Melbourne is synonymous with nightlife. Any evening of the week, the city offers live music, happy hour specials and arts events to please the whims of night owls looking to have a good time. One of the best things to do is start out the evening at one of the city’s many rooftop bars. Why go underground when you could sip your cocktail with panoramic views of the city?
The Australian capital of food and crafts, Melbourne is a city of makers and markets. But that doesn’t mean they’re all relegated to the light of morning or midday. In the warmer summer months, the streets come alive after dark, filled with people, the aromas of grilled food and the sounds of laughter and music. Here are some of our favorite summer night markets in Melbourne.
Every year, the Melbourne Festival’s multidisciplinary celebration of the arts showcases Australia’s creativity. Expect numerous spectacles for the whole family to enjoy, including dance, theater, music, visual art, multimedia and outdoor events. While some attractions are ticketed, many events are free for the public to enjoy. The festival runs from October 8-25.
To help you explore all that’s lovable about Melbourne, our local insiders created a list of their favorite things to do in the city and its surroundings. Consider it a bucket list (in no particular order) to help you see – or rediscover – the best of the city, whether you’re a Melburnian or just visiting. 1. Enjoy […]
As far as cycling in Australia goes, the flat hipster haven of Melbourne has a clear lead. A citywide bicycle share program was launched in 2010; prominent green lanes stripe the city; and Critical Mass meets at 5:30pm outside the State Library on the last Friday of every month. But for travelers without GPS or […]
A city of immigrants, historic food markets and celebrity chefs, Melbourne has long been setting the dining trends of the Southern Hemisphere, and sometimes, the world. From a Chinese restaurant that has spanned the decades to one of the first fine-dining establishments to emphasize foraging, here are some of the most iconic restaurants of Melbourne.
If there’s one thing Australia is famous for it’s wine. Perhaps you’re familiar with popular Aussie varietals like Shiraz, but how much do you know about the others? One of the best places to start to get a handle on viniculture Down Under is the Yarra Valley. Located just 30 miles east of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley has endless miles of wineries, not to mention a popular gourmet trail and delicious vineyard restaurants.
Once winter chills the city of Melbourne to the bone, an arts and cultural event re-energizes downtrodden residents. The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series brings some of the world’s most acclaimed exhibitions to Australia, providing locals with many reasons to get out of their warm beds this winter.
While it may not have the alpine views or soft powder of Switzerland, Colorado or New Zealand, you’re mistaken if you thought Australia was devoid of snow. True, the center of the country is baking hot desert, but ski and snowboarding resorts abound closer to the coast, and many lie within a short drive from Melbourne. Now that winter is in full force in the Southern Hemisphere, check out these three places for skiing and snowboarding from Melbourne.
The epicenter of Australia’s fashion and maker scene, Melbourne is a great city for shopping. From the famous Melbourne Outlets to standout malls and markets, to independent neighborhood shops. Here are five of the best shopping streets in Melbourne. Chapel Street, Prahran The main shopping artery in Prahran is lined with trendy boutiques from American […]