Melbourne magic

Melbourne

Melbourne is a city that is alive with colour. The streets are full of culture and fashion, and the trams ring loud with traveling commuters. Cafes bustle with coffee connoisseurs and shops invite you into a wardrobe wonderland. Intricate laneways are hidden all over the city, and lead you to hidden shops and restaurants, while rooftop bars echo with the bubbling noise of tipsy patrons. Melbourne certainly is one of the top destinations in Australia that everyone – locals included – love to visit. Whether you’re looking for a weekend escape, 7 days of elaborate fun, or an extended stay of luxurious standards, Melbourne can accommodate you. The prices and places range from student-friendly hostels to top notch apartments, and there are a ridiculous amount of ways to entertain yourself for the duration of your stay. Pack your bags, schedule some time off, and get yourself down to Melbourne. There’s parties and pampering galore waiting for you…

MelbourneSo you want to go to Melbourne?

Flights are always fluctuating when it comes to Melbourne, so when you see a bargain – grab it! It may be just the spontaneous trip you need. Flights range depending on who you fly with, but on average you can find yourself a flight between $50 and $150. Check out Flight Centre, who give a good indication of how much it costs to fly from your nearest city airport.

As for accommodation, it all depends on how much you’re willing to spend, and what kind of place you want to stay in. If you plan on party-hopping your way through the city, you might want to scrimp on a nice hostel, considering you won’t be spending all that much time in it. But if it’s luxury sleep ins, room service and a beautiful layout you’re after, there are plenty of those options as well. The Swanston Hotel is one of those magic places that manages to combine both affordability with luxury – less than $200 per night in a room for as many as 3 people. With its restaurants, bars, conference rooms and up to date blogs on what to see and do in Melbourne, you’ve hit the jackpot when you stay at this centrally located gem.

What to do once you get there

Melbourne has a host of treats for its’ visitors to enjoy. They vary depending on demographic, interest and budget, so peruse your options and make a list. For the  party-going tourists, both young and old, rooftop bars are the place to be. Drink in the city skyline from all angles as you listen to live music, relax in balcony bars and watch movies beneath the stars. The Red Hummingbird is one of the most popular rooftop bars in Melbourne, with swinging wicker chairs and lanterns lighting the space. For something a little bit Great Gatsby-esque, Madame Brussels is an absolute charm. Served by groomed men in tennis whites, go barefoot on the astro-turf and absorb the evening. The garden party vibe takes you to another time, and makes for a fabulously frivolous evening. The Rooftop Bar is the only bar in Melbourne where you can take in the entire view of the city. But don’t think they rest all their appeal on that one trait alone. There’s an outdoor cinema that plays beautiful classic films while serving delicious food and drinks. And for the younger crowd that want to kick on until dawn, there are a host of fabulous clubsto keep you going.

Melbourne

Melbourne fashion

We all know that Melbourne is renowned as a fantastic fashion district, with everything from vintage treasures and factory bargains, to upscale designer clothing. Starting small, the Direct Factory Outlets (DFO) down at South Wharf offer over 120 brands over clothing at their lowest prices. Check out what stores are there, and start accumulating some cash. The shops are so affordable, you’ll want to buy everything and anything. If you prefer your clothes to be one of a kind, Melbourne has an abundance of vintage shops that offer all the quirkiness you could ever want. Brunswick Street is beyond amazing, with unique denim jackets, 60’s floral dresses and doc martens galore. This strip will take up most of your day, so clear your schedule and browse at your leisure. There are also a number of adorable places to make a pitstop at, with Little Creatures Dining Hall a definite favourite. The giant warehouse has been turned into a brilliant collaboration of open dining booths and small, cosy coffee lounges, with amazing food to boot.

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 Coffee, coffee and maybe some food…?

Cafes are one of the true highlights of Melbourne, with little laneways and perfected coffee the best part of discovering the city. Hardware Lane may seem quiet during the day, but come night-time, the tiny street comes alive with alfresco dining and back-to-back patrons crowding the street. A beautiful cafe for a stylish brunch is The Hardware Societe, where food comes in gorgeous tiny pots and trays, and the coffee is divine. Another great place to explore for dinner is Lygon Street, with Italian cuisine paraded along the entire street. If you like a good (and by good I mean brilliant) pasta or pizza, leafy Lygon Street is exactly where you want to be.

MelbourneSo there you have it; Melbourne in a nutshell. The beautiful streets, fabulous nightlife, shopping magic and foodie heaven make Melbourne one of the top places you’ll want to absorb and enjoy. The culture and creativity that oozes from every cobble stoned street and loved coffee cup makes an atmosphere worth the plane trip. Melbourne is waiting, you’d better hurry up!

About Sam Oldfield

Growing up in Santa Cruz, California, I was a keen surfer and beach junkie from early on. My first overseas trip was to the Caribbean, and I've been chasing the summer sun ever since. I wrapped up my media degree at uni, and decided to move to Australia. The land downunder is full of beaches, babes and brilliant adventures. I'm just hitch-hiking my way around this sunny paradise, one travel blog at a time.
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