has the largest Greek population of any city outside Greece and this is
evident in the inner and middle suburbs. You can find numbers of Greek shops
and restaurants in areas such as Oakleigh, Northcote and
Sydney Road Brunswick.
However, if there is cause for the Greek community to celebrate some
national event, chances are they will converge on one city block in Lonsdale
Street. This block (between Swanston and Russell Streets) contains some
Greek restaurants and shops but is not a 'precinct' in the style of
Lygon Street. On an
average day, the casual visitor would assume that Melbourne had a small
Greek population if they were told that this is the 'Greek Precinct'.
However, don't expect to be able to drive your car along there if Greece has
just had a major sporting victory.
The major Greek festival is the Antipodes Festival and there are usually
numbers of events in Lonsdale Street associated with this. Most Melbournians
will know Stalactites Restaurant and many will have picked up a souvlaki
there late at night. Around the corner in Russell Street are several Greek
On the north side of Lonsdale Street in this block is the large QV
complex with its mix of retail, residential and corporate offices.
European Night Market - Madame Brussels Lane
White Hat suggests you rug up and wander around for a night filled with rich
aromas of European fare and a quirky selection of stalls.
There will be mulled wine with a special feature of warm butter rum
and an atmosphere reminiscent of the classic Christmas night
markets in Manchester (UK) and much loved in countries such as Austria, Germany
and Switzerland. More information at
European Night Market >>
Lonsdale Street Greek Festival
The Lonsdale St Greek Festival has run for over 30 years.
Melbourne’s biggest Greek street party brings a weekend of Greek culture,
food and entertainment to the city’s historic Greek Precinct. Featuring 3
stages of free entertainment, children’s rides and activities, and over 60
food, drink and craft stalls, Melbourne’s largest celebration of Greek
culture will take over Lonsdale Street. Details at
Lonsdale Street Greek Festival >>
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