Melbourne is easily one of my top 10 places to visit (yes not Sydney, I know there is always competition between the two but I guess I’m team Melbourne). Where to begin, firstly I am a huge foodie and coffee lover and there is no place better to try the best coffee in the world than Melbourne.
Melbourne’s espresso culture stretches back more than half a century. People say, “It’s not like the coffee in Italy,” and it’s true. Italian taste has stayed pretty static. Italian roasters still add robusta to their espresso blends, and it’s inner-tube sweetness gives Italian espresso its distinctive quality. Melbourne prefers 100 per cent arabica, and that’s reflected in the flavours here.Melbourne is at the cutting edge of sourcing, roasting and brewing specialty coffee, with filter-style brews and single origin espresso on many cafe menus. We regularly make the list of the world’s best coffee cities – on CNN, Huffington Post, Lifehack, BBC Travel – but they’re just telling us something we already know.
Therefore coffee here has become a part of the Melbourne culture, it unites people within their communities and has quickly become a way of life.
The retail and creative culture here is also world known. With endless store fronts, down laneways, up malls or in underground arcades, there are quirky unique stores everywhere! Therefore if you are a retail junkie like me, it is heaven!!
The ever-evolving shopping choices make it possible to create a different shopping spree every time you venture out, whether you’re after high fashion or fine art, jewellery or accessories, homewares or stationery. The city’s myriad laneways and arcades harbour untold gems, inner city precincts spoil you for choice, while department stores and shopping centres continue to raise the bar.
The city’s passion for fashion is a serious matter, a fact not overlooked by international retail giants looking to establish Australian outposts, and local designers keen on getting a strong start.
If you are thinking of visiting the famous Australian capital check out the following articles for the best retail and cafe streets in the heart of Melbourne.