Melbourne – Food, Art and Tours
It is no secret that Melbourne is held in high regard on the world stage for its dynamic food and art scene – add a tour or two into the mix and you could very well be in seventh heaven. Having been awarded the prestigious “The World’s Most Liveable City” for five consecutive years; Melbourne is a gem. That particular award takes certain aspects into consideration including – education, entertainment, health care, tourism and sport as well as research and development. In addition to that accreditation Melbourne is recognized by UNESCO as a city of literature and major centre for street art, music and theatre. People come from far and near to live comfortably in this beautiful city. The city is filled with amazing talents, great foods and magnificent artworks. Experiencing Melbourne is truly beyond amazing.
Melbourne is known as Australia’s food capital, the city has an abundance of produce markets, world class chefs, award winning restaurants, food stores and countless food festivals celebrated all throughout the year. There are approximately 3,500 restaurants all over Melbourne that serves near to 70 different cuisines from all around the globe.
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is one of the largest of its kind in Australia; it is made up of a collection of over 200 food and wine related events each year and attracts about 300,000 visitors.
Melbourne Food and Dining Facts
- The most expensive cocktail in the world can be found in Melbourne at a cost about $12,500. It is known as “The Winston” and according to The Guinness Book of World Records, this cognac is also the most expensive cognac ever sold at an auction. The cocktail contains 60 ml of Croizet’s 1858 ‘Cuvee Leonie cognac.
- Melbourne’s Colonial Tramcar Restaurant that has been serving quality food since 1983. It is first of its kind in the world and can be seen making its way through the city and surrounding suburbs.
- Australians particularly Melbournians are self-confessed coffee addicts. About 30 tons of coffee beans are being exported to Melbourne and contributes in the making of roughly 3 million cups of coffee daily.
- Founded in 1961 Toto’s Pizza on Lygon Street is Australia’s first pizza restaurant. In 2007 the Toto’s was inducted into the prestigious Pizza Hall of Fame.
Melbourne is a world class base for thriving artists; with over 100 art galleries ranging from large public institutions to smaller commercial galleries. The Culture Trip published a list of 10 best contemporary art galleries in Melbourne.
Melbourne Street Art
Street art is legal in Melbourne and the government supports street artists. The City of Melbourne acknowledges public spaces and provides gallery space and stages for artistic expression. Different forms of street arts like wood blocking, sticker art, poster art, graphs, wheat pasting and graffiti has appeared on the walls of Melbourne ever since the 21st century. Most artists are activists who choose art to express their emotions and create awareness to society in the form of art.
In 2010, prominent Melbourne street artists were featured on Space Invaders. Hosier Lane, a Melbournian famous street is popular for its laneway street art. In the inner suburbs many galleries feature and exhibit street arts. Melbourne street art has earnt a well-deserved respect on a global scale.
Street Art Locations
You can see street arts all over the Melbourne, but these particular places where street art is densely located.
- Brunswick and East Brunswick
- Carlton and North Carlton
- Fitzroy and North Fitzroy
- Melbourne City Centre
- Northcote and Westgarth
- South Yarra
- St Kilda
Melbourne is a place full of magic and mystery. Melbourne attracts domestic and international tourists and they keep coming back for more and more. There are various tours on offer for locals and tourists alike. Whether it is a laneway and arcades tour, or a self-guided city bike tour, or even a food and wine tour. Surely you will find a tour or two to meet your requirements. There is no better way to learn from a “local” – who knows you may even experience that illusive life time experience.
In addition to tours; Melbourne has loads to offer tourists. Here are a few reasons why tourists keep coming back to this beautiful locality:
- Amazing Food
Melbourne is a multicultural city, making the cities gastronomic scene one of a kind. The city is the perfect place to see and taste well-diversified cuisines. You will find clusters of particular cuisines on dining streets dotted throughout the city.
- Shopping Haven
If you love to shop Melbourne is the place for you. Melbourne is regarded as Australia’s best shopping destination. You will surely find a shopping centre that suits your tastes.
- Plenty of Museums
If museums are your thing, Melbourne has a lot to offer in this area. The city has plenty of museums to visit – National Sports Museum, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, National Gallery of Victoria and the Immigration Museum just to name a few.
- Film and Comedy Festivals
Melbourne Film Festival and the Melbourne Comedy Festival are world-renowned festivals. Celebrities both local and of international fame gather to witness the prestigious events.
- Multicultural City
Melbourne is a home for a lot of race, colour and culture. Numerous cultural events are held throughout the year.
Are sports a form of art? Now that opens up another can of worms.