Explore the Inner East

Melbourne’s city centre could keep you occupied for weeks, but if you want to see something a little different, follow these suburban suggestions.

ABBOTSFORD

Catch a train to North Richmond Station (most South Morang and Hurstbridge line trains stop here) for Victoria Street, the strip known as Little Vietnam. Jinda Thai is a local favourite, but skip the dinner queues and instead stop in for lunch before working off your meal with a walk to the Collingwood Children’s Farm. You’ll meander along the Yarra River before spotting the Abbotsford Convent (weekends only). Feel free to stop at the convent to browse the Reader’s Feast bookstore inside or head straight to the gorgeous animals.

Stroll back to Victoria Street and pop into Quan 88 or any one of the dozens of other Vietnamese restaurants that line the strip. If the kids aren’t with you, stick your head into the Terminus Hotel for a cheeky beverage or two.

 

HAWTHORN

Start your day with a long black from Axil Coffee Roasters, before exploring the Town Hall Gallery. Meander past permanent works and touring exhibitions like What’s Happening Here? (18 March–7 May), which takes a look at some of Melbourne’s emerging abstract painters.

Gami Chicken & Beer is as good a place as any to head to when you’ve got the midday munchies, since its Korean fried chicken is the perfect match for a cool autumn day. Then settle in for an arthouse or mainstream film at the retroinspired Lido Cinemas.

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