An industrial past, a multicultural feel and a sleek new urban scene make Richmond a true study in contrasts. While gentrification has been underway for quite some time, this inner-city suburb certainly hasn’t lost its vibrant charm. Chic bars, brunch spots and restaurants sit side by side with old-school pubs and music venues, making for one of Melbourne’s most eclectic neighbourhoods.
There’s certainly no pigeonholing Richmond. Whether you’ve come to dine, dance, shop or don your footy scarf and cheer from the stadium (or the bar stool), this vibrant inner city suburb will keep you entertained endlessly.
While you can still see traces of its working-class roots in the grittier corners, Richmond has long since evolved into a multicultural ode to urban living. In parts sleek, in others a little more rough and ready, its streets are home to the glamour set, sports fanatics, hordes of trendy young professionals and well-established migrant communities.
Known as Little Saigon, bustling Victoria Street is a mecca for authentic Vietnamese cuisine, while Bridge Road and its discount stores are a bargain lover’s paradise. Village-like Swan Street offers everything from iconic music venues to cult cafés and Church Street boasts a range of designer furniture and fine art. Whether you like your beer boutique or classic, Richmond’s got the pub for you. Come footy season you can expect to see each and every one full to the brim and bursting with cheer.
A mere stone’s throw from the city, Richmond’s prime location makes it an incredibly popular spot to live, work and play. Creative agencies litter its back streets and office workers can be in the CBD in minutes. Come Friday night, crowds throng its numerous bars and pubs to drink away the week’s woes – and return again the next morning to frequent the area’s much-loved brunch spots.
Homes in Richmond are as mixed as the suburb itself, ranging from sweet Victorian cottages and impressive terraces to multi-story developments and sleek warehouse conversions.
While share houses still litter the suburb’s back streets, they’re steadily being renovated and their colourful occupants outpriced and replaced with affluent young professionals. Rising prices are a testament to this inner-city neighbourhood’s stellar location, and its urban lifestyle is in very high demand.
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