Inner North Melbourne Suburb Information
Comprised of suburbs North Melbourne, Carlton, Collingwood and Fitzroy, the Inner North is a very fashionable area. It is home to boutiques, cafes, restaurants and nightlife. It is an easy bike or tram ride to the heart of the city. It provides comfortable living, parks and space. Low rise buildings dominate the very fresh and trendy landscape.
To the north east of the city centre, Fitzroy is the heartland for young creative types. It enjoys a thriving bohemian culture and has one of the cities most popular retail, bar and dining scenes. Fitzroy was Melbourne's first official suburb and much of the suburb is now a historic preservation precinct, with many building facades covered by heritage listings.
Lying directly north west of the city centre, North Melbourne is located within Melbourne's knowledge precinct. This area comprises the major campuses of Melbourne University and RMIT as well as The Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Royal Children's Hospital, The Royal Woman's Hospital and the new Peter Mac. In and around these institutions are beautiful pocket parks and gardens and lane ways with hidden shops and cafes. North Melbourne is home to some of Melbourne’s best cafes, including Auction Rooms. The Queen Victoria Market is a short walk away as well as the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s CBD. The area is characterised by its semi-industrial past with warehouses slowly converting into premium residential as well as original row housing.
Carlton has a long standing association with the Italian community. Lygon Street is the neighbourhoods main retail and dining strip and is often referred to as Little Italy for its large number of Italian restaurants. The median age in Carlton is 25 years old, with a large number of young singles and independents choosing to live in the area for its great cafes, culture and proximity to major universities. Carlton is characterised by medium- to high-density housing, with a mix of apartments and student accommodation, attached and semidetached terraces mostly from the Victorian era and mix use buildings. In contrast to the outer suburbs, detached homes are quite rare in Carlton, making up just 3% of residences. In it's south eastern corner the beautiful Carlton Gardens provide a green sanctuary to the inner city and are centered around the World Heritage Listed Royal Exhibition Building.
Collingwood once known as a working class, rough neighbourhood has dramatically changed into one of the most popular suburbs in Melbourne. Thriving Smith Street is home to many of the city's coolest restaurants and bars as well as galleries showing work from up and coming local artists and small independent furniture workshops and clothing boutiques.