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Victorian verandas and an artistic hub
Sit under the Victorian verandas around Errol Street for convivial brunches and afternoon drinks. Try Auction Rooms, Agraba, Rubicon, Rrose, Sosta and Grigons & Orr Corner Store. For a more filling feast, make a booking at the Courthouse, Libertine, Royal Park Hotel or the Crimean.
Follow the tick-tock of the grand clock to the former North Melbourne Town Hall, now known as Arts House, a thriving performing arts space (and hub for the Melbourne Fringe Festival) along with nearby Meat Market. Explore the changing exhibitions at Gallerysmith.
Celebrate at the Spring Fling
Kick your heels up the Spring Fling Festival, the annual North and West Melbourne community celebration. Head to the monthly North Melbourne Market at the Lithuanian Club for vintage and designer finds.
Don't miss the Queen Victoria Market – or Queen Vic – historic landmark and functioning market. Gander at the souvenirs, then fill your basket with the freshest seafood, meats, fruit and deli delights.
How to get there
By tram: Number 57 from Elizabeth Street to the Queen Victoria Market and Errol Street; or Numbers 19 and 59 from Elizabeth Street to the Queen Victoria Market (about 10-20 minutes).
By train: From Flinders Street to North Melbourne station on the Craigieburn and Upfield lines (about 15 minutes).