Melbourne: no mean city

Melbourne is my home town, so I’m delighted to bring you this little taster courtesy of DialAFlight.

Yarra river Melbourne

Photo: Wikimedia commons

Recently rated the “world’s most livable city” by the Economist magazine, Melbourne has sights that delight and sounds that abound around every corner. The capital of Victoria, Australia, Melbourne has a personality that makes it unlike any other place in the world, unlike even other places in the country. Here are some reasons why so many people are catching flights to Melbourne, while others simply call the city home:

Friendly faces

One of the best things about Melbourne is just how welcoming the locals are. Everyone likes to feel welcome, and the people around Melbourne do their best with their outgoing hospitality. You can tell that the people are proud of their city.

If you happen to get turned around and find yourself in a strangely busy alleyway, have no fear. You’ve actually stumbled into one of Melbourne’s famed back alleyways. The city’s ultra-wide streets led business proprietors to build in the spaces behind their buildings, resulting in shops, cafes, and all other manner of people-watching hotspots in the unlikeliest of places.

Getting around easily

You’d think that a city the size of Melbourne would be tough to get around in, but that is not the case. Their public transportation system is punctual, starting with fast, efficient trams. It’s also one of the most pedestrian friendly cities out there; many areas inside the city do not allow vehicles, and there are more than 670 kilometers of bike paths throughout the city.

The taste of… Greece?

If you wanted to eat a meat pie and some of the tastiest Greek food outside of Greece both in the same day, Melbourne is your place. The Greek population is some 800,000 strong, the most in the world outside of Athens. That means there are souvlaki shops galore, enough that you can satisfy your lamb and pita craving anywhere in the city.

Keeping up with the arts

There seems to be some sort of festival or exhibit every week in Melbourne, which is no surprise once you realize the importance that the locals attach to the arts. It’s a city that embraces diversity and isn’t afraid to laugh, cue the Melbourne International Comedy festival that takes place every year. If you’re not a fan of paying admission fees, there’s an art exhibit on the city streets. Graffiti and stencil art is plastered everywhere, but it’s not your standard throwaway graffiti. Instead world renowned artists come and show off their talent on the streets, such as Banksy, who personally has contributed many pieces over the years.

Melbourne isn’t just another big city. It’s a place as diverse as the personalities that inhabit it. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or new to the city, Melbourne will always have its surprises. And if it doesn’t, then maybe that legendary Australian laidback attitude is rubbing off on you. It’s infectious, and that’s no bad thing!

2 Comments on “Melbourne: no mean city”

  1. Kelly Johnson (@TravelOptimist) 20/06/2014 at 12:47 am #

    Very interesting! My husband’s company has an office in Melbourne and there’s a possibility for us to move there. I’ve never been, so I’m doing my research before taking the leap!

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 20/06/2014 at 6:31 am #

      I grew up there, and it has changed a lot over the years. Very European and a bit grunge. Definitely has the best food and coffee in Australia

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