MELBOURNE TAKES A BITE OUT OF THE BIG APPLE
Named the world’s most liveable city for six consecutive years by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Melbourne (top) is sassy, sociable and busy, securing its place as a hipster hotspot. A dynamic food scene, effervescent and eclectic nightlife, multicultural population and preponderance of young creative types lead to automatic comparisons with New York (above), while downtown Melbourne’s street grid layout is Manhattan all over. Get on your bike to discover the city’s coolest areas starting with the perfect cup of joe at one of Collingwood’s roastery-cafés before venturing off-piste into Melbourne’s art, fashion and retail-filled gothic laneways. The Fitzroy district is a hub for contemporary art galleries but the city breathes history from its Federation Square heart to any number of museums and attractions. Eat at Attica, where Gazza’s vegemite pie and whipped emu egg with sugar bag are a must-try, or join the hipster crowd for an edgy spin on Thai cuisine at Magic Mountain Saloon in the CBD. Stay central at Ovolo Laneways (from Dh1,200) with its collection of bespoke street wall art. Alternatively, check out and into the groovy boutique Adelphi Hotel (from Dh725) on bustling Flinders Street with views over the Yarra River. Getting there: Direct flights from UAE cities, or catch a connection in Asia.