Guide to Melbourne

Melbourne is a cultural city that bursts with an eclectic landscape of art, food, shopping, and history. As well as having a foot well-placed in the present day, it plays host to rustic traditions that hark back to yesteryear. Combine this with the amazing selection of restaurants, galleries, stores, and the lively atmosphere, and you have yourself a must-visit city. So, do you really need a reminder of why you should go?

Melbourne City

Why You Should Visit Melbourne

  • 1. The Food

    Cafe Food

    Melbourne is one of the gastronomic capitals of the world. It’s well known for its experimental foodie endeavours, and the sheer quantity of amazing eateries only proves this. With so many different cultures all in one city, the food thrives in Melbourne, with the city forming a fusion style of nations that is unique to Melbourne. Fine dining is a popular affair in the city, but there are also plenty of causal hangouts that serve up a selection of cuisines, whether you’re hungry for French, Thai, Middle Eastern, or Chinese. It’s best to try a laneway restaurant hidden within the CBD and along with a special Melbourne style cocktail, to dig into a mouth-watering array of nibbles.

    For a Fancy Experience: Chin Chin

    Experience some of Melbourne’s best fusion food at the iconic Chin Chin. One word to describe chin chin is, simply put, stylish. With the walls decorated in graphic art, the table area dimly light, and an underground bar lit up in a pink glow. The food is to die for, blending together Malaysian, Thailand, Vietnamese and Indian, all with the signature Melbourne fusion chic. It is in the heart of the city centre; Chin Chin is the classic modern style of Melbourne restaurants. With cramped tables and plenty of chatting, it is a controlled chaos that the city has made it’s own. Book a table and start off in the underground bar, enjoying some of the unique cocktails offered here before heading upstairs for a mouth-watering dinner.

    Food with a View: Arbory Eatery and Bar

    Nestled right along the Yarra River, the Arbory is perfect for tourists. Located right next door the central train station, the location guarantees it to be in the heart of Melbourne. With delicious platters, burgers, and more offered along with a wide variety of wines, beers, and cocktails. Visit the Arbory on a summer day to enjoy the sparkling river and looming skyscrapers next door. If you are visiting in the summer, you can enjoy the Abory Afloat, which is an extension of the bar on an actual pontoon, letting you float on the river as you down a couple wines.

    Street Food: Queen Victoria Market

    If you don’t have time for a sit-down meal, why not eat on the go while you discover the Vic Market! This Queen Victoria Market is the city’s biggest market, open all year round to offer visitors fruit, vegetables, meat, cheeses, clothes, and more! Either head out at the crack of dawn to beat the busy hours or visit during the night on their Wednesday summer night! Wander along with the 150 different stalls and enjoy the live music and delicious food promised throughout!

  • 2. The Picturesque Laneways

    Melbourne Laneways

    In the centre of Melbourne, a sprawling labyrinth of laneways tangle out in every direction. Throughout these narrow, cobbled streets, there is a selection of authentic restaurants, hole in the wall cafes, and a lot of colourful art. Street art is particularly popular in this part of town, and you’ll find full-sized murals or intricate pieces around every twist and turn.

    Hardware Lane

    Known as the European laneway of Melbourne, Hardware Lane is a pedestrian paradise! Unlike the rest of the narrow laneways within the city, Hardware is a wide and open space for visitors. Filled with stylish cafes, live music, and a buzzing atmosphere.

    For the visiting Foodies, no greater place brings more variety and culture into their food then Hardware Lane. Offering beautiful morning breakfast with carefully brewed coffee, to outdoor dinner dining in amidst the relaxing tunes of live jazz. Finish the night by picking up one of the sweet treats sold in the French style bakeries as you wander out of this laneway wonderland.

    Blender Lane

    It isn’t marked on every map of Melbourne, due to its tiny, narrow size, but its reputation is enough to make it one of the best spots to visit. It is a hidden wonder, home to a glorious number of goodies, including street murals, swanky galleries, and handicraft shops. If you are looking for a unique and memorable sovereign that represents the funky city of Melbourne, take a peek at the jewellery, artwork and stylish fashion items hidden within Blender Lane.

    Union Lane

    Union Lane is perfect for your next Instagram post, for the 550 square metres of wall space covered in local artworks sets a stunning background. With an array of different art styles, you can see the true talent of the Melbournians as you walk down this cobblestone street.

  • 3. The Arts Scene

    As well as street art, Melbourne is famed for its contemporary art scene. Melbourne City Tours open up a delightfully creative world filled with white cube galleries, independent workshops, and great bastions of culture. Whether you’re an art aficionado or simply looking to discover some great pieces, then Melbourne is perfect for you.

  • 4. The Multicultural Vibe

    Known as one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Melbourne hosts populations from over 150 different countries, giving it a mishmash of cultures and influences. As well as internationally inspired restaurants, this also means there are a plethora of international shops, attractions, and markets to explore.

  • 5. The Coffee Shops

    Market Lane Coffee

    This is perhaps one of the strangest things Melbourne is known for, but if you’ve ever wandered around its expansive range of coffee shops, you’ll understand Federation Square why this is on the list. The coffee movement is huge in the city, which now hosts hundreds of iconic cafes that all burst with their own individual personalities. Coffee is a huge part of life in Melbourne, and if you grab a hot drink and sit outside one of the many cosy cafes, you’ll see it unfold in all its glory.

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