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My 18 Favorite Things to Do in Melbourne



Melbourne is one of the funkiest cities in Australia. From its cool architecture to its robust art scene with hip cafés and music, Melbourne is often considered the culture capital of Australia. Its narrow lanes, covered in world-class street art, hide beautiful cafés and beer gardens. The city and I mix well together (last month’s visit was my fourth), and it?s my favorite spot in the country. There?s so much to see and do in this place that today, I want to share with you some of my favorite things about Melbourne:
Take a street art tour – Hands down the highlight of my visit, I loved the street art tour run by graffiti artists from Blender Studies. It?s pricey at $69 AUD, but the cost of the tour helps support local artists and includes drinks and cheese at the end. I learned so much about the art scene in the city and developed a much deeper appreciation for why Melbourne attracts so many artists from around the world. I can?t recommend this tour enough.

Visit the State Library of Victoria (328 Swanston St) – The State Library of Victoria is a historic institution that sees 8 million visitors a year. Originally built in 1856, the library has grown into an event space that?s a source of pride for city residents. Come here before it opens and you?ll see a queue of people ready to pounce on the open desks. The famous central rotunda with its octagonal shape, original dark wood furniture, and book-lined walls is definitely something not to miss. There are a number of free tours of the library to teach you more about its history and striking architecture. Moonlight movies in the park – During the summer months, there are nightly movies (most of them major Hollywood features) in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Admission is $19 AUD to the movie, and you can bring food and wine for a little evening picnic. (Bring a jacket too, because it gets cold at night!)
Wander Queen Victoria Market – This outdoor market is a mix of food sellers and knick-knack vendors ? think flea market meets food market. During the week, the food hall is the main draw, but the weekend offerings are bigger, as sellers fill up the outdoor vending space. When you?re in the food hall, be sure to get some free wine samples from Swords Wines; the staff is friendly and the wine is cheap (I bought two bottles for some afternoon drinking in the park!).
Take the City Circle tram – More than just a means of free transportation, the City Circle Tram provides “hop-on, hop-off” service between Melbourne?s sightseeing attractions, including Federation Square, the Old Treasury Building, Parliament House, and the Princess Theater. There’s a running recorded commentary as you pass or stop at a place of historical, cultural, or architectural significance.

People watch in Federation Square – Right along the route of the free City Circle train and across the street from Flinders Street Station lies Federation Square. This open square a...
Source: Nomadic Matt
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