On the fringe of the Melbourne CBD, North Melbourne marches to its own beat thanks to an eclectic mix of innovative arts, edgy bars and cafes and a welcoming community.
High quality, unpretentious cafes, bars and boutiques worth crossing town for are housed beneath the Victorian verandas around Errol Street, inviting convivial brunches, extended afternoon drinks and retail therapy that won’t leave regrets. There’s no shortage of unassuming restaurants serving up sophisticated food in true North Melbourne style.
The North Melbourne Town Hall and its grand clock have morphed into Arts House, a thriving performing arts space (and hub for the Melbourne Fringe Festival). Nearby Meat Market and a handful of smaller exhibition spaces round off the arts precinct.
Perched on the border of North Melbourne, the Queen Victoria Market (Queen Vic) is Melbourne’s historic landmark and functioning market. Browse the souvenirs, fill your basket with the freshest seafood, meats, fruit and deli delights, and make the difficult choice for lunch. The night market is a highlight of the summer months.
One of the last true community festivals in inner-city Melbourne, the October Spring Fling Festival unites North and West Melbourne with entertainment, food, market stalls and workshops. The monthly North Melbourne Market at the Lithuanian Club sells top-quality vintage and handmade goodies.
North Melbourne is 2.5 kilometres from Melbourne’s GPO. Travel by tram on the 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).