Melbourne: Europe minus the 24 hour travel.

by blanca arcayos

Once the semester is finished and June rolls around, it seems every person deserts Australia for the winter and trades it in for a European summer. So, what happens when your friends have left you to fend for yourself? Go to Melbourne! I believe it was a Real Housewives of Melbourne member who said that ‘Melbourne is the Paris of Australia’. When Melbourne is only a short flight and several hundreds of dollars cheaper, why not? The small but also crucial thing you’re missing out on is the sunshine, as Melbourne is famous for its brutal winters. But, it’s something to do whilst you’re on uni holidays that’s not binge watching the same TV show again.

Do
National Gallery of Victoria
It would be rude not to get cultured whilst you’re in Melbourne. If you have already been then you can understand why it’s a must for first-timers. There’s always an interesting exhibition on and new additions to the gallery. Whether your taste is Monet, Picasso, or Rothko there’s something for everyone in the gallery as they have a range of classical and modern artwork. Even if visual art isn’t really your thing, I suggest you go for a stroll as you never know what you might find. I always seem to return every time I go to Melbourne so it’s worth a trip.

 Source:  Jagonal

Source: Jagonal

Eat
Flinders Lane
Some would say Melbourne is the gastronomic capital of Australia. When it comes to international food, you’re spoiled for choice. There are several multicultural precincts around the city such as the Italian precinct on Lygon Street and the famous Chinatown on Little Bourke Street. But, if you’re not looking to commit to a cuisine just yet, I’d suggest making your way to Flinders Lane where you will find a range of restaurants all packed into European-esque alleyways. Another European touch, you can smoke in the alfresco areas of restaurants.

 Source:  Culture Trip

Source: Culture Trip

Shop
Chapel Street
Chapel Street is a main road that stretches over multiple suburbs of South Yarra and Prahran. This street is renowned as a shopping district. Even if shopping is not really your thing, Chapel Street is still worth a visit for a coffee and a stroll. Whether your taste is high end or vintage there is something for you. The main strip of Chapel Street features well known brands like Sass & Bide, General Pants Co, and Glassons. This shopping district is also filled with op shops and vintage stores. You can find vintage store, Secondo in the main section of Chapel Street. But, if you’re looking for cheap finds you can find a big Salvo’s store on the southern end of Chapel Street towards Windsor.

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Blanca is our Editorial Manager at Maidenhair Press who helps with the behind-the-scenes of the magazine. She also sometimes dabbles in writing. She is currently a university student at QUT and in her spare time loves watching movies.