection is fresh, interesting and tantalising. Prices give value. The addition of a chef cooking daily to provide a delicious and healthy range of take home food has delighted customers. Wine specials are often a genuine bargain.

Suzanne Lees
East ivanhoe
East Ivanhoe Travel and Cruise

Jannene is amazing. Calmly helps us all with bookings and changes. She helped us so much when we had extreme health problems on our European holiday, Supporting us through all insurance claims and being so thoughtful. I wouldn't use any other travel company!

Barb Oldmeadow
So Swish Gifts

So Swish Gifts takes my home from geek to sheek, with homewares and knick-knacks so practical and sweet. Friendly staff around every corner, making my shopping experience so much warmer.

Louise Antoniadis

Yassou! Amazing greek food with an authentic and warm atmosphere and large portions. Some of the most beautiful Saganaki I've ever had!

Ben Haines
Foodworks East Ivanhoe

This supermarket has transformed from a nothing shop into an exciting adventure. Paul and Debbie have transformed this from nothing to amazing I rather drop in here than go to one of the big ones well done

Mel berizzi

From the moment our guests of 8 entered Pigro until our departure we were surrounded by helpful, smiling staff! From the beautiful warm timber table that we sat at to the very helpful Matthew providing us with food/wine suggestions. Our night out was full of laughter in a brilliant atmosphere. Thank you Pigro!

Lucy Mascali
Bitter Sweet Cafe

whether you come for the coffee, or a sweet treat, you'll always have an amazing experience, which is anything but Bitter Sweet!

Bitter Sweet Cafe

Love the smell of the coffee that draws me in to feel relaxed before I start a busy day.

Anne Portelli
Caroline Springs
Bitter sweet cafe

Bitter sweet has a lovely warm atmosphere.
The staff are always friendly and the service is terrific and of course the food is great!

Maria Smirnios
East Ivanhoe
Floral Impressions

Kathleen at Floral Impressions creates the most stunning arrangements. On each occasion that I've visited she has had beautiful bouquets ready to purchase, but she is always incredibly helpful in putting together fabulous, unique bunches to suit any occasion, from a small posy as a gift for a girlfriend to an incredible table centre.

Andrea McKenna
Mary R Hair Design

I am a permanent client at this salon Simply because Im made to feel important Look unique with their wonderful hairdo's.and I never get a no Its always a yes with appointments. Mary always fits me in.She goes over and beyond my expectations and delivers her expertise as expected. Nothing is ever too much of a problem.She manages to do everything and make a coffee with a biscuit for me. The vibe in the salon is that of a relaxed and content atmosphere. The salon is neat and clean . Cool in summer warm in winter. Marys prices are well within proportion of the area and not super expensive. She offers other services as well as hairdressing. Its just a home away from home.Its always a very enjoyable experience when I go Its like a little holiday with Marys vibrant attitude. Highly recommended 5 star all round

Eleanor Ferlito
Bitter Sweet Cafe

Not only Jamie but all the staff members that work at Bitter Sweet are friendly and very hospitable. Jamie greets every customer and seems to know most of them by name. Great customer service great coffee and excellent food. This is my local and I look forward to my coffee every morning. Well done Bitter Sweet!

Angela Taylor
Ivanhoe East
East Ivy

They are always friendly and make really good food. Every time I go in there they cheer me up when I've had a bad day

Sarah Marino
A Kidz Wardrobe

Great customer service. Has a variety of modern and unique clothing and accessories for children of all ages.

Angela Kotsiras
Lower Templestowe
Elliot Steele

My family have been loyal customers of Elliot Steele for around 5 years. We keep going back not only due to their professionalism and quality service, but because of the family atmosphere they bring. You can tell that all staff love what they do and it shows in their enthusiasm every visit. My hair has never been more healthy and vibrant in my life! Thanks Elliot Steele!

Frances Cardamone
Ivanhoe East
Foodworks Ivanhoe East

An absolute gem! Foodworks has become an iconic fixture with the residents of Ivanhoe East. Servicing the community in incredible fashion, Paul and Deb have transformed a once dull and standard supermarket into a foodie haven!!

Julia Collia De Polacek
Ivanhoe East
Fruit culture

Fruit culture is amazing! As a chef I'm always looking for fresh and seasonal produce, and I know I can always rely on fruit culture. Not only are the fruit and vegetables top quality, but their gourmet range is fantastic!

Evette Quinlan
Floral Impressions Florist

Floral Impressions is a breath of fresh air, prices that are always fair, arrangements not quite seen for a while, very original and service is always with a smile.

Niki Theos
Watsonia North
East Ivy

Very friendly staff who are always welcoming whether on your own, having a meeting, or just grabbing a coffee with the kids or your dog. Such a great spot to sit and watch the world go by, particularly with a banana and peanut butter smoothie and a bacon and egg brioche roll!

Susan Baker
230 Boutique

The staff at 230 Boutique have the special knack of making every customer feel important. They share in the excitement with the customer when she finds that special piece destined to bring her joy. I rarely shop anywhere else as the level of understanding and assistance given to myself and others, by the 230 team is outstanding.

Elizabeth Thomas

Perfect store for all my grocery needs. Very friendly and helpful service everytime. Delicious and fresh range of products. I'm heading there now!

Elliot Steele

Friendly,professional, great value for money. Wouldnt go anywhere else to get my hair cut

Karen Edwards

The best fruit and veg! Always fresh and tasty. Great variety and friendly service. Can't live without my fruity delights!!

Clarke dental

Dr Clarke is the most gentle & understanding dentist I've ever come across!

Rosanne Cahill
Heidelberg Heights
East Ivanhoe travel and cruise

I have been a regular traveller through this agency for years now. I am steered on to new places by the wonderful Robyn, who always knows what to choose for the appropriate budget. All the agents there are friendly, professional and love to indulge in chocolate. I wait for my chocolate frog to come with my tickets; it's that extra touch that is typical of this great business.

Mary-anne Burton
Hawthorn East

Love the atmosphere here and the tapas are on point each time! There's a vast range of great wine to select from and some great finger nibbles! The seafood Paella is top notch!

Ivanhoe East
Floral Impressions

Excellent customer service and beautifully presented flowers of the highest quality. I stopped by here on my way home this week and I will definitely be back despite living 20 minutes away. Thanks again for the friendly service and gorgeous flowers!


Foodworks in East Ivanhoe has a great sense of local community with their charity points system and knowledgable, friendly staff. They stock local, quality produce. I love the ready made meals available. We're lucky to have such a good supermarket!

Erica Boucher

A very reliable accountancy company that have been in the Village for many years

Templestowe Lower

Shopping at Ivanhoe East FoodWorks is an absolute pleasure. Friendly and knowledge staff, fresh produce and gourmet deli. What more could you ask for!

Adrian Beltrame
Ivanhoe East
Austral Piano World

I visited Austral to catch up on what the latest developments in digital pianos are as a potential addition to my teaching studio and to be able to refer students here. The young man who assisted spent a lot of time giving me details and demonstrating features and comparisons and giving me some informative brochures.
I found them to be helpful and have a great range of instruments. Highly Recommend them.

Wendy Brentnall
Frankie's Melbourne Cafe

Would definatley be 5-star. Pleasant experience. Friendly staff. Great atmosphere. Ticked all the boxes. Keep up the good work!

Gabby Milicia
Floral Impressions

Kathleen can turn something pretty ordinary into a spectaclar arrangement.
She has a sixth sense when it comes to flowers

Carmen Cardamone
Floral Impressions

Floral impressions certainly always leaves a lasting impression on me!
Beautiful and fresh flowers, staff with smiles on their faces and great customer service.
What a fantastic local small business, cannot recommend highly enough.

Briony Fowler
Hair Kastle

Dom is a hair styling genius! Brilliant with colour, cut and style, his salon goes the extra mile in making his clients feel fabulous at every visit and beyond! Thanks Dom

East Ivanhoe Fruit Supply

Just have to say how much I love visiting the East Ivanhoe fruit shop. They are always smiling, up for a chat and have beautiful produce. I have many fruit shops closer but this is worth the extra distance. I especially love the pre prepared vegetables. They make it so easy to make dinner after a long day! Thank you east Ivanhoe fruit supply!

Alex corveddu
Floal Impressions

Stunning flowers and amazing service.

Lesley Murcutt
Fruit Culture

What an awesome new fruit shop with a huge amount of organic foods and the variety of alternative fruits and veggies are just fantastic and so fresh.

Donna England
Fruit Culture

It would have to be the most nicest fruit shop I have ever seen
Freshness & choices, great variety of things from ice cream to homemade delicious biscuits to pizza and oh god chocolate covered Popcorn - yummy!

Definitely recommend going to fruit culture the experience was awesome and management was fantastic friendly and helpful.


Service with a smile! A fantastic range of everyday supermarket item, including some more esoteric items. But it's the delicious prepared food to take home that really stands out.

Ellen Menkhorst
East Ivanhoe
Bitter Sweet

The perfect cafe! Great coffee, delicious food, friendly staff who can't help you enough & a relaxed atmosphere. Perfection!

Nick Stabb
East Ivanhoe
Cafe 232

Very warm friendly staff and food price is excellent. Coffer is also my favourite stop .

Cecilia O’Kelly
Ivanhoe East

The friendliest and helpful staff, so gorgeous to my young bubs, helping me to the car with groceries when I had them in tow.

Pav Dimopoulos
Dr Damian Clarke Dentist

I enjoy seeing Dr Damian Clarke as his professionalism Is out standing and i trust his knowledge and advice he genuinely does his best in looking after My TEETH and im grateful to Have been recomended to him

Elisa williams
Hair by Yves

Fantastic hairdressing salon.. A real experience

Rosalia Daniele
So Swish

So swish is my favourite gift shop for those last minute cards and gifts. I always seem to find something suitable because of their great range of gift ideas. The staff are always friendly and helpful but not in your face, which makes for a comfortable and relaxed shopping experience.

Noelle Boyd
East Ivanhoe Chemist

I will never forget the time my son was very very sick and needed drugs that Foonie did not have. I needed prednisolone to keep Noah out of hospital as Gp said I had 4 hours before he wanted to review him and admit if no improvement. She sent one of her staff in the car with me so that I could get the prescription filled in Ivanhoe. The staff member got out of the car to get the medicine while I stayed with my sick 3 year old. A great act of kindness.

Anna Snell
Buon Gusto

Buon Gusto welcomes us with it's beautiful interior and fantastic menu. It has the very best tea in the village, as some of us are as selective about tea as the many coffee experts are about their brew. It's coffee's great too! And it's the only cafe that we can never resist dessert because Daniella makes the best cakes in the district. We love Buon Gusto!

Jane Mancini
East Ivanhoe
Fruit Culture

Fruit Culture is an outstanding fruit shop offering the best quality produce sourced from local suppliers. It also stocks a wonderful range of spices, biscotti, oils and vinegars and I especially enjoy their gluten free selection of foods.

The customer service has always been excellent. Dom runs a family owned business and their passion for the produce is excellent and makes me interested in their variety of foods. I email Dom my order weekly and he has it packed, all ready to go when I arrive. The produce is so fresh I often overstock so that I have a weeks worth of fruit and vegetables and they always are as fresh as the day I buy them.

I am very excited to have such a wonderful fruit shop with such friendly helpful faces whenever I visit!

Patrice Galgano
East Ivanhoe skin and body Therapy

I attended East Ivanhoe Skin & Body Therapy and was blown away with the excellent Customer service the girls showed me. Not only were they warm and eager to provide a Beauty treatment, but also very knowledgeable and I could see they both had done their homework.

The Salon was a small quaint stylish boutique type of salon which offered eye beauty treatment from Shellac Nails to Oxygen Facials, teeth whitening to Fat Cavitation for Weight Loss, I went to East Ivanhoe Skin & Body therapy, just to inquire about treatments as I was going to be "Mother of Groom" and needed Shellac, walked out of the salon with a number of treatments booked in. On my return back to the salon, the staff gave me wonderful treatments and was also offered some bubbly to celebrate my sons upcoming Marriage. It was a wonderful experience I enjoyed it immencely

Lisa Villa

Ok where do I start East Ivanhoe is the place to go ?from foodworks with amazing service & quality too the fashion choices... flowers .. pet care & home- ware ..great food & the amazing & reliable Barr'd Tapas..hairdressing & at Elliot East Ivanhoe .. don't make me choose ❤️

Sue Thornton

Debra and Paul have transformed from what was a very 'average' super market into a state of the art gourmet food experience. One can find daily necessities to exotic foods, you can even purchase ready made delicious dinners ready to take home, all cooked by their in house chefs! The home made salads made from so many different ingredients are amazing and so reasonably priced.
Above all, nothing is too much trouble for the helpful staff and the awards program is terrific! Thanks Debra and Paul, you have made life easier for me!

Judy Clark
Ivanhoe East

I love that this old favourite café has been revitalised and the new owners make such an effort to embrace the community.
They offer delicious food, great coffee and warm friendly atmosphere.

Lisa Ford
Ivanhoe East
Plaka Greek Tavern

Plaka Greek Tavern - we love our greek food and you guys rock! Love your work / awesome food 🙂

yoke-fun khoo
box hill
Bitter Sweet

Fantastic coffee, delightful staff and service par excellence! and love having brunch of a weekend! Who could ask for more? Thanks Jamie and staff for brightening our mornings!

helen o’kane
east ivanhoe
Bendigo Bank

The staff are very friendly and helpful, its so convenient to have a local branch in walking distance. Its a pity that the branch is no longer open on Saturday mornings.

Julie Hallyburton
east ivanhoe

Since I discovered this gem I will only purchase my clothes from this shop. The quality of merchandise, variety, international and Australian designers and vast range to select from is unique. The staff are lovely and helpful. The fact that this boutique has been around for over 25 years and are testimony.

Zoya Pavloff
Fruit Culture

I work nearby & love the beautiful fresh fruit available with such a great selection.

The revamped store looks & feels so fresh.

Michelle Jarman
Briar Hill


Floral Impressions

I know that without a doubt, every time I walk into floral impressions I am greeted with the biggest smile! The staff are always ready to lend a hand, and help me find the perfect flowers with whatever budget. The staff are so knowledgable, and my bouquets are always presented perfectly.

Sara Taylor
East Ivanhoe

Mary R Hair Design is a place i can relax unwind and get pampered from top to toe. From the moment i walk in the door im greeted with the warmest smile and totally get transformed by Mary and Helena. Both Ladies are very professional and amazing hairdressers who not only listen to your needs, but offer some great advice.
Definitely a five star business. Good luck ladies you deserve such a reward.

Floral Impressions

Kathleen can turn something pretty ordinary into a spectaclar arrangement.
She has a sixth sense when it comes to flowers

Carmen Cardamone
The Flower Club Florist

The staff are delightful and will arrange any combination of flowers for the customer. The flowers are so fresh and tend to last forever. Plus they will gift wrap anything you wish. I love the arrangements of flowers, as gifts, in the glass vases. Well Done

Elizabeth Syle
East Ivanhoe
Australia post news agency

A friendly and efficient business. One that is always welcoming and happy to oblige.
For such a varied business , how much we can do there , the staff are never too rushed to assist you.
This business even knows you by name .
I find this is the usefull business in Eaglemont for so many of my needs

Barbara gargaro

Just such a pleasure to have the current owners at Foodworks. The quality of the food and the range is vastly increased and improved. I am shopping there more and more and less and less at the big well known supermarkets in the area.

Robin Anderson
East Ivanhoe
Bendigo Community Bank

I always receive 5 star service and made to feel like a privileged customer when I enter the bank. Also great to know that I am benefiting my local community.

Lynne Johnson
East Ivanhoe
Foodworks Supermarket

Great range of products , friendly check out employees , reasonable prices and Paul the Manager is a really nice bloke. Always a good shopping experience!

Lesley Lomas
East Ivanhoe