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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.

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