The strip of shops along the thoroughfare of Hampton Street is one of Hampton's major attractions. Stretching from South Road in the north to over one kilometre south at Crisp Street, this retail shopping precinct features restaurants, bistros, clothing stores, antiques shops and personal services. Smaller local shopping strips can be found along Bluff Road.
Hampton offers visitors safe swimming along a wide stretch of sandy beach which features several groynes extending into the sea. The foreshore reserve provides BBQ and picnic facilities and is attractively landscaped with grassy strips, palm trees and a walking and bicycle path.
The coastline at the southern end of Hampton's beach consists of a cliffs overlooking the bay that provide panoramic coastal views, particularly southwards to Picnic Point in Sandringham with its boat harbour and pier. The B.J. Ferdinando Gardens, located at the top of the coastal cliffs opposite Small Street, include a BBQ shelter, picnic facilities and extensive lawns. These gardens area a popular venue for wedding photos due to its scenic backdrop.
Hampton East, which is wedged between Bluff Road and the Nepean Highway, includes a selection of retail outlets fronting the highway, across the road from the commercial centre of Moorabbin. The G.L. Basterfield Park, accessed via Dane Street, consists of an ornamental lake surrounded by grassy slopes, gardens, flowers and trees.