Australia’s capital of culture brings many surprises for travellers on the hunt for exciting city-based experiences.
Ranked as the world’s most liveable city for the sixth year running, Melbourne has all the elements of a must-visit urban destination: a buzzing culture-rich core, a love for coffee and celebration, hip precincts, and lush parkland topped off with breathtaking nature. Here are 3 experiences that showcase the cities thriving food scene at its finest.
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1. Eat Your Way to the Top
Melbourne is a haven for any seasoned Singaporean foodie. At one of the city’s many cafes, pair creative brunch fare with coffee micro-roasted to perfection. For a spin on café culture, pop by Seven Seeds in Carlton for its university vibe, recycled timber interior and top-notch cappuccino.
The world’s best pizza is not in Italy, it’s at 400 Gradi on Lygon Street in Brunswick. Affable Aussie owner Johnny Di Francesco’s wood-fired Margherita is a must-try, having bested global contenders to win the 2014 World Pizza Championships in Italy.
For a spectacular view in an unusual setting, pay a visit to Easeys in Collingwood. Tuck into a cheesy burger as you perch on a rooftop in one of three train carriages. Try your best not to spill the tomato sauce!
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2. Off the Beaten Truck
Food truck parks are an iconic part of Melbourne’s food scene. These food truck gatherings often occupy both an indoor and outdoor area, which makes for a lovely dining-under-the-stars experience — particularly in the summer.
Indulge in top-notch grub from over 40 street food vendors at Hank Marvin Market, which opens every Saturday at St Kilda East. This park transforms into a hub of fresh produce, food trucks and street food stalls serving everything from pizzas to wood-fired bagels. Just 20 minutes north of the city is Welcome to Thornbury, Melbourne’s first permanent food truck stop. With up to 43 trucks onsite and a host of craft beers and cocktail jugs for sharing, this park is the perfect eating spot for travellers who are new to the food truck scene. The 4,000-square metre venue features a 200-seater bar, where you can knock back some grilled bites and beer.
3. Heed the Call of Collingwood
Popular with locals, this neighbourhood is home to a monthly farmers’ market showcasing local goodies produced within a 160-kilometre radius. Grab a punnet of fresh berries, set out for nearby Yarra Bend Park and hop on a rowboat for the chance to see native grey-headed flying foxes in action.
Those itching to bring home a piece of Melbourne can hit the stores along Smith Street on Collingwood for unique collectibles. These stores typically specialise in handcrafted trinkets and jewellery with unusual features, like laminated flowers, pencils and recycled vinyl records.
What’s not to miss in Collingwood? The Melbourne suburb is home to Beanhunter’s number 1 cafe in Melbourne, Aunty Peg’s, which is essentially the cellar door to Proud Mary Coffee Roasters. Aunty Peg’s is a must visit for a Melbourne coffee lover looking to discover their perfect brew. What’s the best way to get there? From Bourke Street take the 86 tram to Hodgson Street stop 18 and walk along Stanley Street to Wellington Street, it will take about 20 mins so enjoy the ride.
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What’s next after Melbourne? Check out our new Runway Australia self-drive and come with us from Melbourne city to the Mornington Peninsula to swim with dolphins and seals, eat fresh seafood by the beach and galavant through olive groves.