River-side suburb, wedged between Richmond and the Yarra River, has become the city’s technology and creative hotspot with a host of digital companies moving into the trendy area. Named after the Cremorne pleasure gardens established in 1853 on the banks of the river, the suburb was officially recognised and renamed in 1999. With an eclectic mix of architecture, Cremorne’s history of shadowy businesses has given way to a hidden gem of converted warehouses.
The Precinct Hotel is a fan favourite pre and post-match. Located amongst the hustle and bustle on the corner of the popular Swan St, the venue celebrates the best of Melbourne; from watching all the sporting action to enjoying live music every weekend and good pub food. 60 Swan St, Cremorne, Victoria, 3121. (03) 9429 1633.
The new playful Mexican bar within a drop punt of the MCG was inspired by the American political environment. Opened in November, South of the Wall is a fun and cheeky Mexican cocktail bar with great food and no shortage of tequila. Without restraint, the bar has run with its theme which is highlighted by a giant mural of Donald Trump peeking over a wall in the large courtyard. 2/4 Cremorne St, Cremorne VIC 3121.
Hidden amongst the warren of converted warehouses in the backstreets of Cremorne, the quirky Cherry Tree Hotel is an institution for locals and a favourite destination for a post-work tipple for the creative inhabitants. A craft beer haven, the venue boasts 23 forever changing beers on tap and a kitchen that reflects the neighbourhood’s eclectic taste, pub favourites and woodfire pizza. 79 Stephenson St, Cremorne, Victoria, 3121. (03) 9421 1293.
Located right in the heart of Melbourne’s sporting and entertainment precinct, 381 Cremorne offers one, two and three-bedroom boutique serviced apartments. Visitors can stay in style and live like a local in luxury accommodation with easy walking access to the best events, restaurants, bars, music and cafes. Each apartment contains a fully equipped kitchen & laundry facilities with spacious open plan living and dining areas. 381 Punt Rd, Cremorne, Victoria, 3121. (03) 9421 1500.
Escape the action and find some solitude with a treatment at the Little Company. Using the unique ‘living skin’ method, Little Company uses modern and traditional techniques to support skin to produce sustainable and long-term results. From relaxing to corrective, visitors can pick from treatments tailored to the season, an individual experience or a 20-minute rejuvenating light therapy. 79 Stephenson St, Cremorne, Victoria, 3121. (03) 9421 1293.
A popular culture icon of Melbourne, the heritage listed neon Nylex clock is a constant reminder of Cremorne’s industrial past. Sitting atop former malting storage silos, the sign has become part of the city’s landscape after it was erected in 1961 on behalf of the Australian plastic manufacturer. Australian musician Paul Kelly referred to the clock’s proximity to the Melbourne Cricket Ground in his song Leaps and Bounds. Cremorne St, Cremorne, Victoria, 3121.
As the live music capital of the world, it’s only fitting to lay down the next global hit single in Melbourne at Cremorne’s Ginger Studios. The recording studio is a world-class architecturally designed facility capable of delivering the highest level of music production available today. Hidden in a refurbished warehouse, the recording studio is the ideal choice for emerging and established artists. The studio’s growing history includes Justin Bieber, Flume, The Wu-Tang Clan, Jason Derülo, The McQueens, Pekoe, James Mustafa, Boom, Crash, Opera!, Tina Arena, Syzygy. 7/11 Jessie St, Cremorne, Victoria, 3121. 0438 172 808.
The playful café has a serious sustainable focus. Located in an expansive, open warehouse, Denis the Menace offers eco-friendly coffee with a conscious boasting furniture and fittings from reclaimed timber and over 12,000 in-house compost worms. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, the café serves a mix of food healthy, hearty, delicious or with a twist of something new. 106-108 Chestnut St, Cremorne, Victoria, 3121. (03) 9428 9061.
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