Here are some of the greatest things to do in Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city in less than 24 hours
If you want to read about the most liveable city in the world, you chose the right place. For the fifth year in a row, Melbourne has topped The Economist’s liveability rankings, from 2011 through to 2016. Out of a list of 140 cities worldwide, Melbourne was ranked number one in categories ranging from stability, healthcare, culture, environment, and infrastructure.
I am a very proud, born and raised Melbournian and I believe this place is amazing (not biased at all hey?). But I’m not the only one who thinks this city is great, and that’s why I wanted to fill you in with some of the best things to do in Melbourne.
Taste the culture
Food in Melbourne is undeniably one of Melbourne’s greatest assets. This place is filled with some of the best quick-eats to best fine dining restaurants.
To name a few, earlier this year ‘Simply Spanish’, a restaurant located on the Cecil St side of the South Melbourne market, were crowned with the Best Paella in the world! Out of 37 restaurants from all corners of the world, at the 56th Concurso Internacional de Paella Valenciana (Valencia International Paella Competition), Simply Spanish had the best traditional paella outside of Spain. The world-winning rice dish consists of rabbit and snails, however is not currently on their menu (small secret: it will be in the coming future!)
Another restaurant called 400 Gradi, located at 99 Lygon St, East Brunswick VIC 3057 makes the world’s best margherita pizza! Johnny Di Francesco topped 600 competitors from 35 countries at the Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza (Pizza World Championship) in Parma, Italy. Yes, you read that right, he beat Italian chefs in Italy – the home of the pizza!
On top of the food culture, Melbourne is renowned for its coffee culture. If you want to find a city dedicated to caffeine you must come to Melbourne. The countless number of cafes spread all throughout the city is endless – from minimalist coffee shops, vintage cafes to drive-in coffee shops – Melbourne has pretty much all you can think of!
Get to know the Melbourne’s iconic culture
Melbourne CBD is a sight to behold. It ranges in architecture and designs that encapsulates the Australian diversity. On one corner you can visit the Shrine of Remembrance (a shrine that commemorates the lives lost in the Great War of 1914-1918) or you go a few blocks down and visit “The G”. Once referred to as the Melbourne Cricket Ground, then the MCG and now “The G”, this iconic Australian sports stadium located in Yarra Park hosts multiple sporting events such as AFL games, cricket matches or international soccer championships!
If you haven’t heard by now Melbourne is internationally known for its outdoor street art displayed on approved laneways and locations all throughout the city! You can visit them any time and any day. You will find both locals and tourists at these attractions which really helps gauge Melbourne’s creativity and imagination. Here are some of the best laneways to visit: AC/DC Lane, Duckboard Place, Hosier Lane, Rutledge lanes and Centre Place all located within the CBD.
Explore the Nightlife
Whether you’re young and eager to party, or just young at heart; Melbourne caters to all needs! Crown Melbourne is one of the most popular places to go with not only a shopping mall but casino, cinemas and multiple restaurants to dine at! One of its best features is that every now and again, eight towers launch the world’s largest fireballs lighting up the night sky. Read more about it here.
But seriously, get down to Docklands and Southbank. They are literally just beautiful places to be at night.
If you want to know more about Melbourne, tell us and I can fill you in with the best adventures and sights to see – from the Great Ocean Road, 12 Apostles, our best beaches to even the most pristine National Parks! Despite The Economist’s ranking may not directly measure it, I think Melbourne is one of the best cities to live in because it is so visually stunning! But we won’t know if you want to read it unless you tell us!
In the meantime, if you do plan on coming to Melbourne check out our catalog for some great activities to fill your free time!