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.
Lonsdale Street Greek Festival
The Lonsdale St Greek Festival celebrates 30 years in 2017, when
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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