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Located in south-eastern Australia, Melbourne has sunny weather, a flourishing art scene and plentiful shopping, all of which are easily accessed from any one of the many excellent Melbourne-hotels. It’s a city that embraces its past, as is evidenced by the many well-preserved historic buildings, and reaches towards the future with its more than 600 high-rises.
Visit the granddaddy of all the high-rises- the Eureka Skydeck, an 88-story building that looms over the city, and affords views of the landscape beyond. The Skydeck makes a great first stop, as the view helps orient visitors to Melbourne. Being on Australia’s coast, it’s a good bet that there’s a healthy beach culture, which Melbourne surely has. Check out surfside Melbourne accommodation on St. Kilda Beach or Brighton Beach, where you can windsurf, boat, play in the waves or watch a magnificent sunset.
From big name or boutique hotels in Melbourne located in the city centre area, visitors can explore the alleys, streets and arcades that make up Melbourne’s Art District. Sports fans should consider visiting the city during the annual Australian Open Tennis Tournament, or the Australian Formula One Grand Prix.
Shopping buffs should prepare themselves for the peals of joy they’ll utter as they explore the Queen Victoria Market. It’s the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere, and you’ll find everything from fresh food and local delicacies, to authentic local artefacts and souvenirs, to everyday trappings, and round again.
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Insider city tips
Tacey Rychter, Editor of Broadsheet Melbourne
"..stay in the CBD and be within walking distance to heaps of great things."
Tacey Rychter, Editor of the online culture guide Broadsheet Melbourne, shares some of her top recommendations for where to stay and what not to miss on your next trip to Melbourne.
1. What do you think is the best neighbourhood to stay in on a weekend trip to Melbourne and why?
That's tough. Windsor and Prahran has really lovely character and some excellent cafes and shops to explore. Fitzroy and Collingwood is an area that's changing very quickly – new cafes, restaurants and bars open every week and forward-thinking people are pushing the boundaries there in a lot of ways. Alternatively – just stay in the CBD and be within walking distance to heaps of great things.
2. What's your favourite hotel in Melbourne and why?
I'd say the Art Series Hotels. The four in Melbourne are well located, and each have an individual, boutique feel. There's a new one in Bendigo too, that's worth checking out. You can borrow these fun, bright-yellow bikes from there and take a spin around the town.
3.What’s your favourite Melbourne attraction you won’t find on the tourist map?
If you love film, I'd say The Astor in Windsor. It's a beautiful, historic cinema that seems to be on the verge of closure every few years, but then gets rescued at the last minute. It's in this glorious Art Deco building, there's something great on every night of the week (often a double feature), and the choc tops are made in-house.
4. Can you suggest any hidden bars or restaurants to explore in Melbourne’s CBD?
Union Electric is one of my favourite little hidden bars at the moment. It's tucked away in Chinatown with little signage, and they do some excellent cocktails with fresh apple juice. You can also order in food from the Chinese restaurant next door. As for hidden restaurants, Rosa's Kitchen is a great little find on Punch Lane for a well-priced, comforting Italian meal. I also think Tonka in Duckboard Place is always a winner.
5. What's the most unique experience you would recommend a visitor to Melbourne’s CBD?
Eat at Chin Chin. It seems like a really tired and obvious recommendation, but after six years it still has lines out the door for a good reason. The trick is to put your name down early – by about 5.30pm. Then you can have a drink downstairs at GoGo before heading into the restaurant to watch this beautiful, chaotic magic happen.
6. What advice would you offer a first time visitor to Melbourne?
Eat as much as you can. The quality, level of creativity and variety of food now in Melbourne is just out of control. And there's so much of it. Have a drink here, a bar snack there, dessert somewhere else. Pack it all in. You can never have it all, but you can try.
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