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Published on July 04, 2019 with No Comments

Melbourne’s neighbourhoods worth seeking.



While Melbourne has a boastful spread of creative endeavour throughout its many enclaves – these hoods have become known for particular forms of art.

St Kilda
From the well-established Linden New Art gallery, Jackman Gallery, Brightspace and the artist collective, studio and gallery space Studio 106 – there can be no questioning St Kilda’s affinity with and appeal to artists. Its bayside aspect providing inspiration for many well-known artists of past and present, including the late Mirka Mora. The long-running Sunday St Kilda Esplanade Market offers local makers and artist a platform to sell their works. Visitors can also get a deep dive into the precinct’s arty history on a guided art walk visiting studios, galleries and meeting the artists with St Kilda Art Tours.

A little known fact about Melbourne is that it is one of the top four jewellery centres of the world in terms of makers. Creative hub Fitzroy is where many of them live and work. Marion Marshall Studios specialises in chunky gold and silversmithing with precious and semi-precious stones. Studio Ingot sells artist-made jewellery as well as offering custom made commissions. The delicate and beautiful designs of Lovehate are available for purchase at maker Geneine Honey’s Fitzroy workshop and store. Many other local jewellery designers can be found at Fitzroy’s Rose Street Market every weekend.

Elegant High Street Armadale has become synonymous with Melbourne fashion designers. Names along the hip strip include Scanlon Theodore, Thurley and Lisa Barron. New brands entering the competitive Melbourne scene tend to flock to the fashion forward precinct including Rebecca Vallance, who originally hails from Melbourne, opening her new flagship boutique in Armadale. Look out for stores that feature chic shoes for men and women, on-trend athletic gear or beautiful hand-crafted leather bags, pouches, clutches and accessories, with some stores offering the option to add personalised embellishments and monogramming. The neighbourhood is also well-renowned for its collection of elegant bridal boutiques and bridal service stores with brides-to-be travelling from far and wide to shop at the Armadale strip in preparation for the big day.

Melbourne’s western suburb has long been a working-class suburb and cultural melting pot, and is now slowly gentrifying into a hipster hot spot. The buzzing inner suburb balances the rich cultural history of international food stores, restaurants and markets, alongside modern and cool new eateries, cafes and shops. The famous Footscray Market is a Melbourne institution, with eager shoppers flocking Tuesday through Saturday to purchase fresh produce ranging from fruit and vegetables, meats, poultry, seafood and exotic Asian produce. Dining options in the heart of Footscray is more diverse than ever, with mainstay Vietnamese and African restaurants, including Afghan kebab shops and Ethiopian eateries such as Konjo Café. With African communities forming a large part of Footscray, some of Melbourne’s most authentic African cuisine can be found here including at Café Lalibela and African Taste, both specialising in traditional Ethiopian fare. The neighbourhood also hosts two African festivals: the Emerge in the West Festival (June) and the Ethiopian New Year Festival (September).


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