Since I’ve been living in the UK, I feel like I’ve been an amazing ambassador to my home city, Melbourne – I’m always telling people to go there! I was raised in Melbourne and I do have a real love and passion for the vibrant and stylish Australian city.
I’m often asked, ‘why on earth did you move to the UK when you love Melbourne so much?’. The answer – I lived there for almost my whole life and I was simply itching to experience what it was like to live in other areas of world!
When I hear of other people travelling to Australia for holidays, a lot of the time, they don’t mention that they’re going to Melbourne. It’s a given people would like to travel to Sydney because it’s the biggest tourist hot spot in Australia, and many people do head to Queensland to enjoy the tropical Whitsundays. Both are incredibly stunning and are must-visit destinations, but I really do believe you still need to add Melbourne to your Australian travel itinerary.
Melbourne isn’t particularly known for its tourist sites, so if you’re wondering why you should visit, here are five reasons why you should.
The Culture & Lifestyle
Melbourne is a multi-cultural and cosmopolitan city. There are influences here from all over the world, from Asia to Italy, Greece, the Middle East, Russia and Poland, the list goes on – making it a diverse and exciting place. The city has such a cool vibe about it, without being too pretentious, and you won’t be able to get over how unique each area is – from the cool CBD, to hipster-centric Brunswick, to trendy South Yarra, to sunny St Kilda. With a fantastic mix of city, parks and beach, Melbourne has something for everyone.
There is always something happening in Melbourne. Whether it’s some kind of sporting event, such as the Australian Open Tennis (which anyone can buy a ticket to, it’s not ‘exclusive’ like Wimbledon!), the luxurious Melbourne Cup or the Formula One Grand Prix; or food events, such as the Night Noodle Markets or the Food & Wine festival; incredible exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria (I went to the House of Dior exhibition when I was back home last); First-class musicals, concerts and music festivals; and two fashion weeks, VAMFF and Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. You’ll never be bored in Melbourne, there’s always something to do.
Melbournians, and Australians in general, love individuality. Chain stores, brands and restaurants aren’t much of a big thing, as we tend to embrace and prefer unique and local companies instead. This is a stark contrast to the UK – chains are huge over here, and individuality can be hard to come by. Melbourne has so many independent cafes, bars, restaurants and fashion, lifestyle and design brands, the list goes on. You will love it.
The Food & The Coffee
When people ask me what are the best things about Melbourne, I always say ‘the food and the coffee’. Melbourne is home to the best restaurants in Australia, and I truly believe some are the best in the world. It is a foodie lover’s paradise. From quirky brunch spots where you’ll find the most indulgent berry, pistachio and mascarpone hot cakes under the sun, to the authentic and intimate local wine bars hidden in alleyways, and decor-goals restaurants which serve the most mouthwatering and unique dishes you’ll ever taste – Melbourne’s food scene is on fire.
Then there’s the coffee. I tell everyone, you haven’t tasted proper coffee until you’ve tasted Melbourne coffee. You know I’m a huge coffee snob, but so is the rest of Melbourne. Melbournians wouldn’t go near a Starbucks, we just wouldn’t do it… as snobby as that sounds! We like our coffee from individual cafes – when you get to Melbourne you will totally ‘get it’.
Of course, you can’t come to Melbourne and not shop! Along with being the food and coffee capital, Melbourne is also the hottest shopping destination in Australia. With hundreds of incredible shopping areas and thousands of brands to choose from and browse through, you’re spoilt with choice. The shopping in the CBD, South Yarra and Brunswick is fantastic, but if you fancy heading to a ginormous, and very luxurious, shopping mall, Chadstone is your place to go.
What to Wear in Melbourne
Have you been to Melbourne before? What was your favourite thing about this vibrant go-getting city? Xx
Fancy a day trip out of the city, why not head to the Yarra Valley for some wine time!
Photography by Veronica Lelek Photography