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Time there half/full day
Time to visit 10am onwards
Getting around walk
Getting there Train: Victoria Park

Abbotsford is sometimes over shadowed by neighbours Collingwood and Fitzroy but cross Hoddle street and you will find one of Melbourne best kept secrets. Set in an old industry area now the warehouses are full of bars, restaurants, record stores, boutique shopping and history. There is so much to do and see in Abbotsford. 

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ABBOTSFORD CONVENT

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The convent was built in 1863 by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd of the Catholic church. For more than 100 years the Convent provided shelter, food, education and work for tens of thousands of women and children who experienced poverty, neglect and social disadvantage. Now, it is a place of beautiful architecture with a courtyard that features a 50 meter tree, a rolling green hill perfect for relaxing in the sun and its medieval buildings that host artist studios, community events, a radio station (3MBS), live music, exhibitions, theater, markets, a bakery, a bar, cafes and the famous Lentils as Anything restaurant. www.abbotsfordconvent.com.au | 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford | 03 9415 3600

 

VIC PARK

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This Cricket and Australian Rules Football ground was first used for sport in 1879 and was home to the Collingwood Football Club for 107 years. The grounds record attendance was set in April 1948, when 47,000 fans watched Collingwood defeat South Melbourne. Nowadays, if the ground isn’t been used for organised sport you can though a frisbee with the dogos or kick the footy and imagine the grandstand full of the black and white army screaming for Gordon Coventry to kick another goal. Abbot St & Lulie St, Abbotsford

 

DR. MORSE

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Tucked under the Victoria Park train station you will find cafe, restaurant, bar and club that is Dr. Morse open 7am until late everyday. With an Asian inspired menu and class cocktails to get you feeling right for a good old party night in the open air courtyard out the back. If you just need a coffee from Jr. Morse or your looking for an excellent dinning experience or you just want to dance the weekend away, Dr. Morse has you covered. www.drmorse.com.au | 274 Johnston St, Abbotsford | (03) 9416 1005

 

ritas pizzeria

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Three fellas started Bottle of Milk and Pizza Pizza down in Lorne. After much success da boyz took a punt on a place in Abbotsford and start Ritas Pizzeria with chef Daniel Spizzica formally from the Stokehouse in St. Kilda. Melbournians continuous bring up Ritas when debating the best pizza in the city and with gluten-free bases, salads, risotto, house-made pastas, beer on tap and great wines also on the menu they have something for everyone. 239 Johnston St, Abbotsford | (03) 9419 8233

 

LULIE

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One of Melbourne’s best homely bars pouring quality local beer and wine. This saloon style bar plays great music and the vibe is always positive. Ritas Pizzeria take-away shop is in the same building, so here you get the best of both worlds all at your own table. The free pool table moves well so if your keen stand around and wait for your turn. www.lulietavern.com | 225 Johnston St, Abbotsford | 0437 626 885

 

studley park boathouse

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This restored Edwardian boathouse is the oldest in Melbourne and it is located on the Yarra River in Yarra Bend Park which is the largest natural bushland in Melbourne. You can hire a boat/kayak or set off for a rememberable hike. If you are not feeling up for it you can relax, eat and drink at the boathouse they serve up quality modern Australian dishes. 1 Boathouse Rd, Kew

 

Small Scale

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Small Scale houses three Melbourne made fashion labels specialises in high quality women clothes and accessorises. Inside the store the store you will find Post Sole Studios, FME Apparel and Trunk and Orderly. www.postsole.com | www.fmeapparel.com.au | 342 Johnston St, Abbotsford

 

DUTCH VINYL

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This place got its name because the owner Tam Patton and Mark Reuten brought 1000’s of records from Holland to Melbourne to start what is now Dutch Vinyl. The collection is eclectic and you can definitely find a bargain in these bins. These guys take pride in their vinyl, they clean and care for the wax, so that old records play like new. They will also buy your pre-loved records too. www.dutchvinyl.com.au | 269 Johnston St, Abbotsford | +61 481 882 219

 

Hub 301

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Hub 301 owner Greg Molinaro has spent years in Melbourne’s dance music scene and his knowledge and tastes shine through in his selections on the shelves. Their is plenty of records from local heroes and the worldwide wax is always banging. You should even keep your eye out for an instore vinyl release party at The Hub, check: Facebook | 301 Johnston St, Abbotsford

 

Park Hotel

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Happy Hours: Monday to Friday / 3pm - 6pm / $4 Pots, $8 Pints of everything on tap / Tuesdays Parma’s are $18 and Wednesdays 250g Porterhouse is $18. This is one of the best happy hours going around in Melbourne because the quality of beer on all the taps. The food is great with something for everyone. Grab a sit by the fire, out the front or in the doggo friendly beer garden. Plenty of screen for the footy too if that what you’re into. 191 Nicholson St, Abbotsford | (03) 9427 2030