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.


Kuwaii, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Pull up a milk crate and hop from one newly-opened café to another new bar, grabbing truck tucker to sate the appetite and inspire creativity.

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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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Cibi Cafe, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Peel back the inner-city onion that is Collingwood and discover layers of local history, infamous characters, quirky creativity and effortless charm.

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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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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


It's known as The Island for good reason – Richmond has everything you need, from fine dining to cosy cafes, international gigs and boutique shopping.

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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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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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Olympic Donuts, Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Follow the fun to Footscray, the ever-changing neighbourhood that's an exciting balance between a growing arts scene and international cultures.

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City view from Williamstown, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Put Melbourne in perspective with stunning views from Williamstown, just minutes from the CBD and offering the best of bayside with a western edge.

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Sun Theatre, Yarraville, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Mix the best bits of a dynamic inner-city neighbourhood with a welcoming village vibe and you get Yarraville, just 10km from the centre of Melbourne.

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Out west

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.