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Published July 22nd 2016
It is no secret anymore with this list of hot spots
There is a vibrant coffee culture that lingers the air, exciting laneways begging to be explored, beautiful beaches to relax at and world-class cultural institutions to keep you entertained.
The list below includes four neighbourhoods near Melbourne to explore:
1. St Kilda
Located 6km from Melbourne's city centre, the trendy suburb of St Kilda is renowned for picturesque views of Port Philip and it is regarded as Melbourne's seaside playground! Here you will find the famous St Kilda beach, attractions including Luna Park, Cantani Gardens, an array of restaurants and bars along the bohemian Fitzroy Street. You can also witness the cute fairy penguins who call St Kilda harbour home, visit the historic Esplanade Market on Sundays and be sure to check out Acland Street for some tasty European sweet delights. Getting here: Hop onto the tram 96 from Bourke Street to St Kilda Pier.
Richmond is one of the best places to go in Melbourne if you are a foodie. You will love Thy Thy on Victoria Street for its huge selection of authentic Vietnamese fare or head to Swan Street for a pick of traditional Greek eats, footy fans will love the local pubs like London Tavern, the Richmond Club Hotel and the Prince Alfred Hotel which all allow you to soak up the pre-footy atmosphere! Getting here: Catch tram 70 or 75 from Flinders Station.
3. Fitzroy Not to be confused with the street, the suburb Fitzroy has been a long popular hipster hotspot where you will find all things cool and kooky with vintage clothing stores, old-school pubs, second-hand bookstores and thrift shops. Art lovers will enjoy strolling through Gertrude Street to Johnson Street and down Gore Street and George Street for some of the best street art in Melbourne. If you travelling with the little ones they will love the Collingwood's Children's Farm where you can get up close and personal to real animals with a family ticket of just $20! Do check out the Rose Street Artist's Market that is open every weekend for some handmade gems. Getting here: Take tram 112 from Collins Street or tram 86 from Bourke Street.
The other side of the Yarra River, you will experience a different perspective here with a different vibe to the hustle and bustle of Melbourne CBD. Southbank is home to the Art Precinct where you will find a multitude of world-class museums, galleries and theatres. If you are brave then check out the Eureka Skydeck 88 for an experience on the Edge or if you are feeling lucky try the Crown Melbourne Casino, which is the biggest casino complex in the country!