An area’s information to Seddon
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Seddon is a sweet spot in Melbourne’s inner west, nestled under Footscray, with which it shares a zip code. It’s a small suburb that is likely to take only half an hour to cross, but there is plenty to enjoy and distract.
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What is Seddon known for?
Although Seddon is also known for bougie brunches these days, it has solid working-class roots like its neighboring suburbs, and it’s still home to a close-knit community. It’s only a 10-minute drive to the business district from here, but the leafy streets and old-school shopping street of Victoria Street, appropriately named Seddon Village, has a small-town feel to it.
But Seddon made some headlines too – in 1975, Victoria Street shops were damaged in a bombing raid. The explosion, most likely the work of fascist terrorists, was aimed at a Yugoslav travel agency next to today’s fish and chip shop.
Why do the locals love it?
For Elliott Cafarella, a third generation fruit trader who runs greengrocers Pompello With his father, Seddon is a special little community where people say hello to each other on the street.
“It feels like a rural town where people know and care for each other,” he says. “I worry about this sometimes because the working class background gives the West its strong identity and community.”
In part, Seddon is unusual because of what it doesn’t have. “There aren’t too many chain stores or large generic stores, so it’s mostly run by people who work in their own stores. This sets the tone for a caring environment. People appreciate that they know the person behind the counter, ”says Cafarella.
How do I get to Seddon?
Seddon is easily accessible by public transport. Middle Footscray Station is at the top of Seddon Village and Seddon Station is in the southeast corner. It is also served by several bus routes.
Seddon is bordered by Footscray to the north and east and Yarraville to the south. The Maribyrnong River is also only half a kilometer to the east.
Map of Seddon
If you just do one thing …
Bookseller Robert Ford, owner of Seddon Book AlleyThe best kept secrets are the small parks on the main drag – Harris Reserve or Bristow Reserve. “Take some local pieces and sit and relax,” he says.