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Yarraville is a place that feels like everything has been carefully thought out by someone who appreciates beauty, convenience and the occasional surprise. For a suburb that is relatively small, the cross section of food, drink and things to do is, frankly, pretty remarkable. Dotted with heritage building and hidden gems, it’s a place with an eye on the past, grounded firmly in the now. And hey, not to brag, but Yarraville was named the fifth coolest neighbourhood in the world in 2020.
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What’s Yarraville known for?
One of Yarraville’s most prominent landmarks is the Sun Theatre – it’s one of the first places you see when you hop off the train. It opened in 1938, and after a storied history of closures, changing hands, and expansions, the Art Deco building was refurbished in the 1990s and now features eight separate cinemas, each named for a now-closed cinema from Melbourne’s history. It acts as a kind of centrepiece in the main part of town, with most of the popular restaurants, cafés and occasional street festivals within walking distance.
Why do the locals love it?
If you wanted to, you would never actually have to leave – it’s the perfect blend of residential and recreational, with its own bookshop and cinema, and restaurants and bars to suit every taste.
We asked the staff at the Sun Bookshop for some of their favourite picks of Yarraville so keep an eye out for their thoughts and suggestions below.
How do I get to Yarraville?
Much of the main food and entertainment hub of Yarraville is conveniently situated right by the train station. If you’re driving, parking is relatively easy – if the carpark near the train station is full, the side streets are usually a good back up option.
Seddon is to the north, and just beyond that is Footscray. Scienceworks is located in nearby Spotswood.
Map of Yarraville
If you only do one thing…
Head to the beautifully renovated art deco Sun Theatre for a film, making sure to stop next door and browse the intimate and well-stocked Sun Bookshop for a book to read on the train home.