Rock bands or footy? Pho or smashed avo on sourdough? Cutting-edge fashion boutiques or recycled clothing? Low-key trad pubs or sleek cocktail dens? Fast-paced or slow? Indoors or out? We have it all in Melbourne.
Each of Melbourne's inner-city neighbourhoods is diverse and distinct with its own personality. To help you find your perfect match, we've put together a guide to each neighbourhood. No need to swipe left.
You are: creative, open-minded, progressive and musical
Renowned as Melbourne's inner-north cultural hub, the twin neighbourhoods of Fitzroy and Collingwood are a dynamic duo: ahead of the curve, on the go and unfazed by change.
If you love your share plates and natural wines, sourdough, sustainability and small-batch spirits as much as we do, you'll fit right in here.
Popular Brunswick, Gertrude and Smiths Streets – and almost every side street and laneway in between them – are lively with an abundance of world-class bars, legendary restaurants, organic bakeries and inspiring designer boutiques.
At the same time, you'll appreciate Fitzroy and Collingwood's open-mindedness and authenticity. Beneath the surface there's a great big working-class heart and a fascinating history in the old bluestone buildings and laneways. Discover a longstanding pub music scene at iconic venues The Tote and the Grace Darling, grass-roots creativity hidden in understated galleries, and some of the best DIY creators at popular Rose St. Artists' Market.VideoFitzroy & Collingwood (1:06)Meet Melbourne's twin star neighbourhoods of the inner-north.
Fitzroy / CollingwoodFashionObusDrench yourself in colour, and dresses, coats and pants, at this distillery of cutting edge fashion. In fashion's lottery, Obus is the golden ticket.CafesLune CroissanterieDon't mind the queue: it's worth the wait. Jump in line and get your order ready for some of those legendary Lune croissants.Makers marketsThe Rose St. Artists' Market17 Apr 2021Perfect for post-brunch perusing, the Rose St. Artists' Market is where those in-the-know find Melbourne's art and design talent each weekend.RestaurantsLe Bon TonLetting the good times roll is easy, especially when Deep South specialties, all-night oysters and absinthe are involved.RestaurantsTransformer FitzroyHoused in a former transformer warehouse, The Vegie Bar's high-end sibling may transform a carnivore or two with its seasonal vegetarian offerings.MusicVinyl RevivalVinyl Revival are a record and hifi store on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, riding high on a resurgent love for vinyl and the local music store.RestaurantsSmith & DaughtersIt's only at the end of a meal at Brunswick Street's Italian eatery Smith & Daughters that you realise not a morsel of meat has passed your lips.CafesProud MaryPut your faith in Proud Mary and the fancy equipment for a smooth cup o' Joe and a breakfast or lunch that will get you rolling, rolling, rolling.RestaurantsLazerpigSee what a lazer pig does: it serves up puntastic artisan pizza and spins tunes beneath a disco ball. Crush the earworm with a Spider Pig cocktail.
You are: artistic, a bit bohemian and happiest by the water
If you're all about the beach, welcome to your perfect match: St Kilda is Melbourne's most popular seaside suburb.
It's only natural then that the day starts and ends on the foreshore. A walk along St Kilda Pier, ice cream in hand, is a rite of passage. Keep your eye out for little penguins at the St Kilda Breakwater.
Locals down here are social creatures. Join them on inline skates or your bike along the boardwalk, or find a different perspective on a roller-coaster at Luna Park. Back on the beach, freshening up St Kilda-style means a dip in the heated seawater spas and pools at St Kilda Sea Baths (or the bay, if brave).
On the flip side to all this seaside, St Kilda is artsy and a free spirit, finding flair with fine dining at waterfront restaurant Stokehouse (almost a celebrity itself); creative musings at cafes along Fitzroy, Carlisle and Acland Streets; and plenty of I-like-it-my-own-way fashion and tunes in independent stores.
Back by the foreshore by night, be ready to enjoy a true St Kilda finale: a live gig at the historic Palais Theatre or Prince Bandroom.VideoSt Kilda (1:04)Kick up your heels in Melbourne's most popular seaside suburb.
St KildaRestaurantsStokehouseMelbourne’s much-loved Stokehouse brings a luxe touch to seafood by the seaside, and earns a chef’s hat from Good Food Guide 2020 to prove it.BarsMilk the CowImpress a date at this late night fromagerie and choose from over 70 cheeses, expertly matched with a range of local and international wines.Live musicPalais TheatreThis historic auditorium on St Kilda's esplanade boasts veteran as well as up-and-coming folk, country and indie stars.Beaches & coastlinesSt Kilda BeachEnjoy a day by the seaside at St Kilda Beach, a buzzing hive of fitness activity and home to a weekly market, the iconic pier and heated Sea Baths.Live musicThe Prince BandroomWalk past the famous chalk board sign out front and head upstairs to catch the hottest indie, rock, hip hop and soul acts when they come to town.Heritage buildingsSt Kilda PierProviding panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay, the pier is a popular destination for strolling, cycling, rollerblading and fishing...Leisure activitiesLuna Park MelbourneRide adrenaline-pumping, heart-stopping rollercoasters and try your luck with carnival games. There's a galaxy of amusements for all ages to explore.Live musicHotel EsplanadeSt Kilda's iconic 'Espy' is back after an extended hiatus. And with three stages, 12 bars and two restaurants, there's something for everyone.
CarltonRestaurantsEpochaTake in views of the Carlton Gardens from the understated dining room and sample an elegant menu of seasonal European dishes. Save room for dessert.MuseumsBunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural CentreBunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners of Melbourne, the Boonwurrung and the Woi wurrung language groups...Heritage buildingsRoyal Exhibition BuildingVisit one of the world's oldest remaining exhibition pavilions, built for the Great Exhibition of 1880 and later housing the Commonwealth Parliament.BooksReadingsWhether you're popping in at lunchtime, attending a literary event, or killing time before a movie, Readings is always a hive of bookish activity.CafesKing and GodfreeThe historic King and Godfree deli has transformed into a multi-level Italian food and wine precinct, complete with espresso bar and rooftop bar.Parks & gardensCarlton GardensEnjoy the wildlife, majestic landscaping and ornamental features of these heritage-listed gardens, a popular picnic area for locals and museum visitors.MuseumsMelbourne MuseumTouch and feel your way through local history; give Phar Lap a nod, explore a rainforest, rest in a rollercoaster car, and discover Koori heritage.CafesD.O.C DelicatessenStocked with the finest Italian artisanal produce, this is the perfect place to find that elusive mozzarella di buffalo or San Danielle prosciutto.RestaurantsCarlton Wine RoomExpect excellent food and wine pairings from this Carlton star with award-winning John Paul Twomey at the helm. Hatted by Good Food Guide 2020.
BrunswickFashionLost & Found MarketFind objects of beauty in this sub-cultural goldmine with over 40 stalls dealing in vintage furniture and clothing, eclectic art, books and bric-a-brac.FashionDejour JeansFind the perfect pair of jeans. Made onsite in Brunswick with free alterations included in the sale price, these may be the best jeans in Melbourne.BreweriesTemple Brewing CompanyBeer is better with food, and the fine beer at Temple Brewing Company is matched by exceptional food made in house at the East Brunswick brewery's HQ.CafesCode Black CoffeeEschew the frantic takeaway coffee for the relaxed sip-in experience at Code Black Coffee, with its slick fit-out and and mouth-watering cafe menu.Live musicThe JazzlabThe Jazzlab's mantra is to dedicate itself to promoting and developing live jazz as an art form.Located at the quintessential setting on the corner of...ShoppingMr KitlyStep into a wonderland of homewares, art and design celebrating artisanry and the Japanese aesthetic amid a profusion of pot plants.PubsThe RetreatBoasting a cosy front bar, massive beer garden and dance hall/band room, The Retreat is cherished by all who pass beneath her faded facade.RestaurantsVery Good FalafelPopular among locals and ideal for vegetarians, this Brunswick eatery delivers just what its name suggests. It's good falafel. Very good.Parks & gardensCERES Community Environment ParkCERES' mission is to help people fall in love with the EarthLocated on the banks of Merri Creek in East Brunswick - CERES is one of Australia's most visited...
You are: at home in an artistic and multicultural community
Congratulations: your nose for creativity and diversity pairs you up with inner Melbourne's most up-and-coming neighbourhood.
You may have caught a whiff of what's cooking in Footscray's multicultural kitchens. The neighbourhood's strong Vietnamese, Chinese and North African communities are responsible for some of the tastiest gastronomic options around. Choose from wonton noodle soup, pho, masala dosa or an Ethiopian share plate with spongy injera bread.
Having tasted such mighty flavours, you're not content to stop there, right? Footscray Market is the place to source all those special ingredients and spices for your DIY cooking journey.
Get to know the Westside's artistic side at creative hub Footscray Community Arts Centre – pop in for local theatre and visual arts exhibitions. And you've found the ideal music festival partner each year as the neighbourhood plays host to the St Jerome's Laneway Festival.VideoFootscray (1:04)Get a whiff of what's cooking in Melbourne's most up-and-coming-neighbourhood.
FootscrayBreweriesHop Nation Brewing Co."In hops we trust". Travel to Hop Nation to spend your weekends mingling among food trucks and sampling the Nation's craft beers and seasonal brews.RestaurantsHarley and RoseTuck in to wood-fired pizza and more at this neighbourhood spot in Melbourne’s inner west, awarded Best Casual Restaurant in 2018 by Time Out.BarsBack Alley Sally'sSet up by Jerome B. – the brains trust behind 1000 £ Bend – this low-key space dishes up burgers and toasties along with crafty beers and table vino.CyclingMaribyrnong River TrailDiscover the fascinating past and surprising beauty of the Maribyrnong River on this easy ride from Melbourne to the natural haven of Brimbank Park.CafesRudimentarySit out in the herb garden and discover the quality, fresh food and the buzz of the locals who are beyond lucky to have Rudimentary in their 'hood.National parks & reservesMaribyrnong RiverThe Maribyrnong River, which begins on the slopes of Mount Macedon and flows to Port Phillip, has played a major role in the occupation and development...
You are: a perfect mix of stylish and sporty
Richmond is about enthusiasm, no matter which side of the arts versus sports divide you fall on. In fact, these two integral aspects of Melbourne's nature are harmoniously combined in this 'hood.
You'll fit right in at the famous MCG, home to Victoria's own AFL football each winter. Don team colours to experience the roaring crowds, the skill on the field, the meat pies with a splash of tomato sauce. Hot tip: Richmond's team is the Tigers. They’re the ones in black and gold.
Digest the game over a beer at a local pub, cheerful pho on Vietnamese-focused Victoria Street, or dress for chef's-hatted Japanese at Minamishima.
Either way, you'll want to look the part. The marathon of fashion boutiques and factory outlets along Bridge Road requires a true meeting of style and athleticism. As does carting home furniture buys from Church Street designers.
From there you're good to roll straight into a rock gig at the legendary Corner Hotel, where music lovers are equally passionate about the performance.VideoRichmond (1:09)Discover Melbourne's meeting spot for the sporty and stylish.
Richmond / CremorneCafesFeast of MeritTake your pick of what's going to leave you feeling most warm and fuzzy about dining on the Middle Eastern influenced fare at Feast of Merit.Spectator sportsMelbourne Cricket GroundSee a match or tour the home of Aussie cricket and the Australian Football League, the site of the 1956 Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.Live musicThe Corner HotelQueue up to see international bands or local stalwarts most nights of the year at this classic Melbourne pub and live music joint.RestaurantsAnchovyWrangle a spot at Anchovy. With a hat from Good Food Guide 2020, it has Bridge Road buzzing about its light, balanced modern Asian-Australian menu.RestaurantsMinamishimaImmerse yourself in the art of sushi with omakase (chef's selection) from Koichi Minamishima. Three hats from Good Food Guide 2020.