Discover the Interesting and Eclectic Suburbs of Melbourne

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Published: 20 June 2024
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Melbourne’s suburbs are incredibly diverse, each offering a unique atmosphere. From the seaside serenity of Elwood to the uniqueness of Northcote’s Highstreet (voted the coolest street in the world), there’s a perfect spot for everyone. 

No matter where you choose to live, you’ll be surrounded by everything you need. Here’s a glimpse into some of Melbourne’s most vibrant suburbs: 

Melbourne City Centre 

In the heart of Melbourne, there’s always something to see and do. From festivals in Federation Square to street art and buzzing cafes in the city’s iconic laneways (check out the art-filled Hosier Lane!), it’s a hub of activity. Some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and bars are also found here, with several hidden behind secret doors and shopfronts. Don’t miss dining at Chin Chin or enjoying a drink at Eau De Vie. For some excellent shopping, head to Melbourne Central and Emporium! 

Carlton & Fitzroy 

Just north of the city centre, Carlton and Fitzroy are interesting hubs packed with great shopping, live music, and cafe culture. Carlton’s beautiful Royal Exhibition Building hosts plenty of art and shopping events, while vintage shops and local designer boutiques can be found in Fitzroy. You’ll also find lots of fantastic restaurants, bars, and live music venues. Check out Attica for a memorable dining experience or enjoy the live music at The Night Cat. Fitzroy also has a big selection of vegan and vegetarian restaurants if that is more your thing! 

North Melbourne 

Open spaces, some of Melbourne’s top eateries, and easy access to the CBD make North Melbourne and Parkville ideal bases for any student studying in central Melbourne. Here, you can visit Melbourne Zoo, browse the famous Queen Victoria Market, or take a bike ride around the parklands. For dining, try Auction Rooms in North Melbourne or The Vertue of the Coffee Drink in Parkville. 

Brunswick, Thornbury & Northcote 

Hip and happening, yet still with a relaxed atmosphere, Brunswick and Northcote are the places to go for a casual night out. Sydney Road offers lots of tasty cheap eats open late, as well as some fantastic cafes. You’ll also find local breweries, bars, restaurants, and shops, as well as urban farms and community initiatives like bike repair workshops at CERES and food swap events. Don’t miss the local vibe at Howler or the delicious fare at Welcome to Thornbury. 

Southbank & South Melbourne 

With top restaurants and river views, it’s easy to see why Southbank and South Melbourne are popular destinations for locals and visitors alike. Southbank is home to great eateries, as well as major landmarks like the National Gallery of Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne, while South Melbourne offers easy access to the beach and the popular South Melbourne Market. Enjoy a meal at The Meat & Wine Co in Southbank or Chez Dre in South Melbourne. 

Prahran, Windsor & St Kilda 

Whether it’s the palm tree-lined boardwalk and the giant, smiling face of Luna Park, or the history-steeped race track at Caulfield, the South East is a fascinating and iconic part of Melbourne. Enjoy a night out if you dare at Revolver Upstairs in Prahran or a beachside meal at Pontoon or The Espy in St Kilda. 

Brighton & Elwood 

Brighton and Elwood are perfect for those who love the beach lifestyle. Brighton’s Dendy Street Beach is famous for its colorful bathing boxes, while Elwood Beach offers a more laid-back vibe. Both suburbs boast a variety of cafes and restaurants. Don’t miss dining at The Pantry in Brighton or enjoying a meal at Elwood Bathers with stunning seaside views. 

Thanks to Melbourne’s fantastic public transport, the entire city is easily accessible. For international students, transportation is even more budget-friendly with the International Student Travel Pass from Public Transport Victoria, providing a 50% discount on the annual myki pass for eligible individuals. 

For more information or assistance with your move, visit our office in Brighton and speak to a Registered Migration Agent at Australian Visa & Immigration Experts. 

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