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Top Things to do in Kensington

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
Always on the hunt for creative, fun, and interesting places, events, and experiences.
Published June 19th 2018
Stroll through Kensington's cafe strip, and scenic parks
Kensington is four kilometres north-west of the Melbourne CBD and borders North Melbourne and Footscray. The area has some interesting shops, comfortable cafes, a range of restaurants, and a big playground for the kids.

Shops in Kensington

White Rabbit Records (176 Bellair Street Kensington) is perfect for vinyl addicts and has a cafe and bar. They are open Wednesdays to Sundays from 11am. For more information click here.

For motorcycle enthusiasts, Peter Stevens has a range of accessories, clothing, equipment and bikes. The Kensington Store is at 20 Stubbs Street and is open weekdays from 8am to 5.30pm, and 9am to 1pm on Saturday (closed Sundays). For more information, click here.

Don't Tell Charles (DTC) design contemporary cakes. According to their website they are known for "avant-garde and impactful designs, it's never just cakes for us". Cakes for weddings and other celebrations are their specialty, and you can make an inquiry at their Kensington studio here.

Cafes and Restaurants

Bellair Street on the east side of the suburb has many notable cafes. Fruits of Passion is at number 188, and has great coffee, a breakfast menu from 7am and huge burgers till 4.30pm daily. Sori Cafe is nearby at 174 Bellair Street and serves Japanese and Korean food (mostly dinner menu) from 5-10pm daily (except Sundays).

Bellair Street Macauley Road Kensington
Bellair Street and Macauley Road in Kensington. Credits: Wikipedia, User: Biatch2


Local Folk Cafe is another cafe recommendation in Kensington. They have an excellent breakfast menu and healthy lunch options like grilled salmon and chicken burgers. They are open 7am to 4pm daily and you'll find them at 43 Epsom Road.

The Abyssinian
is at 277 Racecourse Road. Their menu states that they offer "traditional Ethiopian cooking using authentic recipes, spices, methods and served on Injera bread". Prices are very reasonable, and the restaurant is open from 5.30pm to 10pm every day (except Sundays).

Parks and Playgrounds

On the south side of Kensington, next to Dynon Road is J.J. Holland Park (50 Altona Street Kensington). There is a large playground with four major structures and plenty of space for the kids to run around.

Women's Peace Garden is at 69 Epsom Road and is a serene space in the midst of busy Kensington. There is some native flora, plenty of bird life, and some quiet places to sit and relax.

Getting to and from Kensington

Kensington is bounded by Maribyrnong River to the West, and Moonee Ponds Creek to the East with Racecourse Road (which is mostly in Flemington) to the North, and Dynon Road to the South. It is only 10-15 minutes drive from the city.

Kensington Melbourne
Kensington is located in the inner north-west of Melbourne. Credits melbournesuburbsmap.com/


In addition to Kensington Station (Craigieburn line), South Kensington is nearby (on the Werribee/Williamstown lines), and Macauley Station (Upfield line).

Kensington Railway Station
Kensington Railway Station. Credits: Wikipedia, user: Biatch2


There is also Tram 57 that runs down Racecourse Road and bus routes 402 or 404 in the area.
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Your Comment
The Peter Stephen's in Kensington is a mechanics workshop, not a retail store. It looks like this article was written with lots of help from google. Did you actually come to Kensington to do any research?
by grok9 (score: 0|2) 141 days ago
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