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How to Explore Melbourne Like a Local

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 27 September 2018 | Views [66]

This coastal city has a bustling centre with so much to see and do. But if you want to experience Melbourne like a true Aussie, you need to venture out to the city’s famous neighbourhoods. Each one has its own quirky charm, and great shops, restaurants and cafes waiting to be discovered. Here are some of the ways you can explore Melbourne like a local.

1. Avoid the hotels

One of the best parts of Melbourne travel is getting to know your surrounding area. The different neighbourhoods to choose from include the cool and arty Collingwood, the hipster and student-filled Fitzroy, Little Italy in Carlton, beautiful Brunswick with its chic boutiques and galleries, the foodie heaven of Footscray, stylish Prahran, multicultural Windsor, and the culinarily diverse Richmond. Skip the central hotel and book an Airbnb instead.

2. Get groceries at a market

Melbourne is a market city, so if you’ve opted for self-catering (wise choice), be sure to pick up your groceries from a food market where locals get fresh ingredients. Aussies are into their health and fitness, so cooking from scratch is a must. Visit The Fitzroy Mills for the local farmers’ market, Preston Market for the cheapest food deals, or Dandenong Market for international spices and flavours.

3. Enjoy brunch

Breakfast and brunch are considered to be social occasions in Melbourne, and there are cute cafes and cool dining venues across every neighbourhood to choose from. You’ll find everything from healthy to boozy, and the best cafe culture around. Here are some of the best brunch spots to check out if you want to rub shoulders with locals.

4. Hop on a tram

If you want an authentic experience, ditch the Ubers and jump on a tram instead. The tram is a popular way to move around the city, and every Melburnian owns a Myki card. It’s one of the easiest tram systems to use, and you can download the TramTRACKER app to check where your ride is in real time. The Smart City Index ranks Melbourne as the 10th most progressive city for smart technology, with transport receiving heavy investment for the future. Getting around is convenient, and some tram zones are completely free.

5. Drink at a cosy pub

Some of the city’s best drinking spots are tucked away in unexpected places. Places only local residents know about. So if you’re looking for a cosy pub away from hoards of tourists, take a walk down the backstreets, in laneways and alleyways, or look up to the rooftops. From serving drinks and the best Kangaroo steak in historic buildings (Napier Hotel) to throwing parties in shipping containers (Section 8), you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a good place to let your hair down.

6. Go to a secret beach

St Kilda and Brighton Beach are a must if you’re a tourist. But head to the other side of Port Phillip Bay if you prefer jumping rocks and rugged ocean views over loud music and multi-coloured beach umbrellas. This is where the locals come at the weekend, and Pearses Beach is one of their favourites.

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