Last year, the Economic Intelligence Unit voted Melbourne, Australia, the world’s most livable city for the sixth consecutive year. But this city isn’t just great for residents. Tourists can also take advantage of the world-class attractions and infrastructure that locals love. Here are just four reasons Melbourne deserves to be on your bucket list.
The Exciting Café Culture
Melburnians know how to start the day right. The city’s café culture is one of the best in the world, with establishments like Hardware Societe, The Kettle Black, and the Grain Store leading the charge. Popular staples are served alongside more unique offerings like Hardware Societe’s baked eggs with chorizo sausage, The Kettle Black’s burrata and heirloom tomato on toast, and the Grain Store’s toffee pumpkin porridge and cured bacon.
The Italian espressos that locals favor are perfect when paired with these unique breakfast dishes. Late risers happily find many local eateries boasting all-day breakfast menus, too.
An Arts Lover’s Paradise
Arts lovers are in for a real treat when they visit Melbourne, as the Victorian capital is home to more than 100 galleries. Among them are celebrated Australian institutions like Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, the world’s first gallery dedicated to Aussie art; and the National Gallery of Victoria, which houses works by art luminaries like Cézanne, Picasso, Monet, and Rembrandt.
You needn’t visit a gallery to see great art in Melbourne though, because it seems to be all-around you. Sculptures stand proudly on the grounds of the Linden Arts Centre and Heide Museum of Modern Art. Colorful murals brighten up Melbourne’s alleyways like Hosier Lane, Blender Lane, and AC/DC Lane. If you love these vibrant public works, consider taking a Melbourne Street Art tour. Local street artists lead the tours, which provide great insight into the pieces and their creation.
The Sports Are Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen
Melbourne is sports mad, and this passion makes visiting a real experience. These sports likely aren’t the ones you’ve seen before. Australian Rules Football, known as Aussie Rules, is the game of choice in Melbourne during the colder months, but the success of the 2017 title-winning Melbourne Storm has seen the rugby league’s popularity surge.
During the summer, everyone agrees that cricket is the game to watch. It doesn’t matter whether you understand the rules. Just head to venues like the Melbourne Cricket Ground and AAMI Park and get swept up in the city’s devotion to its home sides.
The Thriving Music Scene
Melbourne has one of Australia’s best music scenes, giving the world artists like Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Gotye, and The Temper Trap. Local pubs like the Corner Hotel, the Grace Darling, and The Toff in Town have a strong tradition of nurturing up-and-comers and showcasing local talent. You can count on live bands every Friday and Saturday night, as well as on select evenings through the week. Take a chance on something new, and you might just see the next big thing.
While we’ve outlined four reasons you’ll want to visit, you’ll also want to pick up a guide to Melbourne and discover many more hotspots. So, what are you waiting for? There’s no better time to start planning your Australian getaway.