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24 Feb

Insider’s Guide to Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia’s capital of culture, is well-loved for its coast, its stately Gold-Rush-era architecture, and its coolness. Divided into a collection of inner city neighbourhoods, each with its own distinct personality, the best way to experience Melbourne is like a local. So, I’ve rounded up some of my Melbourne born or based travel blogger friends, to bring you a few tips on how to do just that…

Soak up the Coffee Culture

Melbourne is well known for its incredible coffee culture. Coffee is part of the city’s DNA, and it’s all about independence and innovation. Go way beyond Starbucks at indie coffee shops, where drinks are served with tasting notes or complementary foods. Melbournian local Jeanette suggests starting at 7Seeds Coffee, around the corner from the Queen Vic Market. But in a city considered to have the best coffee shops in the world, you probably can’t really go wrong – so get out and explore!

Bar Hop and Thrift Shop on Sydney Road in Brunswick

Sarah and Kris, the Jetsetting Fools, recommend a trip to funky Brunswick for shopping, food, and – of course – a few drinks…

“Get out of the CBD and head to the main thoroughfare, Sydney Road, in the Brunswick neighbourhood. The area boasts a diverse culture and the street is lined with fabulous architecture, funky shops, historic pubs and international eateries. Digging through the many second-hand and vintage shops can easily provide hours of entertainment… and when the shopping is done, stop into one of the many cosy pubs for a pint.”

Discover the Street Art on “Hidden” Laneways

Melbourne is well known for its amazing laneways, which are covered in stunning street art. Kerri from Beer and Croissants recommends hunting out some of the lesser known ones:

“Whilst the Melbourne street art is something that is gaining notoriety, there are so many laneways that are “hidden” still. Any visit to Melbourne should include grabbing a map and going on a treasure hunt to find them all. The artwork differs in each laneway.”

Discover the Wine Scene (and More) in Yarra Valley

If it’s food and drink you’re looking for, travel blogger Vicki suggests a trip to Yarra Valley

“My favourite thing to do in Melbourne is to visit the Yarra Valley. Boasting hundreds of wineries producing some of the best wines in Australia, it’s complemented by a dairy, gin distillery, chocolaterie, and a few craft breweries – there’s something for everyone!”

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