Why everyone loves Melbourne’s life


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Melbourne’s status as a supremely habitable city is well-documented, as is its outstanding café culture. And though the coffee tasted great everywhere, it was the local way to drinking it—the unhurried pace, joie de vivre, and enthusiasm for connecting with other people.

Melbournians are some of the nicest and most hospitable people. With its unique mix of culture and nature, Victoria’s capital ranks as one of the world’s greatest urban destinations. Even if you don’t find yourself moving to Melbourne, here are a few reasons you would possibly be tempted.

Perfect Balance

Every local extolled Melbourne’s best restaurants, easy-to-use public transit system, hip art scene, and cornucopia of green spaces. In Melbourne, you can be yourself. No matter your style or background, you will be among friends.

The greatest appeal of the city lies in the diversity of its cultural offerings. Beyond its thriving hospitality and food scene-- sporting events like the Australian Open and the Australian football League’s Grand Final as major attracts. Moreover, the National Gallery of Victoria always has best exhibitions, and the Heide Museum of contemporary Art never disappoints.

And then there are the beautiful landscapes to be found in and around Melbourne. The bayside city is set a short driving distance from idyllic escapes like the Yarra valley wine region and Mornington peninsula, while Yarra Bend Park provides a swath of natural bush land close to the heart of Melbourne. Charting a boat from Victorian Yacht Charters and sailing Port Phillip is another good way to spend the afternoon.

You can relish an evening in city with dinner and a show, escape to a winery for an outdoor concert, or head into the bush for a picnic and a walk—all in one weekend!


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Pellegrini’s

You’ll run into artisanal coffee outlets on practically each street in Melbourne. But if you’re trying to get the roots of the city’s caffeine-fueled obsession, look no further than Pellegrini’s coffee Bar, a longtime native favorite that claims to have brought the first coffee machine to Victoria’s capital in 1954. Pellegrini’s is authentic and quintessentially Melbourne.


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Street Appeal

Melbourne’s Central Business District boasts a fantastic grid of 19th-century lanes and arcades, many of that make you feel as if you’re in on some style of secret. Don’t hesitate to get a little lost, it’s how you realize some of the more fascinating retailers. Locals recommends very little Bourke and Little Collins streets - they have real stores, not chains.


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Rooftop revelry with a facet of History

Naked in the Sky, part of a three-story complex known as Naked for Satan, is a favorite rooftop place for locals. The establishment’s provocative name pays homage to Melbourne legend Leon Satanovich, who came to the town in 1928 to work as a cleaner and caretaker at the Moran & Cato grocery after fleeing the Russian pogroms. When the nice Depression smitten and the price of alcohol was at a premium, Satanovich, whose name had been by then shortened to Satan, decided to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps by making liquor with a few copper boilers he had found within the shop’s warehouse. The story goes that Melbourne’s soaring hot temperatures combined with the heat coming off the stills made working unbearable.

Today, the namesake bar keeps Satanovich’s bequest alive with its own brand of infused vodkas and keeps patrons with a delicious array of pintxos. True story or not, the restaurant nowadays is fantastically embellished with copper boilers and pipes, and classical photos of naked people in the halls. Visitors simply grab the pintxos they wish to try, and pay for the amount of toothpicks in the end.


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Penguins on the Pier

Phillip Island, two hours from Melbourne, may be famed for its penguin Parade. But the waddling birds, at least about a hundred of them, will be found just a couple of miles from town center, too. You can walk to the end of the pier in the suburb of St. Kilda to see the penguins returning at dusk to feed their chicks. The St. Kilda Pavilion, a historic Edwardian kiosk at the end of the pier, is an excellent place to relax with coffee.


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Bustling Markets

The Queen Victoria Market is where locals and tourists meet in Melbourne. The butchers shouting to sell their wares can sound rather musical, and even operatic. And don’t even think about going away before you’ve tried a borek, a traditional Turkish pastry. If you cannot find the stall, just look for the mob of people. About 2 miles south, across the Yarra River, the South Melbourne Market which is full of great manufactures, crafts, and flowers.


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