MELBOURNE HAS BEEN RANKED AS ONE OF THE TOP THREE WORLD’S MOST LIVABLE CITIES BY THE ECONOMIST GROUP’S INTELLIGENCE UNIT’S 2009 LIVEABILITY SURVEY. MELBOURNE, WITH A POPULATION OF MORE THAN THREE MILLION, IS AUSTRALIA’S SECOND LARGEST CITY. CULTURAL CAPITAL OF AUSTRALIA
Melbourne is a true multicultural city with more than one third of melbourne’s population were born overseas. The city is extremely racially tolerant and very easy to work and live in. it is very much about lifestyle. It is a city of energy, sophistication, innovation, and history and cultural diversity. It is modern, cutting-edge designs add to the fascinating mix of heritage architecture and ensure the skyline is constantly changing.
Melbourne is a diverse and multicultural city, with cultural endeavours spanning major events and festivals, drama, musicals, sports, comedy, music, art, architecture, and literature. There are more than 100 galleries in Melbourne. Most notably it is home to Australia’s oldest art gallery, the National Gallery of Victoria.
SUBURBS AND DISTRICTS
Like any large city, Melbourne is divided up into many suburbs and districts each with its own distinct character and personality. In the CBD, the cobblestoned laneways are filled with the aroma of espresso coming from a myriad of cafes and a large range of restaurants and cafes offering high quality food, and representating various cultures and countries. Further afield, Richmond – Victoria Street (popular Vietnamese restaurants), Sydney Road in Brunswick is known for its many Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Greek and Turkish restaurants. Fitzroy, South Melbourne and Prahran also offer great cafe strips, with a more laid-back feel. The popular tourist area of St Kilda offers a large number of good quality restaurants and cafes, especially on Acland Street, and Fitzroy Street.
Melbourne has a long and rich coffee culture beginning with Victorian era coffee palaces and further enhanced by Italian migrants arriving in the aftermath of World War II, and since then the love affair with coffee has not stopped. Melbourne’s coffee culture surrounds you in the laneways and arcades with street cafés and funky coffee shops around every other corner. Degraves Street, Centre Place and Block Place are lined with small eateries, most with an alfresco dining option, offering everything from coffee and paninis to sushi, soup and pasta.
The most famous Italian style café is Pellegrini’s, Bourke Street, Melbourne city. Fitzroy is known for funky, bohemian-style cafés. Collins Street features many elegant cafés.
Many Italian style cafés are found in Carlton.
Partake in tea and cake at the historic Hopetoun Tea Rooms (since1893) in the Block Arcade, grab an authentic Belgian waffle from Waffle On in Degraves Street or climb the stairs to Hell’s Kitchen in Centre Place.
St Kilda, a historic amusement park built in 1912. THIS PAGE FROM THE TOP: Docklands An entire new precinct filled with shops, bars, restaurants and a stadium with a waterside setting. The National Gallery of Victoria The Australia’s oldest art gallery on St Kilda Road. St Kilda Pier Popular spot for fishing and walking. Southgate Arts & Leisure Precinct.
For more information about Melbourne www.visitvictoria.com