Take a relaxed village vibe and stir in some creative inner-city energy and you get a sense what is happening at Yarraville and sister suburb Seddon, 10 kilometres from Melbourne's CBD.

While away time in Yarraville

Begin early morning at Beaton Reserve, where the monthly farmers market serves up rickety tables loaded with fresh eggs, pumpkin, herbs, cheese and olive oils. Load up your bag and start planning for coffee.

Dad and Dave’s Café alongside the train station has mouth-watering brekky options, as does the eclectic Feedback Café further into the village, with its vegetarian choices. Once you are sated, it’s time to stretch your legs and wander. ‘The village’ has charm and character throughout with refurbished Edwardian and Victorian shopfronts, grand facades and tiny streets. Also – no parking meters!

Breakfast and a movie

The handsomely restored Art Deco Sun Theatre takes pride of place: a modern-day icon of Melbourne's film community showing cult films, classics and recent releases. Outside its wide doors the street has been blocked off and transformed into a meeting place for families and couples. Drawn in by two Sun Bookshops (one for adults, one for kids), pop-up galleries and the bustling Cornershop Café, Ballarat street is the thriving heart of Yarraville.


For an extraordinary lunch make your way north to Gamon Street to find Navi, where chef Julian Hills puts together a wild-food degustation menu. He even makes his own plates. A few steps further and you have entered leafy Seddon, where the Sourdough Kitchen bakes mouth-watering bread loaves and the gorgeously ramshackle Fig and Walnut Café serves up home-made sausage rolls and mushroom pie.

Seddon is quiet and understated, with a growing batch of wine bars, cafes and creative outlets seeded amid second hand shops, fish and chip shops and milk bars.

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