Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and likes to consider themselves the cultural hub of the country. As a Sydneysider myself I don’t necessarily agree with these statements and sometimes think Melbournites are a little self-righteous when it comes to their city. All jokes and rivalries aside I do believe Melbourne is a fun city to explore for a few days nonetheless.
Here is the ultimate guide for things to do, see and eat during your time in Victoria’s capital city.
WHERE TO EAT IN MELBOURNE
I am a massive foodie so places to eat are usually at the top of my list. The food culture in Australia is second to none and that is no exception in Melbourne. There are over 3000 restaurants in the city so you will not be strapped for choice. Lygon Street is the Italian restaurant district so if pasta is your thing, this is the area to go. If you are interested in the cute little cafes that are notorious for Melbourne than make your way to Degraves Street or Flinders Lane. Whilst there you’ll also find some great spots to grab a coffee, which has recently been voted some of the best in the world.
Some cafes I recommend visiting would be the Bakers Wife or Top Paddock, which both serve delicious, fresh and healthy meals.
I recently ate at Fonda Mexican Restaurant and it was scrumptious. I highly recommend the deconstructed Mexican salad and the Watermelon and Strawberry Fresca. Divine!
WHAT TO DO IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Visiting the laneways of Melbourne is one of the most popular choices for tourists. Whilst some laneways, like the ones mentioned above, are filled with delicious cafes some are more known for the incredible art that can be found there. The most famous laneway of them all is Hosier Lane, hit up this spot to see some awesome street art. Chances are you’ll see artists painting whilst there.
WATCH A GAME
Melbourne is without a doubt the sports capital of Australia. Boasting many of the country best stadiums Melbourne is home to the infamous Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open and the Grand Prix to name a few. Melbournites also live and breathe AFL so it’s the perfect spot to come and watch a game of the nations most popular sport.
The Royal Botanic Gardens is a tranquil escape in the city centre. The garden extends over 36 hectares and has over 50,000 plants from around the world on show. It’s the prefect place to have a picnic with a view of the city. Whilst there check out the Shrine of Remembrance, a beautiful memorial for those who served and lost their lives in war.
GO TO THE THEATRE
Melbourne is considered the third biggest theatre district in the world, after Broadway in New York and the West End in London. It is the perfect spot to go watch a show. If you can’t afford to see a professional show Melbourne also has some incredible amateur theatre that is a quarter of the price to watch but just as awesome.
VISIT THE BEACH
I think I’ll have to write a whole post dedicated purely to the beaches of Melbourne as there’s quite a lot to say. Like some parts of England, Melbourne’s beaches are known for the famous beach huts that line the sand. Some of the most popular beach spots to visit include St Kilda, Mount Martha and Sorrento, to name a few.
If you like to shop then you’ll like Melbourne, with many places to hit up and spend your cash. Collins Street is the place to go to find the department stores and designer brands. Chapel Street is the place to go if you like vintage and thrift shopping whilst Chadstone Mall is the largest shopping mall in the southern hemisphere.
It would be pretty impossible for you to visit Melbourne and not visit the Southbank. Bordering the Yarra River, which stretches through the city, it is the perfect spot to grab a Gelato and take a stroll as you admire the views of the city.
There you have it. The ultimate guide of everything to see, do and eat in Melbourne, Australia.
FYI – whilst the rest of the world pronounce the city ‘Mel-Born,’ us Aussies pronounce it ‘Mel-Ben.’ We like to keep things simple.
Over to you. Is Melbourne a place you’d like to visit?
If so what are you most excited to see or do?
Also, what have I missed on this list that should be added?
Let me know in the comments below!