North Melbourne is a quaint suburb situated just northwest of Melbourne’s Central Business District in Victoria, Australia. It is a municipal town characterised by a unique blend of commercial industry and primarily composed of working and middle-class inhabitants. The area is composed of Victorian-style houses, artistic venues, lively bars, and local cafes.
The Queen Victoria Market headlines the area of North Melbourne, offering a variety of fresh cuisine, produce stands, and boutiques. The Courthouse Hotel and the Town Hall Hotel are two popular places to dine, both offering exquisite outdoor seating. The Arts House provides entertainment and esteemed exhibitions are always on display at the Gallerysmith. North Melbourne features popular festivals, respectively the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Spring Fling Festival.
Getting to North Melbourne is possible by rail along the Upfield railway line to the Flemington Bridge Station. There are three trams that provide routes between Elizabeth Street, the Queen Victoria Market and along Errol and Flemington Road.
North Melbourne was originally called “Hotham” beginning in the 1840s. The gold rush of the 1850s brought an influx of population and the town was renamed North Melbourne in 1887 upon the construction of the North Melbourne Town Hall. Modern tourism boomed in the 1990s, creating a prosperous shopping and dining community.