Stylish and cosmopolitan, Melbourne is rightfully regarded as Australia’s cultural capital. Its cityscape is a blend of old and new, comprising elegant Victorian architecture and an array of modern skyscrapers—and with ever-present trams rattling through the streets it’s easy to see why Melbourne is called the country’s most European city.
The best way to discover Melbourne—like with any great city—is on foot. The grid-like layout of the CBD is easy enough to navigate, but trust us: you’ll want to get lost here. Between the broad thoroughfares you’ll find an inner world of side streets and alleyways, all lined with edgy graffiti, chic bars and lively cafes. Coffee in this town is much more than just a caffeine hit—it’s a way of life for Melburnians and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a less than stellar cuppa. So hunker down and savour the experience.
While you’re in town, make sure you visit some of Melbourne’s many fine art galleries, museums and theatres. Foodies and fashionistas are well catered for here too. And just an FYI: Melburnians live and breathe sport, particularly AFL, so if it’s footy season, catching a game at the ‘G’ (MCG) is perhaps the most Melbourne thing you can do.