Prahran (pronounced "pruh-RAN"), also known colloquially as "Pran", is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 5 km south-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its Local Government Area is the City of Stonnington. At the 2006 Census, Prahran had a population of 10,651. It is a part of Melbourne with many shops, restaurants and cafes. The area of Prahran centred along Commercial Road is one of Melbourne's gay villages.
The shopping street Chapel Street is a mix of upscale fashion shops and cafes. Along with the South Yarra section of Toorak Rd, it is a fashionable magnet for Melbourne's upscale set. Greville Street, once the centre of the Melbourne's hippie community, has many cafés, bars, restaurants, bookstores, clothing shops and music shops.
Prahran takes its name from Pur-ra-ran, a compound of two aboriginal words, meaning "land partially surrounded by water" in 1837 by George Langhorne. The proximity of the Yarra River and a swamp to the southwest—Albert Park Lake is the remnant—explains that description.