Explore Melbourne Precincts with Dale Campisi »

The insider's guide to this city's best shops, eateries, bars and other places to just hang out

By Laura McKinnon
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Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria

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<i>Melbourne Precincts 2017</i> revised edition by Dale Campisi
Melbourne skyline and Yarra River, Melbourne, Victoria
Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria


In this latest edition of guidebook Melbourne Precincts, Dale Campisi and prominent locals guide you through 20 of the city's eclectic districts each with their own character and of course, the best coffees.

In each precinct Dale features businesses that stock local makers and produce, in turn supporting their local community. These recommendations are based on the premise that this local sensibility is central to being a Melbournian, and to truly enjoy Melbourne you should act as a Melbournian would.

Dale starts by describing his perfect day out in Melbourne, a day that takes you across the precincts to the very best that Melbourne has to offer. Some of his top picks to visit include:

  • Waffle On and Clementine’s in the central business district
  • Terre Madre in Northcote
  • Gum Tree Good Food in Albert Park.

He also notes that Dandenong and the Dandenong ranges offer many great food experiences for those willing to venture further afield.

The book then goes on to guide the reader through 20 precincts in and around central Melbourne. These include the CBD Central, CBD East, CBD West, South Melbourne, North Melbourne, Carlton, Fitzroy, Collingwood, Northcote and Thornbury, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Albert Park and Middle Park, South Yarra, Prahran and Windsor, St Kilda, Balaclava and Elwood, Richmond and Abbotsford, Armadale and Malvern, Hawthorn, Yarraville and Seddon. Weeks and even months of exploration lie ahead!

The guide does not profess to be a comprehensive guide to Melbourne but instead is a starting point for someone wanting to explore the best of the city. Perfect for new arrivals, visitors or residents exploring futher afield. 

Each chapter of the book offers a guide to one precinct. It highlights a handful of places you should track down to shop in and the top three places you should go to eat and drink.

This is made easy by the inclusion of a map marking not only noting the places to visit but other prominent features of the precinct. For example, the map of the central CBD also highlights the location of Burke Street Mall and Flinders Street Station.

Looking through the top picks for the central CBD it is heartening to see MoVida listed as it's definitely the sort of place you recommend to visitors to Melbourne, somewhere to can enjoy a communal meal and good beer or red wine.

Other recommendations I can wholeheartedly support are South Melbourne Market, Claypots Evening Star, D.O.C Pizzeria and Mozzarella Bar, and Pope Joan.

The verdict

All of this is encapsulated in a book with stunning design and beautiful imagery. It is a great addition to a local or tourist’s collection and would make a beautiful keepsake or gift.

Read the press release here »

Melbourne Precincts by Dale Campisi is published by Hardie Grant Books (2017, Melbourne, NSW; hc, 244 pp) and retails in Australia for RRP A$39.99.

It can be found to purchase online via Booko.com.au »


  • Melbourne Surrounds (VIC)
  • Melbourne (VIC)

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