Recently, Preston High Street has seen a large growth in new cafés and restaurants, but the area is best known for its traditional market, which has thrived here for over 30 years. Spread out over two street blocks, Preston Market has a diverse mix of traders and multi-cultural street performers. Market traders compete with each other, shouting out prices and bargains for almost every type of product. The market is located next to Preston Station which is a 20-minute train ride from the CBD in Melbourne's northern suburbs.
Hotels in Preston are also well-serviced by trams and the city’s extensive bus system, and are roughly 15 minutes by car from the international airport. Set amongst resort-styled landscaped gardens, the 444-room Rydges Hotel Bell City captures the spirit of this Victorian capital.