Despite the risk of rain, hail and shine in one day, Melbournians aren’t afraid to get out and enjoy what’s on offer in their city. On any given day you’ll find a festival, store opening, live music gig, sporting game, and bar opening happening all at once. The city continues to attract a creative crowd, often asserting itself as the art and culinary capitals of Australia. They’ll also tell you their coffee is the best too.
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What to do in Melbourne:
With winding laneways, old arcades, and hidden bars, Melbourne’s best spots can be found in the most unexpected of places. This is a city where you shouldn’t be afraid to get lost. Museums and galleries to visit are the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), The National Gallery of Victoria or NGV, the Mailbox ArtSpace, an art space which is made up of nineteen relatively small mailboxes where artists experiment and showcase their work and discover up-and-coming Australian talent at one of the most famous school for Art and Design in Melbourn at the RMIT Gallery. Noteworthy contemporary galleries to visit include a converted warehouse in the bohemian suburb of Fitzroy called Gertrude one of Melbourne’s most influential gallery Nellie Castan. For those who love the outdoors, visit St Kilda, a chilled out bohemian seaside suburb bustling with art, design shops and markets and visit the vineyards and bushland at Yarra Valley.
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) www.accaonline.org.au
The National Gallery of Victoria ( NGV) www.ngv.vic.gov.au
RMIT Gallery www.rmit.edu.au
Mailbox ArtSpace www.mailbox-141.artabase.net
Gertrude Gallery gertrude.org.au
Nellie Castan Projects www.nelliecastanprojects.com
Where to eat:
Melbourne restaurants and cafes are everywhere – on roof tops, down laneways, out in the suburbs and along the river. Ask any local and they will passionately tell you their favourite spot. Spots we like – The Soup Place in Degraves, Mamasita on Collins Street or Cumulus on Flinders Lane. For cocktails and a view, try the rooftop bar above Curtain House, or the endless stream of boutique bars along Brunswick Street in Fitzroy.
The Soup Place – 256/258-260 Flinders Lane. Tel: (+61) 412 553 449
Mamasita -11 Collins Street. Tel: (+613) 9650 3821
Cumulus- 45 Flinders Lane. +61 3 9650 1445
Curtain House – Level 6, 252 Swanston Street. Tel: (+613) 9663 3596
Where to stay:
Most Melbourne accommodation is located within the CBD, with famous chain hotels lining the river on either side. For luxury accommodation, 5-star stays like the Park Hyatt and Marriott will ensure your holiday is comfortable. In true Melbourne style, the city also has a number of artistically styled and boutique hotels from Art Series hotels like the Olsens, located on Chapel Street, St Kilda Road and in Prahran.
Park Hyatt Melbourne- 1 Parliament Square, off Parliament Place. www.melbourne.park.hyatt.com
Marriott Melbourne- Lonsdale Street, www.marriott.com
The Olsen – 637-641 Chapel Street, South Yarra. www.artserieshotels.com.au
The Blackman – 452 St Kilda Road. www.artserieshotels.com.au
Where to shop:
Melbourne shopping boasts endless possibilities. Even within the Bourke Street Mall alone you are spoilt for choice with super chain stores like Zara and Sportsgirl sitting alongside Myer and David Jones as well as Australian designers huddled in the GPO. A few laneways back Alice Euphemia on Swanston Street is a popular hub for purchasing up and coming designers, while the historic Royal Arcade is home to some fascinating boutiques. Chapel Street and Bridge Road are also popular shopping precincts, with both streets lined with fashion and gift stores. For some cheap and cheerful seconds, browse the eclectic boutiques in Fitzroy.