Melbourne City Centre
Jump into life in the city centre, and discover a wealth of creative spaces and cobbled streets full of striking street art
When you live in Melbourne’s city centre, you can start each day with a brisk walk through the Central Business District. Watch the trams rattle along the tree-fringed boulevards, which are lined with historic Victorian-era facades and immense glass skyscrapers. Carve a path through the hubbub using cobbled side streets like Hosier Lane, taking in the outstanding street art as you go. Stop for a drink in one of the trendy cafés – try Patricia Coffee Brewers for some of the best coffee in town.
Cup in hand, you’ll be ready for your classes at the University of Melbourne. Go to The Block Arcade afterwards and admire its mosaic-tiled floors and glass canopy as you window shop. Then, gather your friends together and head to bohemian Fitzroy, an area awash with art exhibitions and street performers. Browse the galleries at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, before heading to Añada Bar & Restaurant for tapas and sangria.
Regular visits to the city’s cafés and restaurants will inspire you to cook at home. See what’s on offer at Queen Victoria Market – the largest open-air market in Australia, full of fresh ingredients. Don’t forget to keep on top of upcoming local events, too. Check out what’s going on in Federation Square, and head to the plaza for live music, open-air films and sports events on the giant public screen. For a change of scene, cross the river to Southbank. Sit by the water, or rent a bike and take in the views of the city’s skyscrapers as you pedal along the riverbank.