Australia’s hottest neighbourhoods

According to recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more Australians are travelling overseas despite the declining Australian dollar. However, Australians must realise that they need not go to a foreign country in order to experience great nights out with friends or family. With only enough money for food and liquor, there is at least one Australian neighbourhood in every city that packs a deal when it comes to weekend fun and entertainment. Below are seven urban Australia cities that give equally good memories as an overseas travel.

Australia's hippest neighbourhoods
George Street, Sydney

The central business district of Sydney is a crowd magnet when it comes to restaurants, bars, and boutiques that flank the side of the streets. Groups or individuals looking for a quick drink might find what they need at The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room; those in for some gustatory adventure might find Australian dishes at Est or Cantonese cuisine at Mr. Wong highly appetising.

Practically all kinds of restaurants are present on George Street, even on the three-kilometre district road from the Rocks to Central Station that lies close. Those with penchant for Chinese foods and trinkets will also find Chinatown a haven, especially with Da Dong for its Peking duck as well as karaoke joints and massage parlours.

With a $1.6 billion budget allotment for the development of a light-rail transit and a pedestrian area, George Street will even become a more accessible weekend spot for locals and regional dwellers.

Northcote, Melbourne

With its rough and ready attitude, Northcote offers the right weekend getaway for people satisfied with simple cafe or deli arrangement. Baked goods are served at Red Door Corner Store, while free-taste food and dinner meals are available at the Estelle. Those who enjoy bar-and-music ensemble will find it worthwhile at the Northcote Social Club or Joe’s Shoe Store. For family or friendly gatherings with the right amount of music, foods, and drinks, Wesley Anne is the right place to stay for a few hours.

Northcote is accessible to visitors through the South Morang train line or the 86 tram. There are affordable and high-end hotels in the area, so those who want to stay longer would definitely be comfortable and safe.

Lonsdale Street, Canberra

Lonsdale is a famous go-to spot for after-work wind-downers looking for light meals and some window shopping. There are international labels selling different wares as well as salons and restaurants. Some restaurants to try are the Elk and Pea for its Central American menu; the Autolyse Bakery for fresh tarts, breads, and croissants; and Eightysix for delicious sundae with peanut brittle and popcorn ice-cream.

Lonsdale is also a good meet-up point for travel buddies because of its 10-minute-drive proximity to the airport. Hotels are not abundant, but some notable to try are Mantra and the Clifton Suites.

Fortitude Valley Fringe, Brisbane

Bringing Brisbane to fame as a worthwhile dining and shopping district is Fortitude Valley Fringe, a micro-precinct created by hotelier-entrepreneur Damian Griffiths. Proclaimed better than its Los Angeles-counterpart Santa Monica, this is a great place to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner—or even in-between meals—without worrying about exhausting all food options. There are restaurants serving pizza, espresso, seafood, beer, and other tasteful delights that will make visitors come back more than once.

Fortitude Valley Fringe can be reached in half an hour from the airport and once there, every establishment is within walking distance.

West End laneways, Adelaide

Capturing visitors with its old-architecture charm, West End laneways is a two-lane beehive for laid-back diners and light shoppers. Being in the heart of the central business district and close to the railway and bus stations, the parallel laneways of Peel Street and Leigh Street are home to bars serving food, liquor, and music. Depending on the bar, different kinds of entertainment can be had, including flamenco, jazz, and contemporary music performed by local bands. Some spots to try are Clever Little Tailor, Casablabla, and Udaberri.

Leederville, Perth

Accessible to visitors through the Leederville train station and the Green CAT bus, this bustling dining and shopping centre offers a variety of restaurants and boutiques for wind-downers. Some notable stores are the Urban Depot, Atlas Divine, and Black Plastic—shoppers are sure to find items from trinket gifts to designer wear. Studio Bomba for its distinct coffee, Sayers Food for organic-mixed staple dishes, and Duende for Spanish tapas are some must-tries for food adventurers. Leederville buzzes more at night, perfect for night shoppers looking to relax at one of the cafes facing the street.

West Hobart, Hobart

With its simplicity equal to eating outside a friend’s garden, West Hobart is a great place to drink wine while eating barbecue, with the cool Hobart breeze wafting the smell of roasting or smoked meat from the nearby restaurants. Garagistes and Westend Pumphouse are two where people can relax seated outside while drinking and enjoying music. Those craving for charred meat must head to Crumb Street Kitchen for its staple brisket, pulled pork, and tri-tip barbecue. The best part of the experience is that the rest of the city is walkable from this weekend and late-night hub.

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