Get to know North Melbourne before word gets out about the edgy arts spaces, bars, cafes, and welcoming community.

Victorian verandas and an artistic hub

Sit under the Victorian verandas around Errol Street for convivial brunches and afternoon drinks. Artfully styled breakfasts steal the show at Twenty & Six Espresso; serious coffee at Auction Rooms and Roasting Warehouse.

For upscale pub fare try the Courthouse Hotel, the Leveson or the North Melbourne Hotel. For a summery courtyard tipple, vie for a spot out back at the Town Hall Hotel. Broaden your culinary travels with fine Italian at Sosta Cucina or proper Mexican at El Sabor.

Follow the tick-tock of the grand clock to the North Melbourne Town Hall, home of Arts House, a thriving performing arts space and hub for the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Check out the program of festivals and events at nearby Meat Market and 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 celebrations in October, or join your new neighbours for summer fun at the Northside Block Party.

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 or feast on Korean barbecue at Woo Ga.

On the south side, explore the Queen Victoria Market – historic landmark and hugely fabulous open-air market. Take a gander at the souvenirs, then fill your basket with the freshest seafood, meats, fruit and deli delights.

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