Our Favourite Melbourne Neighborhoods
In a vibrant city like Melbourne there are endless possibilities and so much to explore. Walk along the hidden laneways, visit a world-class restaurant or check out the latest exhibition at one of the amazing art galleries, and that is just in the CBD! Make sure to take the time and venture into the suburbs to explore what Melbourne really has to offer, here are our favourite spots!
Cafe culture is huge in Melbourne and there is no better place to experience it than the birth place on Carlton’s Lygon Street! Thanks to the thriving Italian restaurants Carlton is often called ‘Little Italy’ with old school eateries serving pizza and pasta the traditional way.
Home to alfresco cafes, charming terrace houses and one of the best bookshops in the city it is easy to see why Albert Park is a favourite to locals and tourists alike. Take your time to explore the charming neighbourhood or experience the stunning panoramic views of the city from the 5km walking track around Albert Park Lake.
Along with food, coffee and art, Melbourne is also known for its excellent shopping, and there is no better place to find hidden gems and one of a kind pieces than along Chapel Street in Prahran. The area is a delightful mix of boho charm, an innovative foodie scene and high street fashion. Be sure to visit the Prahran Market, one of Australia’s oldest food markets, shop fresh produce, fine cheeses, organic meats, seafood, spices and fresh flowers.
Explore the history of Melbourne by wandering through Elstenwick’s streets lined with century-old homes. Be sure to visit the Rippon Lea Estate, a heritage-listed home with sprawling grounds it will transport you to another time.
Home to cool bars, independent retailers, pubs, restaurants, cafes and live music Fitzroy is a melting pot for all things creative. It is also fast becoming home to some of the best restaurants in Melbourne, Fitzroy is the place where you can enjoy a delicious meal using locally sourced ingredients followed by drinks in a hidden spot or on a rooftop.
There is more to this leafy suburb than being the home to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Flemington Racecourse is open to the public all year round and full of beautiful gardens all ready to explore including the largest rose garden in the Southern Hemisphere.
Check out the arty vibe in Northcote, visit indie galleries, see a movie at the 1920s Westgarth Cinema, or dance the night away at the Northcote Social Club to high-profile and emerging bands.
Recently named one of the world’s coolest suburbs, Footscray is ever-changing with a fascinating balance of an art scene and international cultures with delicious cuisines. Once the centre for southern European migrants, it is now home to Chinese, Vietnamese, and North African immigrants bringing their gastronomic traditions.
The iconic Brighton Bathing boxes are perfect for a holiday snap! The Brighton beach and area itself is home to dog-friendly beach side cafes and extensive foreshore reserves complete with barbeque and play facilities. The area is also ideal for water sports like windsurfing, and boating.
The centre for designer shopping South Yarra is where to go to marvel at exclusive boutiques and shop until you drop! Make sure to stop for a long lunch at one of the local cafes for sustenance. After exploring all that Melbourne has to offer, take some time out in South Yarra, home to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Stroll through the gardens which is home to over 8500 plant species or join the forest therapy guide walks which help to elevate your mood and lower stress levels.