Amsterdam Street, Richmond, Melbourne, Australia
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City fringe

Take the tram to a new urban pocket on Melbourne's city fringe for a fresh perspective. Discover a top restaurant with an international rep; independent artists and designers who've flung open their doors just for you; and the best breakfasts, beaches, and bars – just a stone's throw from the CBD. You'll find yourself a new favourite place to eat, drink, shop and lounge on Melbourne's fringe.


Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Revisit student life, discuss the Il Globo headlines over espresso, take in a slice of Federation history, eat 'til you're fit to burst in Carlton.

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Sign at Rose Street Artist's Market, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Perch in a Brunswick Street bar and celebrate the way that sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same in this bohemian enclave.

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Westgarth Cinema, Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Pay respects to hipsters of yore who settled Northcote with cafes, bars and shops, and to the planning fortunes that afforded Rucker's Hill its views.

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Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Roberto Seba

North Melbourne

Jump ahead of the game and discover North Melbourne's hottest properties before the word gets out about the innovative arts, plus edgy bars and cafes.

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Stall at The Chapel Street Bazaar, Prahran, Victoria

Prahran and Windsor

Capture the independent spirit of Prahran and Windsor. Journey down Chapel Street, a treasure-trove of vintage finds, eclectic eateries and boutiques.

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Station Pier, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Port Melbourne

Glimpse Port Melbourne as a gleaming, modern bayside suburb; look closer and find restored workers cottages paying homage to the bean and barley.

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Rowena Parade Corner Store, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


You won't go hungry in Richmond, whether packing in footy pies, brunching in a cosy café, Greek feasts, Vietnamese treats or pizza slices after a gig.

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St Ali café, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

South Melbourne and Albert Park

Stand still and watch as the heritage buildings in Melbourne's oldest suburbs are adapted to house chic boutiques and hip cafes and restaurants.

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Luna Park, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Roberto Seba

St Kilda

Prepare to play in St Kilda, where you can kick up your heels by the seashore, by the stage at live music venues or on the whirligigs at Luna Park.

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Husk, Toorak, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Toorak and South Yarra

Hit the shopping strips of Toorak and South Yarra, daring to dream at the real estate listings and peeking at the lives of privileged pioneers.

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Olympic Donuts, Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Indulge your nostalgia for Ethiopian coffee houses, South East Asian markets, Italian cannoli and Chinese New Year celebrations in vibrant Footscray.

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Werribee Park, Werribee, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Take off over the West Gate Bridge and smell the roses at Werribee Park, or head off on a wildlife safari or ramble through the You Yangs wilderness.

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City view from Williamstown, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


It's easy to turn your back on the bustle of city life when you can keep an eye on it with breathtaking views from over your shoulder in Williamstown.

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Sun Theatre, Yarraville, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Get a glimpse of village life within the city at immaculately preserved Yarraville, which feels like a different world from the CBD.

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Best restaurants

Treat yourself to some of the best dining on the city fringe.

Music Box

Get stamped at one of the city fringe's famous live music venues.


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