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NORTH MELBOURNE

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THE AREA

Once a rough and ready working class suburb, North Melbourne has evolved into a stylishly eclectic neighbourhood on the fringes of the CBD. Converted warehouses, charming period homes, majestically wide streets and an ever-growing roster of chic cafés and bars mean that this buzzing suburb is no longer a safely-guarded hidden gem.

Lifestyle

Despite its proximity to the CBD, friendly North Melbourne is renowned for maintaining a strong sense of community – postcode-proud locals are fiercely loyal to their charming slice of inner-city living. The key to North Melbourne’s lasting appeal is the way it successfully manages to sustain that laid-back village feel.

Wearing its working-class heritage with pride, the warehouses, cottages and old school pubs that populate this football-mad neighbourhood (the white and blue flag is worn with pride on these streets) point to the North Melbourne of yesterday. Buzzing Errol Street, with its impressive roster of cafés, restaurants and bars, is representative of the area’s flourishing present.

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Lifestyle

Despite its proximity to the CBD, friendly North Melbourne is renowned for maintaining a strong sense of community – postcode-proud locals are fiercely loyal to their charming slice of inner-city living. The key to North Melbourne’s lasting appeal is the way it successfully manages to sustain that laid-back village feel.

Wearing its working-class heritage with pride, the warehouses, cottages and old school pubs that populate this football-mad neighbourhood (the white and blue flag is worn with pride on these streets) point to the North Melbourne of yesterday. Buzzing Errol Street, with its impressive roster of cafés, restaurants and bars, is representative of the area’s flourishing present.

Luckily, increasing gentrification has done little to dampen North Melbourne’s unique spirit. From its heritage-listed Town Hall to the wide streets and undulating hills that are typical of the area – this lively enclave continues to flourish. A cosmopolitan suburb that draws visitors from across the city for its enviable dining options and bourgeoning creative scene, it seems that for North Melbourne, the only way is up.

Neighbours

North Melbourne is for the young – the median age of its residents is of just twenty-nine. Students and office workers can’t get enough of this lively neighbourhood’s trendy café scene and growing roster of bars and pubs. And with the city centre within walking distance, the living sure is easy. 

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Neighbours

North Melbourne is for the young – the median age of its residents is of just twenty-nine. Students and office workers can’t get enough of this lively neighbourhood’s trendy café scene and growing roster of bars and pubs. And with the city centre within walking distance, the living sure is easy. 

Yet despite gentrification and the skyrocketing prices that come with it, North Melbourne’s old guard still show no sign of leaving. From the original working-class families to the migrants that first called this big-hearted community home, all have come together to turn this happening enclave into the kind of melting pot that cosmopolitan Melbourne has become known for.

Area features

CAFÉ CULTURE
STUDENT LIFE
ARTS AND CULTURE

CAFÉ CULTURE

Cult favourite Auction Rooms is the jewel in the crown of North Melbourne’s burgeoning café scene, with brunch-hungry hoards descending on this inner-city pocket in droves each weekend.

STUDENT LIFE

With its proximity to the bright lights of the CBD as well as the University of Melbourne and RMIT, buzzy, carefree North Melbourne is something of a student hub.

ARTS AND CULTURE

A bohemian enclave with established working-class roots, the spacious streets of North Melbourne are home to a wide array of galleries and artist’s studios.

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