Melbourne’s Must-Visit Precincts
While there’s much to experience in the centre of Melbourne, the city is surrounded by several distinct precincts, which are destinations in their own right.
Home to Melbourne’s sporting precinct, Richmond is brimming with places to eat, drink and shop. Some of the city’s most-loved pubs, innovative eateries and popular daytime dining destinations line the streets.
Travel south of the city, through the Royal Botanic Gardens, and into leafy South Yarra where high-end boutiques and high street retailers punctuate the main street and an array of restaurants and bars invite diners to indulge.
A go-to destination for foodies, this area is packed with some of Melbourne’s most popular restaurants and bars as well as vintage shopping outlets. Artistic hub, Greville Street is known for its eclectic boutiques, the Prahran Market is renowned for its fresh produce, and the many sports studios attract a slue of fitness fanatics.
The seaside playground of St Kilda is Melbourne’s most accessible coastal escape. Home to the city’s iconic theme park, Luna Park, it is a destination for families as much as night-life revellers with its bars, clubs and live music venues.
Footscray and Yarraville
To Melbourne’s West, Footscray and Yarraville buzz with a multicultural mix of food stores, urban-cool eateries, cafes and shops. Footscray’s famous market and Vietnamese and African restaurants underscore the vibe here; while Yarraville is a creative hub with a community feel.
To Melbourne’s north, the multicultural neighbourhood of Brunswick has become the home of the hipster with a diverse mix of restaurants, bars, live music and shopping. Mediterranean wholesalers, Arabic eateries and Middle Eastern bakeries give this precinct its flavour while happening nightspots and local breweries keep it moving well into the night.