Immerse in the suburbs of Melbourne and take in the sights, sounds and flavours like a local.
The suburb of Fitzroy reflects the ‘Bohemian’ side of Melbourne. Brunswick Street is the focus, with a vast smorgasbord of tastes and experiences. Second hand furniture shops are everywhere, as are welcoming bookshops, antique clothing and retro shops, turning yesterday's fashions into today's fad.
Melbourne's famed beachside neighbourhood, St. Kilda's outdoor pubs and cafes invite visitors to sip a glass in the sun and watch windsurfers brave the waves. Despite the proximity to the bustling city centre, the area paints a relaxed picture with its antique theatres, historic amusement park, and classic beachside kiosks. Come dusk, St. Kilda comes alive with music and night-time revellers.
Central Business District
The CBD means business, but also knows how to relax – an abundance of hidden cafes, restaurants, and bars pack its narrow laneways. Every weekday, business people, trams, and tourists rush through frenetic streets. The much-welcomed weekend signals the change from business attire and briefcases to casual clothes and cocktails. With its nonstop activity, the CBD offers endless amusement for locals and tourists alike.
In Brunswick, grandmas compare tomatoes in Mediterranean grocery stores while young songwriters busk outside. Most mornings, the smell of Middle Eastern spices wafts from bakeries down cobblestone alleyways and past restored workers' cottages. On the weekends, students queue for vegan brunch while the aroma of roasting coffee pervades the streets.
Carlton’s residents don’t cut their pasta; in this neighborhood’s outdoor restaurants, spaghetti is twirled expertly with a fork and savoured to the last bite. Centrally located Lygon street boasts espresso and pastries just like a nonna made them. Seeking hideouts to quietly canoodle, couples picnic in Princes Park, and longtime residents sidestep college kids for the relatively calm oasis of Rathdowne Street.