Hidden Metropolitan Gems in the city of Melbourne
Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city, and it is a colourful and global metropolis that offers a huge variety of entertainment, natural beauty and culture to its nearly 4 millions of proud inhabitants and to the tens of thousands of tourists who visit the city every year.
Inside Out – More than Wineries, and Passable Penguins
Situated in the state of Victoria, Melbourne is surrounded by some of the world’s most astonishing natural landscapes, offering amazing opportunities to any visitor who’s willing to evade the city life and experience the fascinating wilderness of spots like Yarra Valley where there’s a variety of wineries which produces some of the most delicious wine in the hemisphere. Phillip Island, where there’s beautiful ocean scenery but those in the know lament about the appearance of the penguins (the poor guys are less majestic than their arctic cousins), then there’s also Gippsland and the Grampians, among many other attractions.
Without a doubt, Australia is home of a unique and fascinating ecosystem, a rare gem on our planet, and the Victoria region is a perfect place to start your adventure, with Melbourne as a “base”.
A City with Soulful Character
The city itself features incredible spots, such as St Kilda beach, where visitors can enjoy a breath taking view of the landscape while listening to one of the many live performances by the ocean, or going crazy at the world famous Luna Park, there’s tons of amusements for people of all ages.
Melbourne is one of the world’s biggest cities and its urban life is no less exciting than other places such as London or New York: The city is one of Australia’s hotspots for culture and art, with more than 100 art galleries displaying some of the world’s finest pieces of any genre, and it is animated by a vibrant music scene, whose core gives off a warm bohemian vibe in neighbourhoods like the characteristic Fitzroy, animated by what some call a 24-hours-a-day café and bar culture.
Shopping in Melbourne
Not everyone who visits Australia or Melbourne enjoys a fast paced life and outdoor adventures: Melbourne has got just about the right setting even for the visitors who want to take it easy: After spending a day shopping in the city centre (Melbourne offers anything from top international firms like Armani to small, fascinating vintage stores like QuickBrownFox) and relaxing into one of the many cafes and restaurants, tourists can get the very best out of the night life at one of the city’s many clubs or bars: there’s truly enough variety to suit any kind of taste.
World-class Sporting Events
Melbourne is a world famous host of many sporting activities who attracts countless sports enthusiasts every year to enjoy very high profile events such as the Australian Formula 1 GP, the Tennis Open, AFL Grand Final and Melbourne Cup (horse racing) and many, many more.
Besides sporting events, the city literally explodes with theatre, exhibitions, concerts, festivals and more, providing some tasty and interesting events for locals and tourists during every season of the year.
Some of the Best Food in the World
Melbourne has some of the freshest produce in this part of the globe. Do check out Queen Victoria Market (QVM), where you can sample a variety of offerings that Melbourne’s multicultural melting pot can offer. Absolute must tries includes the snappy and juicy bratwurst with sauerkraut and the Turkish Lamb Bourek (pan fried Turkish dough filled with spiced lamb mince) which are both available all day at QVM for mere couple of dollars. The city is also an amazing place for those who are also looking to experience some of the finest worldwide cuisine: Australia is so close to Asia and it has been the destinations of many immigrants from all over the world, who brought with them their own, special food traditions, offering a truly unique selection, infused with fresh Aussie ingredients.
Lygon Street for Italian, Richmond for Vietnamese
That’s the sacred mantra kept in the heads of locals who throng these streets every other day looking for affordable and delicious ethnic meals. Locals and tourists can enjoy anything from a bite of genuine Italian pizzas and pastas in Lygon St. in Carlton to some high level and cheap Vietnamese Pho and Barbequed Chicken Rice Paper Rolls in Richmond which has endearingly earned the nickname “little Saigon”.
Melbourne is a lively metropolis, truly one of the most exciting cities to visit. Whether you are interested in Australia’s wonders, or you are only interested in what the city can offer in terms of events, social life and entertainment, it’s guaranteed that you won’t be disappointed when heading back home with the experience of a one of a kind and extremely vibrant city.