Melbourne is easily the coolest Australian city due to its artistic, fashion-centric café-culture, and top restaurants. If you’re heading to Melbourne, be sure to experience the hidden art galleries, shop the treasure trove of fashion finds and get a real coffee at any one of the laneway cafes. Finish it all off with dinner at one of Melbourne’s top restaurants.

Find a Gem at Local Galleries

Melbourne has many well-known galleries such as The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne Arts Centre and Museum of Modern Art.

The Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square is all about film, television and digital culture, holding exhibitions on everything from gaming to Tim Burton. If you’re looking to discover the next big thing in the art world, then disappear through the rabbit hole of Melbourne’s commercial and collective galleries such as No Vacancy and Twentybythirty.

Not to be held back by its diminutive size, Twentybythirty (20 Presgrave Pl, Pushka, Melbourne, Victoria 3000) is Melbourne’s smallest gallery – a mere nook in the wall holding beautiful works on display 24-7. No Vacancy (27-33 Red Cape Ln, QV Building, Melbourne, Victoria 3000) is an artist-run gallery that thrives on fortnightly exhibitions by up-and-comers. A great idea for a Melbourne Holiday.

Uncover Fashion

From luxe to vintage, boutique to department store, Melbourne’s CBD from Flinders Lane to Bourke St has everything a fashion-hunter could have in her sights. Explore the laneways of Degraves and Centre Place for the quirky style of Kinki Gerlinki, vintage finds from Shag and men’s hip store Incu. Head up to Collins St to drool over Chanel and Louis Vitton, then hit Bourke St for David Jones, Myer and other chain stores.

Café culture

After all that shopping has worn you out, take time out in one of Melbourne’s renowned cafes. Once again, the best places are discovered hidden in the nooks and crannies of Melbourne’s laneways. Check out Degraves for amazing coffee and organic food set out on vintage recycled cinema seats, and benches from a former magistrate’s court. Hardware Lane also houses gorgeous tea-rooms and coffee houses. There are hundreds of great places to choose from.

Foodies’ Favourites

Melbourne is a foodies’ haven, with hundreds of fantastic restaurants to get your taste buds watering. Longgrain in Chinatown serves up top-notch Asian fusion and explosive cocktails with a twist. If you’re after a traditional Sunday roast on a chilly Melbourne afternoon, then Papa Goose has lamb with all the trimmings. Cumulus on Flinders Lane, home to acclaimed chef Andrew McConnell, is fast gaining a reputation (and a waiting list). They don’t take reservations for small tables so get in quick. Cookie, downstairs from Toff In Town, is a Mecca for hipsters sharing a scrumptious Thai banquet before heading up to see the hottest indie acts in town.

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