Doncaster Shopping Mall
Location: Doncaster, directly on Doncaster Rd and Williamsons Rd
Getting there: If coming from the city, head north east through Kew along High St up until you reach Doncaster Rd. If coming from the South-Eastern suburbs, Blackburn Rd is your key street. You can also travel up Stephensons Rd, which turns into Middlesborough Rd when near Doncaster Rd.
Official Website: westfield.com.au/doncaster
We continue our journey through the shopping malls or Melbourne, this time moving to Westfield, Doncaster, eastern suburbs, fairly huge and interesting in setup.
Parking lots are plenty and densely bunched up. Ticket parking, which has a very long grace period (3-4 hours if I remember correctly). You can go up the ramps and park on the rooftops (my favourite choice) or go to the lower deck parks.
Fancy glass entrance on the roof with the big words “Westfield” written over it. For those that don’t know, Westfield has a chain of shopping malls around Australia, so when speaking of this mall, I will refer to it as either Westfield Doncaster or just simply Doncaster Shopping Centre/Mall.
The top floor looks small and quite open. You’ll find some restaurants here, an entrance to Borders books and the box office for Village cinemas. Once you find the escalator (or stairs), you’ll enter the larger portion of the mall.
The map above makes it quite obvious, this mall is loooong… Typical layout, two long halls side by side, walkways along the upper floor and little shops in the centre portion of the aisles.
The glass roofs on the upper floor reminds me of the design at Chadstone albeit quite different in style.
Overall the mall isn’t as massive as it looks, you’ll be able to walk it in a good half an hour I reckon, stopping here and there for a bit of window shopping.
Food court on the top floor offers quite a lot of things. Seating is available near massive windows, giving you a great view of suburban Melbourne in the distance!
On several visits I seem to have always decided for Thai, which dishes up some nice things…
Pad Thai on a signature Westfield Doncaster plate!
Remember the view I told you about? A pretty flat and spread out Melbourne suburbs in the distance!
A spiral staircase within the food court leads you back up to the top floor, so if you’re rushing dinner in time for a movie, this is your quickest way to the top.
Moving on to a different location, organic shops and grocery stores are available on the lower floors. Juice bars and other little eateries can also be found here.
As you walk along the two grand aisles, you’ll see a few alleys that connect them. There are some nice shops here. If you’re wondering what that weird looking bridge on top is, you’ll have to wait a bit (until I get to the top)…
You’ll notice this with many malls, there are two Gloria Jeans (to my knowledge) in Doncaster SC, one here and the other in Borders. I like the way it’s set up. The escalators nearby lead you to the carpark atop the roof.
T2 (a big tea shop for those who are unfamiliar) have a branch here as well), be sure to stop by for free sampling of interesting teas.
That weird bridge thing from just now is actually a resting place that is neatly designed. Buy a book from Dymocks just next to it and rest your legs while reading it!
Visit Doncaster if you feel like window shopping or just want to have a day out. The mall has a wide variety of shops to offer. You can even finish it off the day by driving to the nearby park just north of the shopping mall for an afternoon walk!