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Stand still and watch as Melbourne's oldest suburbs change in front of your eyes; with leafy streets and their heritage buildings restored to house chic boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

Kickstarts and upstarts in South Melbourne

Start the day with a lazy brunch on Clarendon Street and Dorcas, Park and Bank streets. Consume caffeine at St Ali and The Kettle Black, and indulge in daybreak decadence at Chez Dré and Bibelot.

Stock up on fresh produce at the South Melbourne Market for a picnic by the seashore or Albert Park Lake. Browse specialty shops along Coventry Street and stop by the Australian Tapestry Workshop in Park Street.  

After dark, put a South American spin on things at Lamaro's Bodega, experiment with the multisensory menu at Lûmé, or schedule wine time at Smalls and Bellota Wine Bar.

Let loose on the lake

Make your way to Albert Park Lake. Jog or cycle around the lake or join the locals sailing on the water. Join the party in March when the surrounding roads are transformed into track for the Australian Formula 1™ Grand Prix. Swim, shoot hoops and swat shuttlecocks at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, and up your handicap at the championship public golf course or Albert Park Driving Range.

When the racing stops in Albert Park

Return to a peaceful post-Grand Prix Albert Park to explore the Victorian shopfronts of Bridport Street and Victoria Avenue. Window-shop the posh purveyors, ogling the fashionable finery at Filly's Stable and the fascinating finds at Empire Vintage.

Lose an hour or two at Avenue Bookstore, replenishing next door at Albert Park Deli or with ice-cream from Jock's. Turn Japanese at Misuzu’s, go for designer pub grub at the Albert Park Hotel or dine on the lake itself at The Point and Hidden Jade. Gaze at the city lights from Kerferd Pier, shop for fresh produce or see independent performances and outdoor summer cinema at Gasworks.

How to get there

By tram: Number 112 from Collins Street (around 10 minutes – or continue to Fitzroy Street, St Kilda: around 25 minutes); Number 1 from Swanston Street (around 10 minutes); or Number 96 from Bourke Street to Middle Park (around 20 minutes).

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South Melbourne Market

Join the locals browsing the stalls and stocking up on fresh produce, specialty foods and more.

Coventry Bookstore

Bury your nose in all types of tomes and hang around for kids readings at this independent bookshop.

Claypots Evening Star

Bop along to live piano while the fresh seafood you've carefully chosen is grilled to perfection.

Melbourne Style

Find gifts and souvenirs designed in Melbourne, inspired by Melbourne, and made in Melbourne.

Freestyle Espresso

Detour away from South Melbourne Market to find Freestyle's homemade food and understated coffee.

Bibelot

Smother your sweet tooth with French inspired desserts at Bibelot, your local dessert wonderland.

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Mart 130

Just try making up your mind from a breakfast menu boasting all the favourites, all well made.

The Point Albert Park

Set aside plenty of time to experience the creative seasonal menu hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre

Melbourne's biggest aquatic centre is complete with lap pools, a wave pool and a water slide.

Hidden Jade

Get to The Point for straight-up Sichuan cuisine cooked to perfection in a contemporary dining room.

Truman Cafe

Pop into Truman Café at any time of day for breakfast or lunch that's both family friendly and yum.

A Shop Called Moth

Find exclusive casual and formal wear, handcrafted jewellery and unique pieces from around the globe.

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South Melbourne & Albert Park

Produce markets

Gasworks Farmers Market

Gasworks Farmers Market started in January 2006 and is one of Melbourne's best loved farmers markets - in fact, it was named Most Outstanding Farmers...

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South Melbourne Night Market

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