As the culture capital of Australia and the ‘world’s most liveable city’ Melbourne sure does have a lot to boast about. Classically cool and elegantly edgy it has a little something for everyone. You could say that Melbourne really does have it all, and after living there for eight months I’d argue that it really does. Here are a few of my favourite things to get up to in this beautiful city.
1. Hit the beach and the bars at St Kilda
St Kilda is a favourite among both travellers and locals. With it’s close proximity to the city, palm tree lined promenade and long stretch of sand St Kilda is the place to be on those sunny weekends. Head to one of the bustling bars for a refreshing drink or take a walk down the pier where you might even spot a little penguin splashing around in the water.
2. Ride the rides at Luna Park
Go back a century in time and embrace your inner child at Luna Park in St Kilda. With its moon face entrance, oldest continually running roller coaster and carnival atmosphere Luna Park is truly iconic.
3. Head for brunch
Brunch is a serious business in Melbourne and boy do they do it well. There are hundreds of cafes to chose from all across the city and its suburbs but three of my favourite are Hardware Societe (CBD), Drugstore (South Yarra) and Top Paddock (Richmond).
4. Hit the Rooftop bars
Make the most of a nice day and head to one of the many rooftop bars where you can admire the view of the city skyline with a sangria in hand. Cookies on Swanston St and Naked for Satan in Fitzroy are two of my favourite.
5. Head to the skies and check out the view from the Eureka Skydeck
Situated on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower this is definitely not for those with a fear of heights. Here you can go inside a glass cube which slides out from the building to witness an unrivalled view of this beautiful city.
6. Experience graffiti at its best and head to Hosier Lane
The city is known for its edgy vibe and the laneways of Melbourne have become somewhat of a public gallery. Arguably the most well known Hosier Lane is just a starting point for exploring some of the best graffiti that the city has to offer.
7. Embrace the warm evenings and hit the Moonlight cinema
Cinema has seriously upped its game in Melbourne and if it’s got the weather for it then why not? Screening cult classics to new releases the Moonlight cinema in the Botanic Gardens is a great way to spend a summer evening.
8. Talk a stroll through the Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens of Melbourne are up there with some of the worlds finest. The beautifully designed gardens feature sections inspired from all over the globe and offer an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
9. Head to Brighton Beach
Away from the backpacker vibe of St Kilda Brighton has an altogether more sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere. An array of colourful huts line the beach front where you can past away the day picking your favourite, paddling in the water and admiring the elegant and extravagant houses of Brighton.
10. Sample street food from all over the world at Victoria Night Market
With over 50 food vendors from all across the globe you can sample some of the best cuisines that the world has to offer, not to mention the endless sangria, live performers and quaint artisan stalls dotted throughout.
11. Visit The Shrine of Remembrance
Built to commemorate the First World War veterans the Shrine of Remembrance stands proud looking out over the city. Here you can learn about stories from the war and admire the beautiful views of the Melbourne skyline.
12. Head to Degraves Street and grab a bite to eat
This little lane way is bustling with atmosphere. With an impressive array of restaurants squeezed in you’ll find a real mix of both food and people, from friends catching up over a quick coffee, business meetings over lunch to the fine diners out there.
13. Head to one of the many galleries across the city
Melbourne boasts a thriving art scene that’s sure to keep all you creatives out there happy. From the works of up and coming artists in studios tucked away underground to the likes of Monet and Turner at National Gallery of Victoria there is a little something for everyone.
14. Catch a footie game at the MCG or Etihad Stadium
Get into the true Aussie spirit and head to the MCG or Etihad Stadium to catch a game of footie. It doesn’t really matter if you don’t have a clue what’s going on or even who’s playing (well at least I didn’t..), it’s still a thoroughly enjoyable experience with great a atmosphere.
15. Hire a car and take to the road
Melbourne boasts an array of incredible attractions just a road trip away. The legendary Great Ocean Road, the penguins at Phillip Island, the vineyards of the Yarra Valley and a visit to the Hot Springs are a few of my favourite things that I did whilst living there.
16. Have drinks in the middle of the river at Ponyfish Island
Found floating on the Yarra River at Southbank this little bar is a perfect place to relax and knock back a sangria or two all whilst taking in the incredible view of this beautiful city.
17. All aboard the iconic Restaurant Tram
If you’re looking for something a little different The Colonial Restaurant Tram offers a dining experience like no other. As you cruise the streets of Melbourne diners enjoy an array of seasonal courses coupled with fine wines in the old worldly glamour of the tram cars.
18. Hit the shops on Chapel Street
If you can’t quite hack the hustle and bustle of the CBD jump on the train and head to Chapel Street. With an abundance of local designers, vintage treasures and international chains topped off with numerous cafes and restaurants it’s the perfect spot to potter away the day.
19. Coffee, coffee, coffee
If there’s one thing the people of Melbourne love it’s a good cup of coffee and boy have they nailed it. On every street and down every alley my guess is you’ll find at least half a dozen coffee shops boasting some of the worlds finest coffee. All you have to do is pick one and try it for yourself.