Whether you’ve finished your work day on an Australian Working Holiday visa or your class on a Melbourne student visa, there’s nothing better than ending the day with a little chill and a few beers at Melbourne’s best bars with friends. And it’s not all work or study. You have to enjoy the ride!
Places to eat
Melbourne is the ideal city for food tastes and styles, as it is full of small cafes and restaurants where you can eat delicious food with a wide variety. It’s also a haven for vegans and vegetarians, with endless options and places that, if they didn’t tell you, you wouldn’t believe it was real! One of the things to do in Melbourne is to try at least one or two of its cafes, best restaurants and bars. We guarantee you that you won’t regret it!
Many restaurants are open in Melbourne, so many that it is often challenging to keep up with them and find hidden gems. Food is one of the best ways to appreciate the culture of any destination. Every meal and every product allows us to immerse ourselves in an unusual world that can be seen through its most traditional dishes.
It goes further: elements such as the pots served on the table and even the rituals maintained when tasting dishes make us part of a cultural code that is hundreds of years old.
This strong connection between gastronomy and culture supports that there are small towns, cities, and whole countries that are known all over the planet for their culinary proposals. Gastronomic tourism is here to bring this experience closer to travellers.
To offer sensory travel in the journey itself. The opportunity to open yourself up to incredible discoveries, from new flavours that make your skin crawl to scents that take you back in time. For the sounds that prepare you for the delicacy, you are about to taste. It invites you to leave your surroundings and explore the world, forgetting the clock. Enjoy over a slow fire, break away, and share unforgettable moments around the table.
Every year Melbourne is ranked in the top 10 cities to live in in the world! Therefore, your visit, whether for a few days or months, is valuable and almost a must for lovers of urban life. Melbourne is a very entertaining city, full of small cafes, bars, restaurants, galleries, design and art shops, antiques and everything you can imagine. There’s also a pretty solid arts and culture scene, with many theatres and some of the most important museums in the southern hemisphere, all located along the Jarra River, the city’s main river and where the best plan is to stroll. Or sit down for a drink on the banks.
The city of Melbourne is very well connected with a network of trains, trams and buses that run throughout the city, making it relatively easy to move between neighbourhoods and from one place to another. In addition, there are accessible trails specially designed for tourists visiting the city, which traverse some of Melbourne’s most popular areas and the CBD.
Where to sleep
It’s best to stay in the CBD or downtown if you’re only away for a few days, so you’re close to everything and can get around on foot or a short distance by public transport. Another entertaining neighbourhood, well located and with a good offer of hostels and accommodation
What to do and see in Melbourne Australia
Explore the environment:
Our favourite activities in Melbourne are strolling through its streets and getting lost in its alleyways. Neighbourhoods like Fitzroy and the CBD are full of urban art on almost all of their walls and little nooks where you can sit and drink coffee or stroll through the thousands of vintage shops that the city has.
It’s always exciting and entertaining to walk through the Asian neighbourhoods of each city. Although Melbourne’s Chinatown isn’t that big, it’s an excellent choice for dining or buying souvenirs for those who don’t want to spend much money, as everything is cheaper than in a regular shop.
Queen Victoria Market:
The most critical market in the city is a perfect place to walk some others where you can eat and buy all kinds of things cheaper. During the day, you can go to one of the cafes around the corner or enter the corridor and find a large selection of takeaways. And if you’re in Melbourne during winter, Victoria Market is lit up every Wednesday and opens its doors at night with a huge night market where food and live music are the main protagonists. You can’t lose this!
Parks and gardens:
Strolling through Melbourne’s parks and gardens is also a must. Apart from the Royal Botanic Gardens, there are places like Carlton Garden or Fitzroy Gardens, which are excellent places to relax for a few hours and take a break from walking around the city.
Museums and galleries:
Some of Australia’s most important museums are in Melbourne. A visit to the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) is a must, where there is a stunning collection of modern and contemporary art, or the Melbourne Museum, which focuses more on science and history. Also, in the city centre is the Melbourne Arts Centre, where there are always plenty of shows, plays, dances and exhibitions.
Walking along Melbourne’s main river is a must when visiting the city. You can see the beautiful skyline from here and enjoy an afternoon by the water at one of the bars or cafes on the banks.
Perhaps the most famous beach in all of South Australia is Brighton Beach; with its colourful houses so beautiful, they are the place to be for those looking to take souvenir photos.
However, if you want to see stunning beaches, it is best to take the route along the Great Ocean Road, one of the most beautiful roads in Australia and very close to Melbourne.
Famous for being home to the Little Blue Penguins, a very particular species of penguin living here and off the New Zealand coast. You can take day trips to the island and take advantage of the surf, as this is one of the best places to practice surfing.
Home to the beach, an old mansion and the Luna Park amusement park, this neighbourhood is perfect for spending the day walking, resting on the beach, and strolling its streets and parks. Also, at night, if you go to the seaside, you can see penguins emerging from the island to please us.
We hope this guide to Melbourne was helpful and that you enjoyed this fantastic city!