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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 feast, make a booking at the Courthouse or Sosta Cucina, and for a summery courtyard tipple, vie for a spot out back at the Town Hall Hotel.

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 the nearby Meat Market. Explore the changing exhibitions at Gallerysmith.

Celebrate at the Spring Fling

Let your hair down at the Spring Fling Festival, the annual North and West Melbourne community celebration or head to the monthly North Melbourne Market at the Lithuanian Club for vintage and designer finds.

Victoria Street and Market

Meander down Victoria Street. On the north side of the street, browse a killer collection of old and new vinyl at Heartland Records, stop for a tipple at Prudence, for Korean barbecue at Woo Ga, or for a brew and a band at the Public Bar.

On the south side, don't (you can't) miss the Queen Victoria Market – or Queen Vic – historic landmark and functioning market. Take a 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).

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Fandango

Take a book, or even a friend to Fandango, a home-away-from-home where the coffee is cockle-warming.

Auction Rooms

Feel like you made the winning bid after a coffee from the Melbourne maestros and a great brunch.

Heartland Records

Fans of vinyl should check out one of the Melbourne's best punk, hardcore and metal collections.

Di Bella Roasting Warehouse

Sign up as an espressophile and learn everything about bean appreciation. As well as a good brew.

Grigons & Orr

Snuggle under a crocheted blanket at a table outside Grigons & Orr, nursing a coffee in a Nana cup.

Town Hall Hotel

This old-school pub, complete with leafy beer garden and solid meals, is a true North Melbourne gem.

Agraba Bar and Mezze

Settle in for a few dangerously good cocktails with Lebanese mezze and old-school tunes. BYO vinyl.

The Courthouse Hotel

Try the lunch specials or the monthly BYO at the Courthouse Hotel, a Melbourne gastropub mainstay.

Queen Victoria Market

Shop 'til you drop at this celebrated market to find souvenirs and to marvel at the Dairy Hall.

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