Set along the banks of the sparkling Yarra River, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct offers some of Melbourne’s best dining and shopping experiences. Once a neglected industrial site, Southgate was redeveloped in the 1990s and transformed into a thriving, cosmopolitan hub.
On any given day – or night – thousands of locals and visitors descend upon the riverside promenade to immerse themselves in the excitement of one of the city’s foremost entertainment complexes. From fine dining to contemporary art, casual cafés to high fashion, Southgate offers a little something for everyone.
Food and wine lovers will relish the world-class fare offered at the variety of eateries that line the riverbank. Visitors can sit on the balcony to soak up the sun and enjoy free sidewalk entertainment during the day, or come at night to watch the passing parade and see Melbourne’s skyline light up from the best seat in the house.
Shopaholics can explore the eclectic mix of retail stores that carry everything from quirky gifts and homewares to jewellery and clothing. On Sunday mornings, market stalls wind along the forecourt, featuring Handmade Australian goods including decoupage, jewellery, hats and wrought iron works.
As the home of Melbourne’s Arts Centre, Southgate is also one of the city’s most important artistic centres. Local and international talent headline a range of performances, including opera, cabaret, contemporary music, symphony concerts, stand-up comedy, drama and experimental theatre.
Southgate is just a minute’s stroll from the beautifully appointed Clarion Suites Gateway, which is considered among Melbourne’s best accommodation. Enjoy your Melbourne adventure from one of the city’s finest hotels.