So you’ve done the Eureka Sky­deck, taken a flut­ter at the Crown Casino Com­plex and pic­nicked at the Royal Botanic Gardens. If you’re won­der­ing how else to spend your time in Mel­bourne, here’s a short­list of things to do in the city, all eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble

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Food is fan­tas­tic in Mel­bourne. A melt­ing pot like Malaysia, you’ll find an in­ter­na­tional menu of cuisines that’ll sa­ti­ate ev­ery taste bud you have. With the largest Greek pop­u­la­tion of any city out­side of Athens, Mel­bourne, nat­u­rally, has some of the best Greek food you’ve ever eaten. GAZI on Ex­hi­bi­tion Street, with its hang­ing ter­ra­cotta pots from the ceil­ing and flo­res­cent toi­lets, might be hip and buzzing but its tzatziki, sou­vlaki and louk­oumades are se­ri­ously good. Ital­ian also has a good rep in Mel­bourne. 400 Gradi on Ly­gon Street serves a di­vine Pizza Margherita, which ac­tu­ally won the World Pizza Cham­pi­onships in Italy in 2004. For a sweet end­ing, head for Brunetti (mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing Ly­gon Street), where you’ll be truly spoilt for choice. And, if you’re too pressed for time to make a trip down to the winer­ies of the Yarra Val­ley, do note that Trea­sury Wine Es­tates has its head­quar­ters in South­bank.


St Kilda Beach is around 6km from the city cen­tre but it’s al­most an­other world en­tirely. Luna Park dates back to 1912 and op­er­ates, among oth­ers, the Scenic Rail­way, the old­est con­tin­u­ously op­er­at­ing roller coaster in the world, while the fa­mous – and colour­ful! – Brighton Bathing Boxes that line the beach are over a cen­tury old. There is also a small colony of pen­guins living in the rocks of the break­wa­ter and it’s worth stay­ing till sun­set to catch a glimpse of them.


The Mel­bourne Arts Precinct is where you’ll find the city’s lead­ing gal­leries and per­form­ing arts venues, in­clud­ing Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria, South­bank The­atre, the Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Art, The Coop­ers Malt­house and Sid­ney Myer Mu­sic Bowl. Less for­mally, art is found right on the street in this city that is some­times called the graf­fiti cap­i­tal of the world. Head for Hoosier and AC/ DC Lanes and Flin­ders Court for a blaze of colours and en­ergy.


One of the city most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions, for both lo­cals and vis­i­tors, is the Queen Vic­to­ria Mar­ket, the largest open air mar­ket in the South­ern Hemi­sphere. You’ll find a va­ri­ety of fresh food, as well as gourmet and specialty del­i­ca­cies, and a di­verse range of cloth­ing, shoes, jew­ellery, and arts and crafts. More shop­ping can be done at Chapel Street but do make time for the for­mer Mel­bourne Govern­ment Post Of­fice, on the cor­ner of El­iz­a­beth and Bourke Streets, which now func­tions as a shop­ping mall.

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