South Melbourne, a wonderful inner city Melbourne suburb with streets lined with beautifully-restored public buildings, terrace houses and heritage mansions, lies between Melbourne's riverfront Southbank precinct and the bayside suburbs of Port Melbourne and Albert Park. At South Melbourne you can enjoy fantastic shopping and great coffee, all just a few minutes from the serene parkland surrounding Albert Park Lake.
South Melbourne offers a comprehensive retail and dining experience for shoppers, with a one kilometre shopping strip through the heart of the suburb along Clarendon Street, around the corner from South Melbourne’s busy shopping strip is Coventry Street with unique home wares, fashion and gift shops. Further down is the South Melbourne market where you’ll find fresh food and plenty of other bargains from sunglasses to saucepans.
As one of Melbourne's oldest inner-city suburbs, legacies of the past can be seen at various locations such as the South Melbourne Town Hall which was built in 1880, and many small but attractive gardens which are dotted throughout the residential areas. South Melbourne's close proximity to the Melbourne city centre has seen the development of many high-rise apartment buildings through the years.
Made famous internationally by the annual Grand Prix, South Melbourne and Albert Park, are gracious seaside suburbs close to the city. Both South Melbourne and Albert Park have a fantastic selection of places to eat ranging from inexpensive cafes to five star dining.