"The Wonderful Melbourne" Personal Page by happy_journey
Melbourne is one of the world ¡s
most liveable and multicultural cities
The city of Melbourne,Australia known throughout the world for its vibance and sporting events like the 1956 olympic games,2006 commonwealth games,australian open tennis,world formula1grand pre and many other wonderful things. plenty of great scenery and exciting people.from the docklands,flinders street station,the melbourne cricket ground,the yarra river and other great locations to visit.
* Docklands - An entire new precinct filled with shops, bars, restaurants and a stadium with a waterside setting.
* Eureka Tower - Tallest residential building in the southern hemisphere, panoramic views of the whole of Melbourne.
* Parliament House of Victoria - The first seat of the Australian federal government, free tours are available on week days.
* Queen Victoria Market - Huge and colorful, fresh and dry produce and tonnes of souvenirs and other interesting things.
* State Library - Pretty good if you're into books, city architecture and free internet.
* AFL World - A great introduction to Australian Football .
* Southgate - Pretty promenade on the south bank of the Yarra, good restaurants, bars and a Sunday art & craft market.
* Federation Square - Modernistic but wonderful space to see Melburnians live life plus popular bars and tourist info centre.
* City Centre - Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD) and historical core north of the Yarra River, including the Southbank district immediately south of the Yarra and the new Docklands precinct to the west
* Albert Park - home of Melbourne's F1 Grand Prix circuit
* Carlton - traditional home of Melbourne's Italians and the University of Melbourne
* Collingwood - working class suburb with funky shopping on Smith Street
* Fitzroy - the Bohemian quarter filled with interesting restaurants
* Prahran - favourite shopping district with Chapel Street as its main attraction
* Richmond - North Richmond is Melbourne's Little Vietnam while the southern part of the district is famous for low price fashion outlets
* South Melbourne
* South Yarra - South of the river, with high-end shopping and dining, covers South Yarra and Toorak
* St Kilda - suburb on Port Philip Bay with its famous Sunday art market, many backpacker hostels and cafes. The closest thing to a red light district in Melbourne.
* Williamstown - old, maritime-styled suburb with many cafes
* Yarraville - quiet, inner-western suburb with well-preserved Victorian architecture and a funky, arty vibe
Little Collins Street is home to some of the world's top designers and fashion houses; Collins Street also boasts a Louis Vuitton outlet and other high end shops. Brunswick Street (Fitzroy), and the southern end of Chapel Street in Prahran/Windsor, have clusters of stores selling an eclectic mix of vintage, rave, retro and alternative gear.
Melbourne Central is another shopping mall based in the city, adjacent to the underground station of the same name. The Bourke Street Mall with the department stores Myer and David Jones is another city-central shopping hub.
"Australian cuisine" is a nebulous concept that may include traditional native foodstuffs and more modern cafe infusions of international influences. Items such a emu and kangaroo meat are unusual, and are most likely to be found only at the high-end fine dining restaurants as a specialty item.
Meat pies are available from many stores selling fish and chips.
High quality delicatessen style eating available in many of a cafes in the small lanes of central Melbourne. Many high quality deli style diners can be found outside the city, in Acland Street, St Kilda.
Chinese New Year celebratory salad
Chinese New Year celebratory salad
Chinese cuisine has a long tradition in Melbourne and a large number and range of quality restaurants exist. Many are in Chinatown in Little Bourke Street, City centre. They are also dotted through the inner and outer suburbs, with concentrations in Richmond, Footscray, and suburban Box Hill and Springvale.
Most of the food is from the Southern (Cantonese) school of cooking, although northern favourites like dumplings are also available. Eating dim sum, which is consumed either during breakfast or lunch (called yum cha or "drinking tea" in Cantonese) is an extremely popular Sunday pastime for Australians of all ethnic backgrounds.
Lonsdale Street in the City Centre is Melbourne's Greek precinct with bars, cafes and restaurants, and cake shops. Greek restaurants and food outlets can be found in Southbank, Sydney Road in Brunswick and Coburg.
Indian restaurants can be found throughout Melbourne, particularly in the city, North Melbourne, and inner eastern suburbs such as Richmond and Hawthorn. There are also numerous Indian snack bars in the city that serve cheap but tasty curries and samosas, cafeteria-style.
Nepalese food is also popular in Melbourne, and some restaurants feature both Nepalese and Indian cuisine on their menus. An increasing number of Indian restaurants offer home delivery.
The standard of Indian food is vastly inferior to Britain's numerous curry houses. The meat is often off cuts and served on the bone. You can also eat beef curry in many places. The curry houses are very dated and appear to be left behind in comparison with most trendy Melbourne eateries.
St Kilda East and Caulfield are home to vibrant Jewish communities and kosher bakeries and cafes abound most situated on Carlisle Street in Balaclava, Kooyong Road in Caulfield North and Glenhuntly Road in Elsternwick.
Malaysians and Singaporeans feeling homesick will find host of restaurants and foodcourt outlets offering items like roti canai/paratha, nasi lemak, prawn noodles, laksa. Many are in the City Centre; there are Malaysian restaurants scattered throughout Melbourne.
Lebanese, Moroccan, Arab and Turkish restaurants are concentrated in Sydney Road in Brunswick and Coburg to the north of the city centre. These restaurants can also be found in the outer suburbs that are home to those communities, including Dandenong.
Thai restaurants are ubiquitous in Melbourne: even dining precincts mostly known for Italian or Vietnamese food boast Thai restaurants.
Vegetarian food is widely available in Melbourne, and you can expect every restaurant or cafe to have a few vegetarian or vegan options. There are also many vegetarian restaurants: Vegie Bar in Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Gopals in Swanston St and Shakahari in Lygon St, Carlton are just some of the options. Crossways at 123 Swanston St. serves a very popular $5 all you can eat vegetarian lunch, Mon-Sat.
Melbourne's Little Vietnams are in Footscray, North Richmond and Springvale out in the far eastern suburbs. The streets in these areas are lined with pho (noodle) shops and restaurants offering other Vietnamese favourites. Many outlets have also appeared along Swanston Street in the City Centre.
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