Melbourne is a mad-crazy town.
About sport, coffee, and food, that is.
As the birthplace of footy, Australian Rules Football is where Melbourne's passion lives and dies. Throughout the winter, team scarves and beanies sprinkle the city on match days like chicken salt on hot chips (it's a real thing, believe me). It's the only city I can think of that is home to so many professional teams of the same sport, belonging to many of Melbourne's vibrant suburbs. Even if you're not a fan, it's hard to deny the city's electric buzz during footy season.
taking coffee seriously
What I love more about Melbourne though, is its love affair with coffee. I don't even drink the stuff but you can't deny that the city knows a thing or two about it. Quality over quantity? Quantity AND quality seems a more accurate description here. And they're constantly evolving the scene, taking the 'never satisfied' approach. Dedicated, much?
As you can imagine, the coffee and food scene tend to walk hand in hand. Melbourne is definitely a foodie town. From nightly markets to hole in the wall secrets to high-end dining to food trucks galore to food festivals of every kind, you're missing something if you leave Melbourne hungry.
Throw in a small-town feel, an ever vibrant music scene, and a host of splendid day trips (surf! wine! penguins!), and Melbourne is not the city to miss when in Australia.
Highlights: laneways, St. Kilda's beach, war memorial, Brunswick street