3 hidden gems of Melbourne

Hipster neighbourhoods and nearby suburbs you need to visit during your next trip down under

Hipster neighbourhoods and nearby suburbs you need to visit during your next trip down under
Hipster neighbourhoods and nearby suburbs you need to visit during your next trip down under
26 Jan 2016

Hipster neighbourhoods and nearby suburbs you need to visit during your next trip down under

Text & Photos: Joanna Goh, reporting from Melbourne

From the sprawling Queen Victoria Market to the artsy-fartsy streets of Hosier Lane and its rustic hole-in-the-wall cafes, there are so much to see, do and dine in Melbourne. The options are endless and there’s always something for everyone -- foodies, shopaholics, thrill seekers and art and architecture lovers alike. For those of you planning your next (or future) trip down under, we’ve got three must-visit locales (that aren’t quite your regular usual tourist hotspots) to recommend. 

Special thanks to Tourism Australia and Tourism Victoria.

#1 Fitzroy
#1 Fitzroy
26 Jan 2016

#1 Fitzroy

Hipsters fall in. This up-and-coming working class neighbourhood which many an art lover call home is not to be missed. It radiates creativity at every turn, from the artist markets (the perfect place to bring home made-in-Melbourne memorabilia) found in the area to the colourful street art that brings the neighbourhood’s bare walls to life. It is also home to secondhand bookshops, vintage clothing stores and an abundance of F&B (food and beverage) eateries with unique concepts of their own.

#1 Fitzroy
#1 Fitzroy
26 Jan 2016

#1 Fitzroy

For your consideration:
Naked for Satan
285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

Contrary to its sinful-sounding name, this is one of the coolest bars in town (absolutely R21-safe too, we swear) and is the perfect place for tapas, coffee and drinks. It is also is one of the best spots to take in the gorgeous view of Melbourne city with a rooftop bar and lounge that is aptly called ‘Naked in the Sky’. We love its copper-toned piped interiors and upholstered furnishings that is reminiscent of a cool science lab from the 19th century.

Photo: Naked for Satan

#1 Fitzroy
#1 Fitzroy
26 Jan 2016

#1 Fitzroy

For your consideration:
Grub Food Van
87-89 Moor St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Because airstream vans are all the rage now – you won’t want to miss out on having brunch in one the next time you’re in Fitzroy. While there are limited spaces in the van, Grub also has plenty of outdoor seating and even has a table-tennis table for diners to sneak in a quick game or two before tucking in hearty breakfast fare or indulging in its freshly-made juices and smoothies. 

#1 Fitzroy
#1 Fitzroy
26 Jan 2016

#1 Fitzroy

For your consideration:
Gelato Messina
237 Smith St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

PS: For those who want dessert, don’t forget to pencil in a trip to Gelato Messina just a few blocks down. It’s a must-visit gelato haven with more than 40 flavours available. Our advice to all is visit Fitzroy with an empty stomach and leave with a food coma.

#2 South Melbourne Market
#2 South Melbourne Market
26 Jan 2016

#2 South Melbourne Market

It’s not hard to see why eating and shopping at Queen Victoria Market (or Vic Market), one of the largest open air market which boasts a plethora of shops and eateries, is a must-do in Melbourne. But for those of you seeking a less populated alternative, South Melbourne Market’s a good place to spend your morning.

Although smaller in size (as compared to its big sister), there’s nothing you can’t find at Vic Market that isn’t available at South Melbourne Market, from fresh seafood and handmade wares to leather goods and even pet food. Need a quick caffeine boost? Check out Clement. Feeling peckish? You won’t want to miss the fresh-out-of-the-oven French bakes from Agathé Patisserie. Need a quick sugar boost? Get your cold fix from Fritz Gelato.

#2 South Melbourne Market
#2 South Melbourne Market
26 Jan 2016

#2 South Melbourne Market

For your consideration:
Tea Drop
Shop #34, South Melbourne Market, VIC 3205

We were floored by the array of tea offerings available at this little corner shop in the market and even more so by its brew bar. The round tins of tea make good (and pretty!) souvenirs for folks back at home, but we’d highly recommend you to walk away with a cup of its specially formulated and blended cold brew (think: craft tea on tap).

#3 Sassafras
#3 Sassafras
26 Jan 2016

#3 Sassafras

A quaint English-looking village that reminds us of the ones described in the books of Enid Blyton, Sassafras is a 19th century town that is located near the Dandenong Ranges and is a good one hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD (central business district) area. Its serene surroundings makes for a good day trip too, especially for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take time to walk around the area and prowl their antique shops before settling for a meal or tea break at its many popular tearooms.

Photo: Tourism Victoria

#3 Sassafras
#3 Sassafras
26 Jan 2016

#3 Sassafras

For your consideration:
Fortnums
395 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road Sassafras

Housed in a quaint little cottage that is well-lit with ample of sunshine streaming through its floor-length windows, Fortnums is the perfect place to while an afternoon away. And if home-cooked fare’s your kind of thing, its western “comfort food” menu will hit the spot and remind one of mum’s cooking. PS: The best place to take food shots are by the windows – which are also the best seats in the house.

Related:
Sightseeing Melbourne a la The Dream Makers

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