It’s been three months since I stepped off a twenty-eight hour flight and into the place that has been voted as the world’s most liveable city for the past 7 years – Melbourne, Australia…and I can safely say that it really is a fantastic city! Here are just a few of the things that I have discovered so far.
The Shopping Options
Currently, I am avoiding clothes shopping unless it’s essential but if I wanted to go on a shopping spree, Melbourne would not disappoint! From the big name high street and designer shops in the Central Business District, to the quirky independent stores and vintage shops on Brunswick Street and of course the op shops (charity shops) – some of which have great finds – there’s something to suit everyone’s budget and taste.
Being able to take a short(ish) tram or train ride to a beach is a novelty that will never wear off! So far I have been to St Kilda several times and absolutely love it – especially the side that is away from most of the shops and restaurants and therefore pretty empty! Williamstown beach is also lovely and has a beautiful coastal walk – and of course Brighton Beach with its quirky bathing boxes.
The Galleries and Museums
So far, my favourite museum has been the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square. It has interactive displays about film, TV, video games, digital culture and art and there is also the chance to experience a virtual reality world, use your body to make cartoon shapes with sounds and other interactive activities. The ANZ banking museum which detailed the history of ANZ bank and included a timeline of major world events and milestones was also enjoyable. I also loved the National Gallery of Victoria and the Immigration Museum.
When it comes to food, you are spoilt for choice in Melbourne! Whether you’re looking for a great burger or a tasty noodle soup, you’re bound to find it in Melbourne! So far, my favourite burger place has been Betty’s burgers in the city centre. The challenge is when (and how) to try everything!
The Free Events
On new years eve, I stood by the river with my friends and watched the free fireworks that erupted in several different directions. We literally had the perfect spot away from the main crowds. I have also been to the African Music and Cultural Festival in Federation Square and plan to check out the free St Kilda music festival and the colourful art installations of White Night.
Which other city would you find a part of a road closed and a patch of fake grass with deck chairs installed next to a tram line as a pop-up park? This is what I love about Melbourne – the fun quirkiness of the city. Pop-up outdoor cinemas, independent coffee shops, summer night markets, cute laneways, street art and rooftop bars are all a regular part of Melbourne life.
So there you have it – a few of my favourite aspects of Melbourne life so far!