New café’s, new bars, property prices up nearly 30% in the past year, the home of CUB and a train line that stops at the front door of the G’- what’s not to love about Abbotsford?
Tucked away in a small pocket of Melbourne’s inner north east, the secrets of this hidden gem are well and truly out. Whether it’s the close proximity to the CBD, the sprawling grasslands surrounding the Yarra’s walking trails, the Collingwood Children’s Farm (oddly named considering its located in the heart of Abbotsford), or the many new café’s, bars and restaurants, Abbotsford ticks all the boxes.
But what makes Abbotsford truly unique is the industrial heritage and working class origins that still encapsulate the area’s history. Take a stroll through the backstreets of Abbotsford, and you will quickly notice the mix of 1960 and 70’s single fronted weatherboards, combined with converted warehouses and renovated Victorian cottages. The area of only 1.8km2 has experienced significant gentrification over recent times while still maintaining its strong heritage overlay to ensure the area’s modest beginnings and rich history are maintained. All of this complemented with new bars, cafes and restaurants such as; Dr Morse, The Carringbush, Three Bags Full, AU79, and Rita’s, ensure Abbotsford remains one of Melbourne’s best areas.