The city comes on the top of the world’s most liveable cities list because of its vibrancy, elegance, and its multicultural character. Being the second-largest metropolis of Australia, the city is famous for its hidden laneways, grand victorian buildings, colorful street art, and multiple numbers of dining options that will suit any budget. The place also has a certain European vibe to it, and you can hop on any cuisine you have in your mind when in the city.
We have shortlisted some of the things and attractions you could consider adding to your list when visiting Melbourne-
1. Enjoy the world’s best coffee.
What can be more disappointing if you don’t give your taste buds the tingling sensation of sizzling coffee in the coffee capital of the world? Melbourne beats some of the world-famous coffee cities such as Vienna, Rome, as it can be difficult for you to find a bad cup of coffee in the city. It serves some of the finest baristas and is a world leader in cafe and coffee culture. The city’s baristas are so widely popular that some cafes in London advertise their coffee as Melbourne coffee.
Go to Patricia on Little Bourke Street, and you will find the best cup of coffee you will ever taste. The place has a friendly staff with no seating and a line-up to get in.
2. Visit Federation Square and Flinders Street Station
Federation Square stands opposite to the major public transport hub of the city, Flinders Street Station. The station opened in 1910 and has a gorgeous architecture with an ultra-model design that stands apart in the surrounding Victorian architecture. Going past its main entrance, you will find the busiest railway station in Australia, a small area where you can enjoy shopping and some delicious food and have walking access to Southbank.
One of another iconic attraction of the city, Federation Square is the place where you can find entertainment at any time of the year. It hosts around 2000 events annually and is home to the Ian Potter Art Gallery and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
3. Walkthrough its Royal Botanical gardens
These colorful and gorgeous botanical gardens are among the finest of their kind in the world. Located in the heart of Greenland Park, encompassing multiple locations of Melbourne and Cranbourne, is walking distance from the city center.
They are very popular among the local joggers and walkers as it offers them a peaceful and a serene place outside the hustle and bustle of the city life. It is one of the best free things to do in the city where you can have an insight into the rich heritage of indigenous Australia by having a tour around its Aboriginal Heritage Walk. The garden also hosts a live theatre by setting up a moonlight cinema under the stars during summer.
4. Melbourne Cricket Ground and the National Sports Museum
If you are a sports lover, then don’t miss out on these locations. Being the largest favorite stadium of Australia and the 10th largest in the world, Melbourne Cricket Ground is the birthplace of test cricket and the home of Australian Rules Football. It hosts international soccer, rugby as well as the wildly famous AFL. Several visitors take tours of the place, including the National Sports Museum, to delve into the great moments of the history of sports.
It stands opposite to the famous Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open tennis tournament.
Melbourne truly stands to the claim of being the sporty capital of Australia.