MELBOURNE WILL ALWAYS be home to me. Despite living elsewhere from time to time, I often return to the city where I was born and raised for my fix of all the things that make it wonderful: people, food, art, culture, music, and, yes, coffee. Some might say we take it a little too seriously, but we truly believe we have the most exceptional coffee in the world.
Where Sydney’s aesthetic allure is apparent in its sparkling harbor and sun-drenched beaches, Melbourne’s is more obscure. The feeling here is laid-back — our charm lies in the richness of our cultural offering and buzzing creative energy. You can always find a new art gallery or bar to explore, local live music, or an inviting park or green space for enjoying the scene. We’re also Australia’s most culturally diverse city, so you can sample any cuisine you like. In short: There is always something to discover in Melbourne if you scratch a little below the surface. Here are a few of my favorite places.
Where to Eat and Drink
CibiA remarkable Japanese cafe and concept store
Marion Wine BarConsistently exceptional all-day dining
Gimlet at Cavendish HouseAn intimate meal with unwavering hospitality
Gerald's BarAn old-school neighborhood wine bar
Hope St RadioA community radio station with outdoor dining
Where to Stay
United PlacesAn unmatched boutique hotel experience
Napier Quarter GuesthouseA thoughtfully designed stay with local touches
Where to Explore
National Gallery of VictoriaA must-visit Melbourne museum
Heide Museum of Modern ArtAn unexpected experience
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria - Melbourne GardensA calming oasis of Australian flora
Shopping in FitzroyA superior shopping district
Northcote TheatreA cutting-edge music venue in an historic setting
Georgia Hopkins Writer
Georgia Hopkins is an Australian travel writer. The founder of travel platform It’s Beautiful Here, Hopkins' writing has appeared in the Evening Standard, Harper’s BAZAAR, Conde Nast Traveler, Vogue Australia, New York Times T-Australia, est.living, and others. Hopkins is Travel Editor for Australia’s Primer Magazine. In addition, she provides a personalized concierge service to help clients curate their dream holiday.