Errol Street and Victoria Street Melbourne

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Errol Street and Victoria Street Melbourne

To see both Errol Street and Victoria Street you effectively have to walk in a circle, starting and finishing at Victoria Market. As far as shopping goes, both have a small range of clothing and gift shops, but not many mainstream stores. This tour is more for food or drinking, as both have much to offer in this department; be it for sushi lovers, coffee fanatics or beer enthusiasts.

Starting the tour

Catch a train to Flagstaff Station (on the city loop). If you are not travelling on a weekday, trains will not stop at Flagstaff. Instead, take the train to Southern Cross Station and walk two blocks east to William Street, from there, catch the 55 tram to the corner of William and Latrobe Sts.

Section 1:
Directions:

The main entrance to the station takes you out onto William Street. As you exit the station turn left.

Stopover:

Royal Melbourne Mint: To your right you will see the former Melbourne Mint; a government building that was originally a branch of the British Royal Mint. Established in 1879 the building’s style is representative of the Victoria Gold Rush boom period, it is one of the very few Australian buildings built in true Renaissance-revival style; therefore it’s architectural significance is huge in Victoria.

Section 2:
Directions:

Continue walking north for about 5-10 minutes.

Stopover:

Flagstaff Gardens: On your left you will see Flagstaff Gardens. Established in 1862, these gardens cover 7.2 hectares long, hosting a variety of flowers and fauna. If you take a stroll through the gardens you will see various memorials and sculptures that provide insight into the historical background of the area. Barbeques are a common activity here on warm days.

Section 3:
Directions:

Continue walking, soon you will see Queen Victoria Market on your right.

Stopover:

Queen Victoria Market: Officially opened on 20 March, 1878, Queen Victoria Market stands strong as one of Melbourne’s most beloved landmarks. Its colourful (sometimes controversial) past includes periods as a school, a livestock market, a drill hall and a cemetery. The food halls are worth a visit in themselves, boasting copious amounts of fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood, all of unsurpassable quality. Situated just opposite the food area are stalls, stores and shops selling fashion, gifts and souvenirs.

Section 4:
Directions:

Exit the market the same way you came in and continue north along Peel Street, when you reach the intersection with Queensberry Street, turn left.

Stopover:

St Josephs College: Continue along Queensberry Street and soon you will see St Josephs College on your left. Opened in 1903 by suggestion of the Catholic archbishop of the time, Archbishop Carr, it was one of the first schools to be established in the area of West and North Melbourne.

Section 5:
Directions:

Continue walking in the same direction along Queensberry Street for about 10 minutes. On the corner of Queensberry Street and Errol Street is the North Melbourne Town Hall and Arts House Theatre.

Stopover:

North Melbourne Arts House: The Arts House Theatre hosts a wide variety of acts and shows, all of which are brilliantly diverse. Shows change fairly frequently, so if you’re interested in going to one, check the noticeboard outside.

Section 6:
Directions:

Immediately after the Arts House Theatre turn left onto Errol Street.

Stopover:

Errol Street: As the saying goes, quality overrules quantity and Errol Street is the perfect example of this. Even though the main stretch of the street is less than a five-minute walk, you’ll definitely be stopping somewhere. Two bars/cafes that have been highly recommended to me are Joe Taylor (which sells a wide range of beers) and Hot Poppy (both are next to each other). North Melbourne Library is at the start of Errol Street; there is also a comedy bar (The Comics Lounge) which regularly has comics perform – tickets are around $20. The Town Hall Hotel, midway down on the right-hand side, is a classic Melbourne pub with a small, hidden beer garden in the back, great meals and regular live gigs.

Section 7:
Directions:

From Errol Street, turn left onto Victoria Street.

Stopover:

Walking along Victoria Street for 10 minutes will lead you back to William Street and the Victoria Market, thus completing a u-turn. Victoria Street offers slightly different cuisine to Errol Street; there are more restaurants (including Chinese, Thai and Japansese) than cafes and bars. When you see the market again cross to it at the traffic lights and have a browse at the shops running next to it – there are a handful of fantastic boutiques and delicatessens tucked away there.

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