Living Like A Local In Melbourne’s Neighbourhoods

There are some cities where living like the locals is all part of the experience, and with its diverse choice of eclectic neighbourhoods, Melbourne’s one of those cities. If you want to forego the high-rise city hotel and get out in the ‘burbs, here are five Melbourne neighbourhoods to consider.

1. Carlton

With the Italian restaurant strip of Lygon Street carving through its heart, Carlton is the place to bunk down if you want a taste of “Little Italy,” with a vibrant student scene thrown in. It’s just a stone’s throw north of Melbourne’s CBD and home to the impressive Melbourne Museum, as well as art house cinemas and the picturesque Carlton Gardens where you can escape for an afternoon stroll.

2. Richmond

Home to the Tigers and Victorian-era warehouses, Richmond is the blue-collar heart of Melbourne. It’s renowned for its strong footballing culture and working-class watering holes where you can mingle with the locals. Head to Bridge Road if you want to grab a bargain in the factory outlets and seconds stores, then refuel at one of the multicultural restaurants representing all corners of the globe.

3. Fitzroy

Overflowing with art galleries, specialist bookshops and one-of-a-kind cafes, Fitzroy has made a name as the bohemian hub of Melbourne. It’s centred around the legendary strip of Brunswick Street, which is packed with restaurants serving global cuisine and late-night venues heaving with live music. If you’re after a spot of shopping, Fitzroy won’t disappoint, with the suburb’s heritage-listed buildings packed with vintage boutiques and local designers.

4. St Kilda

If you want a beach getaway within easy reach of the city centre, then St Kilda’s the place to stay. It’s linked to the CBD by a historic tramway and lined with charismatic Victorian and Edwardian-era mansions. In addition to being home to one of the world’s oldest fun parks, St Kilda’s long been renowned as an artistic community, with second-hand bookstores to peruse and iconic live music venues like the Palais Theatre.

5. Brunswick

Foodies shouldn’t hesitate about bunking down in Brunswick, which is packed with eateries from every corner of the globe. It was in the post-World War II years that migrants began settling here and it’s well and truly established itself as a multicultural hub. You’ll be spoil it for choice when it comes to finding your morning caffeine fix while by night you can choose between craft breweries, bohemian bars and energy-infused clubs.

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