Discover the distinctive flavours, sights and passions of Melbourne's favourite neighbourhoods. Spend time in the city centre and you'll discover pockets of busy, chilled, bohemian, architectural and accidentally cool spaces to explore.
Find art galleries, bars and restaurants – upstairs and down laneways. Stumble upon indie fashion boutiques, artisan workshops, and street artists at work. Wander waterside paths for raspberry ripple sunsets and climb to a rooftop bar for cocktails with a twinkling night sky view.
Want to dine like a local? Turn off the main streets and into Melbourne's laneways. In unassuming spaces, tucked away upstairs, downstairs, and behind unmarked doors and bustling queues, you'll find some of Melbourne's favourite eateries. Explore the city's labyrinth and you'll discover high-end dining, late night bites, hole-in-the-wall eateries, and plenty of bars and cafes in between.
In Melbourne you'll discover a city buzzing with dynamic and cutting-edge arts and culture. Book seats for a show in the East End Theatre District, Melbourne's hub of historic theatres hosting world-class stage and musical productions. Explore the history and creativity hidden in the laneways and byways. Wander the city's laneways to see an ever-changing outdoor gallery of urban art. Check out the murals, stencils, paste-ups and installations in the laneways off Flinders Lane between Russell Street and Swanston Street; join a tour of Hosier Lane for the inside word.
Melbourne hosts some of Australia's most prestigious events throughout the year, including the Spring Racing Carnival culminating in the Melbourne Cup in November, the Australian Open Tennis in January, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and the Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix in March, Melbourne International Comedy Festival March to April, international jazz, film and writers' festivals May through September, and Melbourne Festival in October.
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