Mel­bourne precincts

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Chi­na­town

With its streets of restau­rants, bars and karaoke venues, Chi­na­town is al­ways buzzing. In Fe­bru­ary, though, there’s an ex­tra level of ex­cite­ment when it be­comes the cen­tre of Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions. Wel­come the Year of the Dog with dragon dances, fire­works and tra­di­tional cul­tural dis­plays.

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South Wharf

Spend the morn­ing hunt­ing for bar­gains at the more than 180 stores at DFO South Wharf be­fore wan­der­ing along the wa­ter­front to find a re­laxed lunch spot. BangPop has a fun, colour­ful in­te­rior and tasty hawker-style Thai dishes. dfo.com.au/south-wharf bangpop.com.au

South­bank

This is Mel­bourne’s cul­tural heart. Browse the gal­leries at NGV In­ter­na­tional — NGV Tri­en­nale, boast­ing the work of 79 artists and de­sign­ers from 32 coun­tries, is on show now — be­fore strolling up to Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne. There are daily be­hind-the-scenes tours, as well as ex­hi­bi­tions on site. When hunger takes over, head to Saké for con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese dishes. ngv.vic.gov.au arts­cen­tremel­bourne.com.au sak­er­estau­rant.com.au

Each cor­ner of Mel­bourne has its own unique style and plenty to of­fer in­quis­i­tive vis­i­tors.

Ly­gon Street

Long thought of as the heart of Mel­bourne’s Lit­tle Italy, Ly­gon Street has evolved. Sure, you can still get an ex­cel­lent bowl of porcini pap­pardelle at DOC Espresso, but there are other op­tions, too. Check out an in­de­pen­dent movie at Cinema Nova be­fore head­ing across the street for cheese and wine at Milk the Cow. doc­group.net cin­e­manova.com.au milk­the­cow.com.au

Dock­lands

With the sun shin­ing there’s no bet­ter time to check out the 36 pub­lic art­works, in­clud­ing John Kelly’s Cow Up a Tree, that dot the precinct. Go late in the af­ter­noon then savour some au­then­tic Neapoli­tan pizza at

90 Se­condi. Af­ter dark, get putting at GLOWGOLF Dock­lands, with its 18 holes of minia­ture golf. 90 se­condi.com.au glowgolf.com.au

Fed­er­a­tion Square

It’s Mel­bourne’s un­of­fi­cial meet­ing point, and it’s no won­der. You can wan­der through the gal­leries at Ian Pot­ter Cen­tre: NGV Aus­tralia and take in the best of lo­cal art or ex­plore the his­tory of film, tele­vi­sion and video games at ACMI. Grab a quick bite to eat at one of the food trucks and wait for the sun to go down to head to Tran­sit Rooftop Bar. Here, you’ll get a com­pletely dif­fer­ent view of the city as it lights up for the night. ngv.vic.gov.au acmi.net.au tran­sitrooftop­bar.com.au

Greek Precinct

Mel­bourne is the city with the largest pop­u­la­tion of Greek peo­ple out­side Athens, and this part of Lons­dale Street is ded­i­cated to their cul­ture. There are many restau­rants and eater­ies serv­ing au­then­tic dishes, but a hid­den gem is Melina on the Rooftop. On a beau­ti­ful ter­race, 13 floors above the city, dine on pick­led oc­to­pus, sa­ganaki prawns and other mouth-wa­ter­ing dishes.

meli­naon­therooftop.com.au

North Mel­bourne and Kens­ing­ton

Mu­sic lovers will find plenty to love in these sub­urbs. In the af­ter­noon, scout out White Rab­bit Record Bar where you can flip through the vinyl while sip­ping on a craft beer. The Town Hall Ho­tel might not look like much from the out­side, but there’s a great din­ing room serv­ing pub clas­sics, a cosy beer gar­den and lo­cal bands on the week­end. whit­er­ab­bi­trecords.com.au town­hall­hotel­north­mel­bourne.com.au

South­bankDid You Know?Each year, Fed­er­a­tion Square wel­comes more than nine mil­lion vis­i­tors and hostsup to 2000 events?

Tran­sit Rooftop Bar

DOC Espresso, Carl­ton

White Rab­bit Record Bar, Kens­ing­ton

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