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There is more to Melbourne than meets the eye

Says Brigitte Seum of WeLoveMelbourne.net

“Melbourne, Australia is an intriguing place. It boasts being Australia’s Food-Arts-Music-Shopping-Fashion- and Sports-Capital, and has been voted Australia’s most liveable city. These superlatives are not a joke! Melbourne is a place of many cultures and subcultures, each of these bringing their own unique style and spirit of play. Melbournians are passionate about their city.

“Yet you won’t get to know Melbourne by just looking at its tourist attractions. You need to scratch the surface to experience the real thing. In the inner suburbs, like Fitzroy, Brunswick and Northcote, you find intimate cafes, bars, galleries and shops. These are the places of the local Melbourne music and art scene

To get a real feel for the city, visit the intimate cafes and designer shops in the lanes around Little Collins Street and Flinders Lane. For fine art, the National Galleries as well as countless local galleries will provide you with visual inspiration. If you are a sports fan, you need to go to a local Australian Rules Football game, or be seen at the Melbourne Cup or the Australian Open tennis. What Melbourne is for you, really depends on your area of interest.”

Whilst Melbourne no doubt requires no introduction to some, it is worth taking note of Brigitte’s suggestions that you need to scratch the surface slightly more than you might have done previously. Take her recommendations to heart and perhaps next time you’ll be able to experience an altogether different Melbourne.