Welcome to Melbourne, Australia!
Melbourne is Australia’s second-largest city and is known as the cultural capital of the country. Melbourne is a lot of things that merge together and creates a sort of cultural mosaic, ranging from the Victorian era to its immigrant population to its aboriginal population, all merging together to create something vibrant and cool.
The city of Melbourne has events all year round, so no matter what time you visit, there’s something fun to discover. Whether you’re into arts, films, sports, food, comedy, drinks, or culture, there is always an event in Melbourne. This city is full of life, and as a worldwide local you’ll want to see some of the best things around town, but you’ll also want to experience some of the things typical tourists don’t, and Melbourne is a place full of these little gems.
Worldwide Local Tip: Getting around the Melbourne city center is pretty easy, with many landmarks and tourist destinations located in the central business district (CDB). The city is laid out in a grid system similar to Manhattan, so walking is generally a good way to get around the city. Bike rental is also available with the city’s extensive network of bike paths and of course, there’s Melbourne’s tram system which you should definitely try at least once, while you’re here.
Eat Like a Local
Melbourne is a foodie’s paradise. Whether you’re hitting up the local Victoria Market for some fresh produce and locally grown goodies, or you’re heading out to St. Kilda for pub food, Inner North for Italian, or the Inner East for some of the best Vietnamese food, there is always a plethora of delicious, diverse, and amazing restaurants. Melbourne is also the capital of coffee. Even beating out such cities like Rome and Vienna, Melbourne is home to the best coffee in the world. Even in cities around the world like London have cafes that boast having baristas from Melbourne. Melbourne is host to coffee expos and competitions, with some of the best in the city found at Patricia on Little Bourke Street. Honestly, amazing coffee can be found everywhere, so any little cafe will do.
Worldwide Local Tip: If you’re looking for a food experience in Melbourne that is truly weird and unique, yet still somehow distinctly Melbourne, then the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is the place for you. Part restaurant, part city tour, and part museum, guests will hop on an old-time tram car and cruise through the city tasting Australian wines, and indulging in a three-course meal, while riding the opulent burgundy trams.
Enjoy the Royal Botanical Garden
Melbourne bustles all day, every day, but in the middle of the city is an oasis of exotic plants and serene landscapes. The Royal Botanical Garden is a popular place among the locals to hang out and relax in the nice Melbourne weather. Best of all, if you’re a traveler on a budget, entry is free. With over 8500 different types of plant species, the gardens are colorful and fun, and always brimming with life, whether that’s local joggers or the plants themselves.
Worldwide Local Tip: While the gardens might be in many of the guidebooks, there’s one way to experience them that are not usually mentioned anywhere else. Hop on a punt and cruise around the lake visiting the little islands that surround the botanical gardens. Each punt seats up to eight people, and you’ll be guided around the area getting a view of the park that few others get to see.
Arts and Culture in Melbourne
Melbourne is a city of art and culture and most of all, fun, and a place where a worldwide local always seeks out the fun. For those who like music, Melbourne is the place to be, as there are many places around town to enjoy all types of music. At any given time there’s probably a live music performance somewhere, but the hottest spots around town are the Ding Dong Lounge, the Spotted Mallard, Post Office Hotel, and the Palais Theater. After a show, if you’re feeling a little thirsty, head to one of the many quirky pubs around town like Berlin Bar, a cold war-themed bar designed to look like an East German bunker, Bartronica that has free video games and pinball, or Naked For Satan which has an open sky terrace and amazing views of the city.
Worldwide Local Tip: If drinking isn’t your thing and you’re still looking to check some of Melbourne’s oddities try out a ghost hunt! There are a few locations around the city that are supposedly haunted such as the Palais Theater and the (aptly named) Haunted Bookshop. The Haunted Bookshop is the oldest in Melbourne and is a one-stop-shop for some creepy happenings.
Have an Incredible Time in Melbourne, Australia!
Melbourne is a great city that is filled with everything any worldwide local loves. You’ll explore amazing food, fun nightlife, beautiful scenery, and historic buildings. There’s just so much to see and do that there’s no doubt that you’ll want to come back and see more of it.