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Wander through Melbourne’s laneways
The centre of is threaded with cobbled , which have become a mecca for coffee shops, cafés and unique shopping boutiques. Start at Flinders Street station, wander down Degraves Street, and explore the city’s beautiful arcades and street art around every corner – including works from England-based graffiti artist Banksy. Head down Collins Street to visit the exquisite Block Arcade then get your caffeine hit at pocket-sized or , both on Little Bourke Street.
Get a taste of Melbourne’s best coffee
For Melburnians, coffee is more than just an essential part of their morning routine. It’s become so deeply embedded in the culture that it has truly evolved into an art form. Home to thousands of cafes and some of the world’s best baristas, you’ll never be far away from a sophisticated cup of single origin coffee. Australia’s signature coffee is the flat white (similar to a latte), but you’ll also find cold-drip, pour over, siphon and even Instagram-worthy green matcha, and tumeric infused lattes. Head to in South Melbourne, in Carlton or in Fitzroy to see for yourself just how serious coffee can be. Find our top pick of Melbourne’s
Shop like a local
Melbourne is renowned for its , which sell everything from local produce to arts and crafts and vintage fashion. Get amongst the hustle and bustle of the , the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. You can take a bus from there to the , and enjoy dim sim or street-style Mexican food under its historic awnings. On weekends, pick up handmade pieces from emerging Australian designers at the in Fitzroy, just a quick tram ride from the city centre.
Dine at some of Melbourne’s most famous restaurants
Book well in advance for , one of the world’s 50 best restaurants, and tuck into Ben Shewry’s unique tasting menu. Melbourne’s city laneways are home to popular restaurants, such as , hidden down the graffiti-covered Duckboard Place, and elegant on Market Lane. Nearby, TV chef George Colombaris plates up modern Greek food at his flagship restaurant and souvas at his string of casual restaurants . For the tastiest cheap eats, don’t miss delicious Vietnamese street food or for tacos and burritos. Both pack out quickly.
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