*Today’s post is a guest blog by Katie from www.halfaworldaway.net. She is here to tell you about the best suburbs if you want to move to Melbourne.
Melbourne has to be one of the coolest cities I’ve lived in so far. From the hip cafes in the city laneways to the tantalising sport that takes place every weekend, there really is something for everyone – why else would it be voted the most liveable city in the world! But if you’ve just moved or planning to move to Melbourne, it can be hard to decide where to live. After living in three different suburbs in my two years in Melbourne, I think I’ve discovered the best ones to consider when looking for a place to live.
Southside or Northside?
Melburnians tend to choose between the Southside and Northside (of the Yarra River) and both gave their attractions depending on your interests.
Move to Melbourne: Southside
If you prefer to be close to the beach and like lots of bars and restaurants on your doorstep then St Kilda is a good start for newbies. St Kilda is the go-to place for English and Irish expats, creating a close-knit community for those just settling into the city.
Although the inner city beaches of Melbourne are incomparable to those in Sydney or Perth (sorry, no Bondi Beach here), the novelty of living near a beach still rings true for most expat newbies. St Kilda is only a tram ride away from the city and a short train ride away from some of the beautiful outer suburbs of Melbourne such as Brighton and Sandringham.
Sticking with the South, more popular areas to consider are Prahran, South Yarra or Windsor. These are awesome areas for nightlife, and with endless food joints this is a sure fire place for food fanatics and late night party goers. Chapel Street is the hub of the Southside, and nearby suburbs areas such as the ones mentioned above are extremely accessible to this street which runs right from Balaclava to Abbotsford. You’re also only about 10 – 20 drive/tram ride to the beach!
Move to Melbourne: Northside
Northside tends to have more of a hipster status. If you like rummaging through vintage markets on a Saturday morning and sitting in a quirky coffee drinking a soy mocha then suburbs like Fitzroy are for you. Fitzroy is around 15 – 20 minutes out of the CBD and plays host to the coolest bars, cafes and street art. Wander up and down Brunswick Street and you be encapsulated with the culture of the area!
This is also a great spot to find veggie and vegan food, as well as the best baked eggs in the city! Surrounding suburbs such as Collingwood and Abbotsford are also well worth checking out.
More notoriously known for its alternative and hipster vibe is Brunswick. Located around 20 – 30 minutes north of the CBD, Brunswick is home to some of the best vintage shops in the city. You’re never too far away from a vegan brunch or a pair of 1980’s Dr Marten’s around here. Brunswick is generally split between Lygon Street (mostly famous for its strip of Italian restaurants) and Sydney Road which was once the main road out of Melbourne to Sydney.
If the hipster life is not for you, venture a little further up Sydney Road towards Coburg to get a taste of the Middle East. This area is dotted with delicious Lebanese and Turkish restaurants and shisha cafes.
Move to Melbourne: East
Slightly east of the CBD is Richmond, another popular area amongst Melburnians. Like all of the places I’ve mentioned, Richmond has some of the most Instagrammable brunch spots and popular drinking holes Melbourne has to offer.
However, what is the most attractive element to some is the proximity to sport. Richmond is the sport mecca of Melbourne, with huge stadiums such as Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Rod Laver Area and AAMI Park well within the walking distance of the area.
So whether you’re a gig goer or the ultimate hipster, Melbourne really does have it all! Are you looking to move to Melbourne? If so, please comment on this blog!
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About the Author: Katie Milne