The CBD is the busiest area of Melbourne. Relatively a modern city, which is less than 200 years old, Melbourne combines new futuristic designs with historic buildings and a unique underground culture.
The intricate maze of alleyways and lanes adds interest to all people who are ready to explore and experience surprises at every step.
There is much to love about Melbourne, just ask the locals. They love its vibrant energy, staggering choice of restaurants, funky boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries and luscious parks. Melbourne is also a spectacular combination of old and new architecture, elegant streetscapes, ethnic communities and lavish parks and gardens.
Melbourne is very much about lifestyle. It is no huge surprise to residents that their city has been named in an international poll as the world’s most livable city.
Melbourne CBD's Attractions
Melbournians embrace three things in particular:
- Sports - Cricket, Tennis, Soccer and or course Footy (or Australian Rules Football), which is almost a religion in Melbourne
- Fashion - the look is chic with a dash of quirky.
- Festivals - the calendar is packed year round with festivals and major events.
They even embrace their notoriously changeable weather. A standing joke in Australia is that Melbourne can experience four seasons in a day. But, really it’s just another example of how they have it all!
Sometimes, the best part of visiting a new city is when you unexpectedly depart from the tourist trail and glimpse the city’s “real” side. While the big attractions can be great fun, often it’s the more subtle “insider” experiences that leave you feeling really satisfied.
Here is some inside information to help you discover Australia's second largest city, which is also the capital city of Victoria.
Accommodation in the Melbourne CBD
Throughout the Melbourne CBD there are numerous accommodation options available, ranging from fully self contained serviced apartments and luxury hotels right through to budget motel and backpacker accommodation. Click here for a full list of Melbourne CBD accommodation that is available including discount rates for longer stays.
Restaurants in the Melbourne CBD
There are numerous restaurants in the Melbourne CBD and they reflect the diverse range of cuisines that are on offer throughout Melbourne. The city has a reputation as being a culinary capital, which is something that is celebrated by the annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The Flower Drum located in Market Lane next to Chinatown is often regarded as Melbourne's finest restaurant by The Age Good Food Guide, as well as been ranked in the top 50 best restaurants in the world by Restaurant Magazine. In 2006, Jamie Oliver selected Melbourne as the location for "Fifteen Melbourne", the Australian restaurant for his reality television show Jamie’s Kitchen Australia.
Some restaurant areas in the Melbourne CBD include :
- Chinatown - on Little Bourke Street
- Federation Square - on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets.
- Degraves and Manchester Lanes - off Flinders Lane between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets.
- Hardware Lane - between Little Bourke and Lonsdale Streets.
Shopping in the Melbourne CBD
Shopping or "retail therapy" has been a big part of Melbourne's way of life since the late 19th Century. Today the CBD is home to some of the best shopping centres around including the Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne Central and Collins Place. While heritage arcades such as the Block and Royal Arcade and the CBD's myriad of lanes offer a more intimate shopping experience.