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North Melbourne


  • Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Roberto Seba

Get to know North Melbourne's innovative arts, edgy bars and cafes and welcoming community.

Sit under the Victorian verandas around Errol Street for convivial brunches and afternoon drinks. Try Auction Rooms, Agraba, Rubicon, Rrose, Sosta and Grigons & Orr Corner Store. For a feast, make a booking at the Courthouse or Sosta Cucina, and for a summery courtyard tipple, vie for a spot out back at the Town Hall Hotel.

Follow the tick-tock of the grand clock to the former North Melbourne Town Hall, now known as Arts House, a thriving performing arts space and hub for the Melbourne Fringe Festival along with the nearby Meat Market. Explore the changing exhibitions at Gallerysmith.

Meander down Victoria Street. On the north side of the street, browse a killer collection of old and new vinyl at Heartland Records, stop for a tipple at Prudence, for Korean barbecue at Woo Ga, or for a brew and a band at the Public Bar.

On the south side, don't (you can't) miss the Queen Victoria Market – or Queen Vic – historic landmark and functioning market. Take a gander at the souvenirs, then fill your basket with the freshest seafood, meats, fruit and deli delights.