Welcome to South Melbourne
Just a short tram ride from the CBD, South Melbourne is a vibrant hub of shopping, dining, culture and history. One of Melbourne's oldest suburbs, this once industrial centre and migrant quarter now boasts a sophisticated sensibility and colourful, multicultural character.
South Melbourne's rich history pervades its streets and laneways. Explore the old Emerald Hill precinct, which features some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in Melbourne, including the South Melbourne Town Hall. The residential areas are sprinkled with beautifully restored terrace houses, as well as charming little gardens.
Claredon Street is South Melbourne's main shopping strip and one of the city's major retail areas. Admire the stunning 19th century streetscape as you browse trendy boutiques, restaurants and outdoor cafes. Coventry and Park Streets feature plenty of excellent places to eat and shop, including homewares outlets, clothing stores and French interior design studios. Stop by one of the many independent galleries to view works by local and international artists.
Don't miss the colourful South Melbourne Market - one of Melbourne's most popular markets - on the corner of Coventry and Cecil Streets. Open Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends, this is an old-fashioned bargain hunter's delight, offering everything from fresh produce and exotic delicacies to fashion, footwear and gifts.
South Melbourne is renowned as the birthplace of the dim sim, but the area's rich culinary heritage extends to all corners of the globe. Take your pick from home-style Italian cooking, Spanish paella, Chinese yum cha and much more. Dine al fresco at one of the many fine restaurants or chic cafes. Sample your way through continental delis, or enjoy market produce cooked fresh at a Cecil Street cafe.
When it comes to nightlife, South Melbourne features plenty of funky bars, clubs and local pubs. Drink in style at one of Claredon Street's numerous wine bars and cellars, or enjoy live music and dance late into the night.