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An inner city suburb increasingly popular with left leaning arty/coffee types. 

Flemington, Melbourne (inner west)

How would you like to live in a suburb that Barry Humphries thought was interesting? Flemington has a world famous horse race, a monthly craft market at the racecourse, a weekly farmers' market every Sunday at Mt Alexander Secondary College, a handful of good cafes, great Malaysian/Chinese restaurants including Laksa King, Chef Lagenda, I Love Dumplings and Green Tea which has Melbourne's best laksa soups. There are restaurants with Ethiopian, Indian, Japanese, Somali and Thai food. There are many tree lined streets with Victorian era cottages. In recent years plenty of community minded professionals have moved in along with young families, students and new migrants. And yep, as with many inner city suburbs, Flemington has public housing.


Access to public transport is great with a train and two tram lines which can get you to the city centre, Melbourne University, the hospitals and the zoo. The Melbourne Cup is held in Flemington, as is the Spring Racing Festival, the Big Day Out, and plenty of other music events. Flemington is the type of place anyone from anywhere would feel at home. (More info below and to your left...)


Rent $$$:

apartment rents are at the lower range, house rental prices are mid range

Verb Cafe, cnr Racecourse Rd and Pin Oak Cres - Ph: 9376 2333


Inner city, 5-10km from city centre, Near Melbourne Uni/RMIT/Shillington College, Near VU

Victorian and Federation cottages

Would Suit:

Singles, Professionals, Families, Students

Usually fine


Mixed bag of lollies

If this suburb were a shoe, it would be Birkentstocks, Puma, and moccasins for the bogans

Back in the Great Depression of the 1920’s, if you were poor and lived in Melbourne, there was a good chance you’d end up at Debney’s Paddock in Flemington. Thousands pitched up tents in the open fields when they had nowhere else to go. Several decades later, the same piece of land was turned into a large public housing estate with ugly high-rise Soviet era inspired buildings.

Parking is usually fine. Vibe: jumbalaya – a mix of everything. Shoe equivalent: Puma, Birkenstocks. Would suit: singles, students, professionals who have an alternative bent, gays/lesbians, young families. Location: near a university, inner city. Distance from city centre: 5km. Direction: West.

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