We spent last weekend in Melbourne; it was my first time there. An unfortunate stroke of luck meant I was on my own for much of the weekend, but I managed to have a good enough time for two.

Melbourne’s feels different from Sydney. It’s not right on a harbour. It’s a newer city, and is laid out on a grid with lots of trams that make it very easy to get around. The main action of bars and restaurants is right in the city centre, whereas Sydney’s is more distributed. And there’s more older architecture mixed in with the new: many of the tiny lanes and shopping arcades are indistinguishable from continental Europe. There seems to be more of an outdoor cafe culture, too.

I visited some great food markets, rode the trams, explored the back streets, went out for an awesome night of drinks and Sunday brunch with friends, wandered the Royal Botanic Gardens, and generally tried to find some shady spots. Melbourne seems to be a very relaxed city that’s very serious about going out to eat and drink and socialise, and those are things that are fine by me.

I’ll definitely be back.

You can check out some photos I took of the city on Flickr.


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