As the second largest city in Australia and the capital of the state of Victoria, Melbourne is perhaps the most cultural and diverse in the continent. Not as flashy as its northern sister-city Sydney, Melbourne on the other hand is both stylish and dynamic offering travelers a charming coast line and a thriving food scene.
With a perfect climate year-round, flexible public transportation, and streets that are similar to a grid system, it’s no wonder why travel experts call Melbourne the Europe of Australia. Melbourne has it all, from the best nightlife in Australia to the most extravagant art festivals, this city will have you feeling wonderful!
As for the foodies out there, Melbourne’s passion for eating and drinking is highly reflected in the hundreds of fine-dining restaurants offering upscale gastronomic experiences from all around the world. Just simply wind your way through Melbourne’s streets and roads and you’ll quickly discover the city’s obsession with good food and uniquely-crafted cocktails.
Not only expensive, but spectacular is the word to describe the French empire that Vue De Monde is. With lunch tasting menus starting at around $230 a person, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind experience in Melbourne and a night to remember.
With high-end Modern Greek dishes, The Press Club offers a smaller, more exclusive dining experience and an a la carte lunch for two starting at $50 or a five-course for $120. Talk about big spender! From mouth-watering traditional baklava to an extensive wine list, Chef George Calombaris knows the true meaning of class.
Everywhere you’ll look you will find a vast array of boutique and luxury hotels, all established in the heart of Melbourne. For the very best in accommodation and comfort, The Hotel Windsor offers five star rooms overlooking the famous Fitzroy Gardens and Tennis Centre. Reserve your room early; this hotel is up for grabs all year round. Although it may not include all the facilities of a five-star hotel, The Cullen offers its visitors edgy glamour and due to its small size, this boutique hotel feels intimate and fun. The hotel features décor by artist Adam Cullen and is walking distance from the famous Federation Square.
Want to party like the rich and famous? Or at least have you always dreamt of it? Ritzy night club and cocktail bar, The Emerson is an ultimate entertainment spot. You could call it a rooftop, a lounge, a bar or club, either way this venue lives and breathes fun.
For something more casual and laid back, Section 8’s buzzing outdoor bar is perfect for groups, birthdays, or even a lazy Sunday. This beer garden is ideal in the summer and is known for its alleyway location and relaxed atmosphere.
We can’t deny it any longer, if you decide to take a trip to the land down under, you’ll truly fall in love with Melbourne. There’s something very chic, multicultural and accelerating about this place and here at Shadow we want you to know where the best places to dine, drink, stay and enjoy are during your trip.