The Ultimate Moving To Melbourne Guide to Becoming a Local
It is no secret that Melbourne has been crowned the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’ on more than one occasion. For locals, it is easy to see why. Melbourne is a city where good food, shopping, art and culture can be found at every turn – if you know where to look.
But what if you are not a local? The thought of hidden alleyway cafes or unmarked bar doors is likely to seem a little daunting to newcomers. The truth is, navigating your way, and getting lost, through Melbourne is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the city’s rich culture.
Moving to Melbourne? Read On To Discover The Local Secrets!
Whether you are still in the planning stages or you have already made the move, finding your feet in Melbourne by knowing the ins and outs, will have you feeling like one of the locals in no time.
Becoming familiar with the Melbourne’s City food scene
Melbourne is undoubtedly the home of some of the most prestigious restaurants, many of which are run by celebrity chefs and have earned themselves a strong reputation with the locals. Familiarising yourself with the most known and even lesser known foodie hot spots will make moving to Melbourne feel like home.
Upon your arrival to Melbourne, you will face no challenge finding a place to dine. From fine dining to something quick and easy, there are options to suit everyone and all occasions. Some of the most popular places to eat can be found lining the banks of the Yarra River, located near the city’s centre.
Dine at St Kilda Beach
A short, 20 minute tram from the city centre will bring you to the shores of St Kilda, which is a go-to destination for locals and tourists alike. Although the area is best known for its iconic Luna Park, you will be pleasantly surprised to find an array of restaurants are also within close proximity. Acland Street, The Esplanade, and Fitzroy Street provide a buzzing atmosphere with exceptional meals.
Throughout the weekend, beach front restaurants like Beachcomber and Republica are the perfect destination to enjoy a tranquil ocean view while enjoying some of the best food St Kilda has to offer.
Discovering North Melbourne
When moving to Melbourne, familiarise yourself with Brunswick street, another local favourite food destination. Brunswick Street is best known for its abundance of specialty cafes and its eclectic community, which is reflected in these food spots. One of the local favourites is Vegie Bar, as the name suggests, this quirky establishment serves an array of vegan and vegetarian dishes inspired by cuisines found around the world.
Make the Most of Melbourne’s Markets
If you are moving to Melbourne and you prefer to cook at home, it pays to know where to get the best and freshest produce. Look no further than Queen Victoria Market. The market boasts a vast selection of fruit, vegetables, meat, bread and much more. Open every day except Monday and Wednesday, you will be hard pressed to find a local who isn’t familiar with Queen Victoria Market’s 130 year reputation.
Melbourne’s Best Shopping Destinations
Melbourne is home to many incredible shopping destinations where you are bound to find anything you could ever need. However, it is important to know Melbourne shopping is not all one in the same.
For people moving to Melbourne who prefer a boutique shopping experience, Chapel Street is the perfect destination to get your hands on some one of a kind pieces. The street spans 3 km with a mix of independent Australian retailers alongside well known international brands. Fortunately, there are cafes and bars staggered throughout the strip, allowing you to rest your legs and revive with a quick meal.
For a more commercial shopping experience, it is well worth the journey out of the city to Chadstone, coined – ‘The Fashion Capital’. With recent multi-million dollar renovations and hundreds of new stores added, Chadstone has gained a cult following from Melbourne fashionistas as one of the local hot spots.
If you seek a more rustic shopping experience, you will enjoy the eclectic selection of products available at one of Melbourne’s hidden shopping gems, Camberwell Market. This is a marketplace hidden away in the leafy eastern suburb of Camberwell, with a serious stallholder waiting list over a month long. Known for its regular stallholders who have become the market’s familiar faces, casual stallholders can also host their own set up in the hopes of making some cash off their unwanted belongings. If you are looking for something unexpected, you will find it at Camberwell market.
Explore Melbourne’s Street Art Culture
After moving to Melbourne you will soon learn that many of the city’s alley walls are rich with art. Melbourne is known by the locals as a city where there is always something on, or something to see to make you feel inspired.
A local street art hotspot is Hosier Lane, and when moving to Melbourne you probably wouldn’t even realise what a big part the laneways plays in this city’s cultural character. Hosier lane is known for its ever changing graffiti lined walls and there is always something unique to be found here, as well as some of Melbourne’s best known restaurants including MoVida.
When moving to Melbourne, make yourself aware that the best and most iconic pieces of art can be found in public places. Melbournians are all too familiar with the ‘Three Business Men’ statue Alison Weaver and Paul Quinn found at the corner of Bourke and Swanston Street. The city centre is laden with art installations – you just have to be on the lookout.
The Best of Melbourne’s Galleries and Museums
Melbourne boasts a multitude of art galleries throughout the city and expanding to the outer suburbs. Make some time to ensure you get a chance to visit some of the best Melbourne has to offer.
The most famous Melbourne gallery is the National Gallery of Victoria, or as the locals know it, the NGV. The gallery’s reputation is based on its long standing history, being Australia’s oldest public art gallery. It boasts an impressive selection of local and international art, and is often host to ‘after dark’ events.
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