Melbourne is a city of style, renowned for its fashion and culture.
I have heard it referred to as Sydney’s older, more sophisticated sister and this description seems to fit, at least from the perspective of a visitor.
Where Sydney, with its magical harbour, has a spirited, childlike quality about it – as depicted in the paintings by Ken Done – Melbourne has a calmer, more relaxed feel.
One of the things that always strikes me when I visit the Victorian city is how polite everyone is. It doesn’t matter which restaurant/café/store you visit, you are greeted with grace and thoughtfulness without a pressure loaded sales pitch.
I recently spent a weekend in this wonderful city to visit a close friend and once again, it didn’t disappoint.
The Yarrah River meanders through the centre, a beautiful backdrop highlighting amazing architecture from the past and present.
The trams operating on the busy city streets add to the feel of old-world meeting the new – they are a very efficient mode of public transport as well.
5 REASONS IT’S NOT TOO BE MISSED
- The shopping – when it comes to buying clothes, Melbourne is definitely the place to go. There is a huge variety of styles to suit all budgets.
- The arts – you’d be hard put to find a time when the city isn’t hosting some amazing exhibition, festival or musical. I visited the art gallery on my last visit to see the Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei exhibition and it was fascinating. Included was more than 200 of Warhol’s most celebrated works as well as some previously unseen work.
- The food – Melbourne has long been the place to go for foodies with its amazing restaurants and cafes. Few have not heard of the Italian wonders to be eaten in Lygon Street or the fun and food to be enjoyed in St Kilda’s Acland Street.
- Street art – the city is quite famous for its wonderful little alleyways, covered in colourful street art and filled with interesting little cafes and bars.
- The footie – as the home of Australian Football League (AFL), it would be sinful to ignore this attraction and watching a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), is a must. This amazing stadium is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere (10th largest in the world). With room for more than 100,000 spectators, the MCG is filled to capacity for AFL grand finals.
If you’re looking for a visual and taste bud feast, Melbourne is a must. For more information on this beautiful city visit the visitor centre.
Happy travels and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.