Melbourne - Which Neighbourhood Do You Belong In?

Vibrant and cosmopolitan, Melbourne is often described as Australia's cool kid. It's also the second biggest city in Australia after Sydney, with over four million inhabitants.

Its mild climate and jam-packed sporting and cultural events calendar makes it a year-round destination for national and international travellers. Divided into two main parts by the Yarra River - arty in the North and stylish in the South - Melburnians are always proud of which side they call home. Yet, this coastal city's charisma and eclecticism goes way beyond the North/South divide.

The city boasts over half a dozen suburbs, each area more exciting than the last. Whether you enjoy visiting art galleries or sipping cocktails on sunny terraces, Melbourne has it all. We hand-picked the most iconic neighbourhoods in Melbourne for a city experience tailored to your interests.

Welcome to the Historical Central Business District

Dating back to the Victorian era, Melbourne's CBD arcades, laneways and cobblestone streets will give you a feel of what the architecture was like in 1837, when surveyor Robert Hoddle designed the city grid pattern.

Easily accessible by foot, the laneways and shopping arcades are overflowing with al fresco eateries, bars and local designer shops. While wondering the streets, keep an eye out for secret basement bookstores, intimate art galleries and unassuming doorways, sometimes the nicest things are best kept secrets!

Since 2004, Melbourne can also boast about having the most rock and roll street in the country as the City of Melbourne renamed one of their lanes AC/DC- in tribute to the Australian rock band.

Want more? Head to Flinders Lane and catch the free City Circle heritage tram from the CBD, you will easily recognise them as they are painted in green, maroon and gold. The City Circle route will bring you past the lanes and arcades to all the major sites, such as the Old Treasury Building and Parliament House.

Welcome to Bohemian Fitzroy

If your heart is set on all things art, Fitzroy might be the right fit for you. Well-known for its bohemian feel and alternative lifestyle, Fitzroy is located just north of the CBD.

Stroll along Gertrude Street and wander around the contemporary art galleries and eateries. Turn the corner of Gertrude Street to find vintage wares, retro shops and antiques stores.

But Fitzroy's creative edge is not solely found in fashionable boutiques and galleries. Walk along Napier, Exhibition, Johnston and Chapel streets for remarkable street art including murals and paste-ups.

As the centre-point of bohemian culture in Melbourne, Fitzroy is warm and inviting and is the ideal place to start your arty Melburnian experience.

Welcome to Laidback Brunswick

Melburnians describe Brunswick as the trendy, organic and vegan suburb of the city. If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the CBD, Brunswick will offer you the atmosphere of a small Australian town in a multicultural setting. After WWII, a large number of Italian, Greek and Maltese migrants settled here - contributing to the Mediterranean feel the neighbourhood has today.

Brunswick is spread over 5km, but East Brunswick is where you will find unpretentious eco-friendly shops and probably the most easy-going people in Melbourne.

With plenty of trendy cafés, brunch places and late night eateries, East Brunswick will seduce you with its shabby chic exteriors and laid back culture. Urban farm, environmental centre and café, Ceres is a good example of that, showcasing Brunswick involvement in creating a greener Melbourne.

Welcome to Hipster St Kilda

Located along the beach, St. Kilda is home to fitness fanatics, watersport enthusiasts and penguins. Join the locals and skate, walk or jog along the sea front promenade, or take your adventure to the next level and go kitesurfing in Port Phillip's Bay. If you're fond of animals, take a walk along St. Kilda Pier before dusk and you might see a colony of Fairy penguins.

For the past 10 years, this bayside suburb has been enjoying a resurgence including the development of mouth-watering cake shops and cafes. You will find hipsters and coffee aficionados on Acland Street, alongside indie book and music stores.

If you're looking for handmade souvenirs head to St Kilda Esplanade craft market on Sundays, with over 150 unique stalls you won't leave empty handed; expect jewelry, wood products, sculptures and moreish treats.

Behind the market, stands the historic fun fair Luna Park. First opened in 1912, Luna Park attracts Melburnian families and tourists alike, rides include the Great Scenic Railway where you can enjoy stunning views of St. Kilda and Port Phillip Bay.

If you're in Melbourne in February, don't miss St. Kilda festival: a week of art performances including music and comedy.

Welcome to Chic South Yarra and Prahran

Located south of the Yarra River, Melbourne's glamourous Yarra and Prahran neighbouring suburbs are bursting with trendy bars and upmarket designer shops.

Chapel Street and Toorak Road are the main commercial streets. If shopping is not for you, head west on Toorak Road until you come to Fawkner Park, where you can relax and watch locals play cricket, rugby and softball. If you fancy a bite, head south to Prahran market. This popular food market has been attracting foodies to Prahran since 1864. It's the ultimate destination to find fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses and seafood.

In the evenings, glamour often rimes with cocktails and rooftop bars south of the river. If you ask Melburnians they'll tell you that the rooftop bar scene was invented there. With a wealth of cocktails bars to choose from, you'll have the opportunity to try new knockout drinks every day while lounging on sunny roof top terraces overlooking stunning views of the city.

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