What are the best neighborhoods in Melbourne?

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James Ridenour
  • James Ridenour

  • Chief Concierge, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto

Toorak is Melbourne’s wealthiest suburb. Many of Australia’s business elite have their mansions here. The main shopping area is the ‘Toorak Village’ on Toorak Road, which is home to many elegant neighbourhood shops, cafes and restaurants.

St Kilda is one of Melbourne’s best known bay side suburbs, located on Port Phillip Bay. St Kilda is well known for The Kiosk at the end of the St Kilda pier as well as the cake shops on Acland Street, which have a mind-boggling selection of cakes and pastries. St Kilda also has a number of excellent restaurants from inexpensive to fine dining to choose from.

Fitzroy is located close to the north end of the CBD and is well known for its Bohemian shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and its funky and trendy inhabitants. The main shopping and restaurant streets are Gertrude and Brunswick Streets. Here you find a huge variety of specialized shops for books, perfumes, clothes, antiques, flowers, gardens and much more. Expect to be pleasantly surprised.

Williamstown is located in Melbourne’s west and is easily accessible from the Yarra River in the city via the Williamstown Ferry Service. The ferry ride takes around 40 minutes each way and operates every day weather permitting. Williamstown is a lovely bay side suburb noted for its charming Victorian buildings and its seaside cafes and restaurants. One of the best photo opportunities to capture the skyline of Melbourne is from the shores of Williamstown.

Richmond is one of inner Melbourne’s most vibrant suburbs. There are many great shops, furniture stores, luxury car dealerships, cafes and restaurants located on Bridge Road and Church Street.

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