Melbourne — the cool kid of Australia

by Dea Martinjonis June 29, 2017

Elected the no 1 most livable place in the world for years in a row, Melbourne is also nicknamed the foodie capital and the cool kid of Australia.

The skyscrapers of Melbourne. Photo by TK Kurikawa / Shutterstock.

“The food and coffee are always awesome here,” says Matt Hilton, the Technical Talent Scout at Readify and a resident in Melbourne. “We have quite a foodie culture here and living in Melbourne is very fast-paced, there are lots of things you can get involved in — from meetups and technical events through to all of the arts and culture that Melbourne is very renowned for.”

Melbourne is also known as the foodie capital of Australia. Photo by Veronika Lashevych / Shutterstock.

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second-most populous city in Australia and Oceania, so one can imagine how booming the city is. But there’s plenty to discover outside the big city life — the state of Victoria is famous for its wineries, spas, old rainforests and beautiful coastline.

Melbourne’s coastline. Photo by Greg Brave / Shutterstock.

The ultimate to-do’s in Melbourne

We’ve got you covered with tips ranging from amazing food, breathtaking nature, the best shopping and hipster-approved services, beer yoga included!

Sightseeing: Prahran market and the surrounding food/coffee places. Try the famous Cheese Toasties at the Maker & Monger Cheese Cart .

Short layover activity: Brunch at Journeyman on Chapel Street where you may enjoy some of Melbourne’s finest coffee and delicious food (try the charred greens) in a buzzing industrial chic space.

Just a little mouthwatering teaser by Journeyman. Beam me there now, Scotty! Photo by: Chapel Street Precinct.

Catch the tram down to St Kilda and take a walk out the pier, then head for a ride on the old roller coaster at Luna Park. Stroll back toward the city through Albert Park and around the lake. Head over for a late lunch at Cumulus on Flinders Lane (share the lamb shoulder and some sides with friends).

Only three kilometres from the heart of the city, Albert Park is popular for a range of activities like dog walking, jogging, cycling, sailing and rowing. Photo by ProDesign studio / Shutterstock.

Hipster-approved service area: Massage — Stable Massage, Prahran; Haircut — The Bearded Man, Prahran;

The Bearded Man offers the finest in Men’s Grooming Services & Products + award winning coffee from Industry Bean and weekly DJs. 100% hipster-approved! Photo by: The Bearded Man.

Weekend getaway: King Island— surrounded by some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, King Island imports the world’s best surfers and exports produce sought by the world’s top chefs. Succulent beef, rich gourmet cheese and crayfish plucked from the Island’s crystal clear waters are but three of the delicacies you can enjoy on your visit.; take a drive on the spectacular Great Ocean Road, which winds alongside the wild and windswept Southern Ocean. Home to the world-class surf at Bells Beach and the craggy limestone spires of the 12 Apostles, this diverse and dramatic region is best explored over the course of a few days — it spans 400 kilometres (249 miles) from the town of Torquay to Nelson on the South Australian border.; take an early morning balloon flight, meet passionate food and wine producers, and encounter a platypus at Healesville Sanctuary in the Yarra Valley. Wander the walking trails, meander the villages and discover the hidden delights of the Dandenong Ranges among its scenic winding roads, abundant artist studios, craft stores and renowned gardens;

Set off on your own Great Ocean Road adventure and experience one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. Photo by: Olga Kashubin / Shutterstock.

Favorite lunch spot: A25 Pizzeria honours the heritage of old world Italian tradition, where the integrity of ingredients is paramount and the freshness in flavour undeniable. The pizzeria uses southern Italian grown tomatoes, Italian soft wheat flour with vital wheat germ (making it kinder to your digestive system), and seasonal ingredients. Yum, 🍕!

Mini breakfast pizza at A25 Pizzeria consisting of
avocado, free range egg, wilted spinach, oven roasted cherry tomato and pecorino. This is ridiculous — we are moving there right now! Photo by: A25 Pizzeria.

THE date night idea: Milk the Cow— cheese + wine bar. As the name suggests, Milk the Cow is all about the cheese. Stocking over 100 cheeses (and counting!), curated vigilantly so you can experience some of the greatest artisan cheeses from all around the world. 🧀 + 🍷 = ❤️

Milk the Cow — fine cheese and wine paired with good, old-fashioned country hospitality, in the heart of Melbourne. Photo by: Milk the Cow.

Hippest nightlife places: Chapel St, combining South Yarra/Prahran/Windsor — boldly bringing you the best in
fashion, beauty, homewares, bubbles and bites.

Chapel Street Precinct is one of the most exciting neighborhoods in Melbourne with a mix of tried-and-true favourite hot spots and new local loves. This being 
Caffé e Cucina — offering the ultimate Italian dining experience in Melbourne, bookings are essential! Photo by: Chapel Street Precinct.

Live music + fashion shopping: Swan St, Richmond; Brunswick St— known for cafés, live music venues and alternative fashion shops, it is also Fitzroy’s main drag, for tonnes of vintage clothing stores and second-hand bookshops;

Phew! You’ve successfully completed this guide and have earned a drink — why not at the Mofo Lounge & Morocco Lounge?


have a try at the latest fitness craze — the famous beer yoga 🍺, practiced at the Speakeasy Kitchen Bar.

There’s nothing illegal about Speakeasy Kitchen Bar on Chapel Street in South Yarra, but the cobbled back alley entrance from Commercial Road to the courtyard bar may indicate otherwise…And they lure you with beer yoga. Also nothing illegal about that! Photo by: Chapel Street Precinct.

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