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There?s a lot to love about Melbourne, including a huge choice of restaurants and cafes, funky laneways, fabulous shopping and diverse inner city precincts. Here?s some information to help you make the most of your visit.

City restaurants are known for delicious food at fair prices and local residents demand nothing less. Many
Melbourne precincts are associated with food, from the Greek atmosphere of Lonsdale Street and the Italian character of Carlton?s Lygon Street to the wide array of Chinese restaurants along Little Bourke Street in Chinatown.

Melbourne also offers exceptional fine dining, served with passion and panache at
restaurants marrying modern Australian cuisine with European and Asian techniques. Take a stroll along the Yarra River to Southgate, or a quick tram ride to Docklands, where you can enjoy striking views of the city skyline and the waterfront while you dine.

While choice is a huge attraction, the joy of shopping in Melbourne is also about atmosphere. A web of broad boulevards, narrow streets, enticing laneways and gorgeous arcades make shopping in the city an absolute pleasure.

Leading international
fashion labels can be found on tree-lined Collins Street, while nearby Little Collins Street has a great selection of cutting-edge designers. Funky streets and laneways are a haven for small boutiques specialising in Australian designers, jewellery and accessories.

Melbourne boasts flagship department stores Myer and David Jones, both in the Bourke Street Mall. For a wide range of designers and retailers under one roof, visit
retail centres
such as GPO Melbourne, Melbourne Central, Collinstwo3four, QV and Australia on Collins or DFO at South Wharf. Queen Victoria Market offers souvenirs, clothes, crafts and fresh foods.

Throughout Melbourne?s boulevards and lanes you?ll discover some fabulous little spots for getting together with colleagues and friends. Once-forgotten warehouses and
laneways have emerged as funky new venues while the city pulses with cocktail lounges, vibrant pubs, underground dance dens and live music venues.

Recline on an old couch in a retro lounge bar or indulge in a pot of beer in a pub. And, of course the city is open all hours so Melbourne is the ultimate party town.

Melbourne is home to world class
arts and culture. The NGV International hosts an outstanding collection of international artwork, including major touring exhibitions, and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square is the home of Indigenous and Australian art.

Nestled in the city?s laneways are many commercial galleries, craft and design outlets. A variety of quirky public artworks add a sense of fun to the city?s streets.

Melbourne?s waterfront bustles day and night with people dining, strolling, exercising, shopping and boating. The city?s focal point is the meandering Yarra River, lined with several fine dining and shopping precincts as well as world class sporting and arts venues, and stunning
parks and gardens.

The city?s newest living, working and visitor precinct is
Melbourne Docklands
, boasting a magnificent harbour, restaurants and bars and walking trails. Waterfront City has great shopping choices at Harbour Town and Costco.

For more information about what the city has to offer:

head to the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square, located on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets
visit the Melbourne Visitor Booth in the Bourke Street Mall
call the City of Melbourne
on +61 3 9658 9658




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