Top Things to See and Do in North Melbourne

Southgate Bridge, the Yarra River and the north Melbourne Skyline
Southgate Bridge, the Yarra River and the north Melbourne Skyline | © CandyAppleRed Images / Alamy
Monique La Terra

A historic precinct dating back to the 1840s, North Melbourne is distinguished by Victorian architecture, cafes, boutiques and a thriving arts scene. Of course, it’s also home to the North Melbourne Football Club, known colloquially as the Kangaroos. From the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere to a popular cafe, here are the top things to see and do in North Melbourne.

1. Queen Victoria Market

Market, Shop

Queen Victoria Night Market for summer with skyscrapers at background in Melbourne, Australia
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The heritage-listed Queen Victoria Marketopened in 1878 and has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for 139 years. The market continues to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. Covering 17 acres, the landmark is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere and includes several historic sheds and market halls, offering everything from fresh produce to gourmet delights, souvenirs and jam donuts. QVM also hosts the iconic Wednesday Night Market, featuring international cuisine, handmade arts and crafts, as well as live entertainment.

2. Auction Rooms

Cafe, Australian, Contemporary

Auction Rooms
© Auction Rooms
Twice named Melbourne’s best cafe by The Age Good Cafe Guide, Auction Rooms was opened in 2008 by Andrew Kelly of Small Batch Roasting Co., who sought to create a place where Melbournians could find innovative meals and delicious coffee. Now a part of the St Ali empire, Auction Rooms offers a fine-tuned menu, featuring all-day breakfast and lunch items, as well as showcasing Mexican, Middle Eastern and American flavours.

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