Things to do
With its labyrinth of cobblestone laneways and seamless blend of architectural styles, Melbourne is a city that rewards exploration. Whether it’s to satisfy the Epicurean, indulge the aesthete or pamper the inner-stylist, the city has a profusion of delights to discover.
Books and Writing
As a UNESCO City of Literature, Melbourne’s array of bookstores, readings, launches, seminars and festivals is diverse, surprising and captivating. The Wheeler Centre, located in the magnificent State Library, is a hub of literary discussion and ideas and their year-round program consistently delivers stimulating lectures and workshops.
Replete with designer boutiques stocking bespoke and haute couture creations, Melbourne’s laneways, arcades and markets are renowned for their elegance, grandeur and charm. The majesty of the Royal Arcade and the GPO; the eclecticism of Captains of Industry and Chapel Street; the magnetism of the Queen Victoria Market – the thread of Melbourne’s shopping experiences is never-ending.
Cafés, bars and restaurants
Café culture is an important aspect of Melbourne’s character, and as such, the city takes coffee very seriously. Taking a self-guided tour of the most acclaimed precincts and cafés is a wonderful way of exploring the city and chancing upon incidental favourites. For those who favour a more structured approach to wandering, Hidden Secrets runs regular coffee culture walks.
And, while share plates and dude food enjoy a renaissance of sorts, many of Melbourne’s finest restaurants continue to delight palates in a more traditional style. Vue de Monde, Attica and Jacques Reymond all offer acclaimed degustation menus, and regularly feature on lists of the city’s most accomplished.
Federation Square: Melbourne's favourite place to meet
Immerse yourself in the rich culture, architecture, food, events and shopping that make Federation Square a Melbourne icon. With different events every day, you can take a free guided tour, hire a bike, take a boat cruise or grab a walking map; everything you need to discover Melbourne can be found here.
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