We spent 24 hours in the South East to bring you the highlights.
Carnegie rates as 90/100 on the international Walkscore. Such high classifications are usually reserved for inner-city precincts where walking is a way of life, but take a stroll up the main strip and it's easy to see why this location ranks with the best.
Our first point of call was caffeine and brunch at local favourite, Left Field. Established by the collective behind inner-city institutions such as Tall Timber, Touchwood and more, Left Field boasts the welcoming character of a home away from home, with service that runs like a well-oiled machine.
Stuck for what to order off the menu? Our picks are the Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Shoulder Benedict served with tangy hints of apple and hollandaise sauce, or satisfy your sweet tooth with their one-of-a-kind Cookies and Cream Donut Sliders. Stretch out indoors or rug up street-side with a blanket and watch the world go by.
Dotted with hidden neighbourhood gems, Koornang Road is Carnegie's main retail corridor. A community of independent retailers and restaurateurs give the street it's authentic, village feel where local salons and designer boutiques give way to green spaces creating just the right measure of hustle and bustle mixed with tranquillity.
Espresso bars, greengrocers, butchers and old-fashioned bakeries offer all the ingredients for a home-cooked meal of fresh, local produce, while the area boasts irresistible eateries like Mrs. Kims Grill, Shyun Ramen Bar, and Gami Chicken and Beer for those days you just can't bear the kitchen!
A healthy outdoor lifestyle comes naturally in Carnegie, so after brunch we took a spin down to the beach. A 30-minute cruise from the heart of the suburb connects Carnegie with cycle trails spanning the Victorian coastline, while closer to home parklands and sports grounds colour the local landscape. While away your afternoon with a round or two at the Malvern Valley Public Golf Course, or hit nearby Caulfield Racetrack for all the glamour of the Spring Carnival.
A Carnegie lifestyle is streets ahead with its tasteful blend of village charm and metropolitan convenience. Just five minutes' drive saw us at Chadstone Shopping Centre for the afternoon, enjoying the world class retailer's cinemas, cutting-edge technology stores, and luxury fashion boutiques.
Leaving the crowds at Chaddy behind, we headed back for one last drink on Koornang Road at an iconic local favourite; The William Murray Tavern. This cosy classic Australian pub was the perfect place to come up with our verdict: 24 Hours in Carnegie? Never enough.