Seddon is a suburb where workers’ cottages sit side-by-side along tree-lined streets, where young families mingle and where laughter, conversations and the sound of coffee machines mix in the air.
Sitting on just one square kilometre, Seddon is a charming pocket of Melbourne’s inner west. It is a suburb that has drawn young, working couples and families to its embrace over the past decade with a combination of good food, coffee and stylish inner-city living. Of course, having existed as its own suburb for more than a century – it was originally named Belgravia, and was historically referred to as part of neighbouring Footscray – there is plenty to love about Seddon.
Seddon locals love their food and drinks, and there’s no better place to start than with a coffee and breakfast at one of the cafes that line one of the main strips, Victoria Street. Alfa is one that has expanded from Yarraville to Victoria Street, and it’s perfect if you have the kids in tow.
Staff at The Little Man Café know their locals by name, there’s an eclectic collection of kitsch throughout the cafe and the coffee and pastries are top-shelf. The food, though, is what you’ll most remember The Little Man for. Breakfast and brunch staples abound – think bacon and egg breakfast rolls, smashed avocado and French toast – but there are a few tantalising options on the menu as well. Their Chinese fried eggs are overflowing with Asian ingredients and flavours, and the chicken burger, a herb crumbed chicken breast slathered with chilli mayo on a melt-in-your-mouth brioche bun, is the stuff of legend.
If you’re looking for an evening meal, make a bee-line to Copper Pot and take a trip around Europe. Head chef Ashley Davis cut his chops (no pun intended) in London and presents his European culinary experiences for lunch Thursday to Saturday and for dinner Tuesday to Saturday. Sure, you could choose one or two things from the substantial menu (which helpfully notes the origin country) but to do Copper Pot justice, take a seat at the bar and dive headfirst into the Chefs’ Road Trip degustation menu.
Seddon is also home to one of the best second-hand vintage shops in Melbourne, Once More, With Feeling. The bright colours and tantalising vintage clothes will draw your eyes throughout the store, and before you know it your hand will involuntarily make its way to your credit card. Before you go, make sure you pop into the changing room for its leopard-print and floral wallpaper.
Locals – meaning folks from all over the western suburbs – love Harris Reserve, one of the best playgrounds in Seddon. It’s always bustling with mums, dads and kids getting to know each other and exploring the climbing frames and, invariably, the bushes and gardens that line the boundary fences. Plenty of seating makes this the perfect destination if you have a coffee in one hand and a child in the other.
Keep an eye out for events taking place in Seddon throughout the year. Seddon Makers’ Market has been taking place since 2008, with a few Saturdays earmarked each year (4 May, 7 September and 16 November in 2019). Dozens of local makers – both established and up-and-coming – set up both inside and outside the Seddon Uniting Church in Gamon Street. Another key moment in the Seddon community is the Seddon Festival, where locals and visitors come to watch the impressive (and sometimes hilarious) Waiters’ Race and the annual Dog Show.