Welcome to Melbourne

City description  

Nowhere else in the world is multiculturalism quite so striking as it is in cosmopolitan Melbourne. It lives and breathes through the chic old Victorian and Edwardian houses of Carlton, from the Italian quarter to Chinatown – one of the oldest Chinese neighbourhoods in the world – via the Neo-Gothic St Paul’s Cathedral, only a stone’s throw away from the chic Parisian atmosphere of Collins Street.

Despite its skyscrapers, Melbourne's architecture and mood is imbued with the intrinsic magic of a town in Old Europe located right in the middle of Oceania. Seen from the suspended glass cube of Eureka Skydeck 88, Melbourne stretches out beyond the port to the mouth of the Yarra River, which crosses the city, crying out to the State’s immense expanses of wilderness. However, it is from the open sea that boats arrived from around the world, sailing in to Port Phillip Bay, attracted by the call of the gold rush. As you can learn within the fantastic Melbourne Museum, this precious ore helped to build Victoria’s capital city. Still today, for many, Melbourne epitomises the essence of the Australian legend.

Melbourne is also home to a rich and diverse gastronomic melting pot, where you can find an abundance of delicious seafood, fresh produce and delicacies sold in local markets such as the Queen Victoria Market. Melbourne chefs, including Ben Shewry and Shannon Bennett, are some of the most talented in the world, exalting Australian cuisine with true flair in the city’s fancy eateries, chic restaurants and secret coffee bars, hidden away in the labyrinth of famous laneways, the city’s typical narrow alleyways. The old façades of the city’s most famous laneways, Hosier Lane and Flinders Lane, boast stunning frescos of urban art, demonstrating the intense artistic life that can be found in Melbourne, Sydney’s rival for the coveted title of the capital of culture. Southbank is the epicentre of this spirit, brought to life by concerts, plays and exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria. On the other side of the Yarra, there’s the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), then Fitzroy. The former working-class district is now fashionable, with its buzzing nightlife and bohemian culture, which runs through the designer shops on Brunswick Street, its main thoroughfare. Locals really know how to live here, as you can see from the chic style of its malls, such as the Chadstone Shopping Centre or the Emporium Melbourne, the new temple of luxury.
Melburnians celebrate their food, cinema, art and music at every opportunity, including at the White Night, one of the city’s many festivals. Melbourne also hosts major sporting events, including the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Tennis Open and the Australian Grand Prix. But in the stands of the Docklands or MCG stadium, it’s cricket and football that gets the blood pumping and the cheers going at the Boxing Day Test and AFL matches.
Despite all of this buzz, Melbourne also knows how to relax and take it easy, living up to its reputation as the nicest city in the world, where it’s all about outdoor living. Large urban parks, such as the Birrarung Marr, the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Zoo, with its koalas and kangaroos, or St Kilda Beach remind you that the vibrant and fascinating great outdoors is right on your doorstep in Melbourne.

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Cutler & Co.

With an industrial-chic setting within a former metal works factory in Fitzroy, Cutler & Co. is a modern fine dining restaurant by chef Andrew McConnell which reflects his passion for exceptional and often unusual produce.


The Press Club

Showcasing mesmerising designer interiors by Melbourne-based March Studio, The Press Club is the upscale restaurant of celebrity chef, George Calombaris, who reinvents Greek cuisine into bold, surprising flavours and highly artistic presentations.



A dining institution in Melbourne, Movida is a fun and vibrant Spanish restaurant where you can drop by for a tapas snack or stay for a long and indulgent meal. We also recommend their other popular Melbourne eateries, Movida Aqui and Movida Next Door.


Cumulus Inc. & Cumulus Up

Set within a stylish dining space in Flinders Lane, Melbourne's art and fashion precinct, Cumulus Inc. is the smash-hit, all-day eatery of chef Andrew McConnell which is ideal for a quick coffee, a light meal or an all-out indulgent feast. Sample the excellent wine list at the in-house Cumulus Up wine bar.


Ding Dong

The legendary Ding Dong underground live music bar in Melbourne’s Chinatown is a favourite of music lovers and famous rock bands alike, who come to jam and party the night away.



Hidden away in a laneway in Melbourne’s city center, the award-winning Tonka restaurant by Executive Chef, Adam D’Sylva and Head Chef, Michael Smith captures the magic of India and the Orient through its striking interior design and menu.


Vue de Monde

One of the most celebrated restaurants in Australia, chef Shannon Bennett’s Vue de Monde will take you on a highly memorable culinary journey on the 55th floor of Melbourne’s stunning Rialto Towers skyscraper.


Toby's Estate

Situated within the stately Customs House in Melbourne’s Central Business District, Toby’s Estate cafe immerses its guests into the world of coffee; from the beans picked on the Toby Estate plantation in Panama, to its cutting-edge Brew Bar. Settle in and sample their unique, three-process single origin coffee while sampling their delicious breakfast dishes, light meals and sweet treats.


Seven Seeds

One of Melbourne’s most esteemed speciality roasters, Seven Seeds offers multiple coffee hotspots across Melbourne, from their warehouse roastery café to Brother Baba Budan, where a medley of vintage chairs are suspended from the ceiling along with bare lightbulbs. Try the superb house blend or opt for the single-origin espresso-of-the-day.


Sensory Lab

Dedicated to helping coffee-lovers discover their perfect blend, the Sensory Lab offers two central Melbourne locations. The sommeliers of the coffee world, the Sensory Lab’s baristas are happy to share their expertise about coffee beans and brewing methods to help you find your ultimate brew. Embark on this coffee voyage surrounded by like-minded connoisseurs.


Felt Restaurant

One of Melbourne’s celebrated restaurants by Chef André Christian E. Dulay situated in the Hotel Lindrum Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel, Felt Restaurant’s intimate atmosphere and inventive seasonal fare has gained a loyal following of guests and locals alike. Elegantly sophisticated, Felt is a modern bistro nestled within an original Melbourne landmark – a former billiards hall; the restaurant takes its name from the classic green felt of the famous billiards table glimpsed from the dining room. From the comfort of the stylish leather banquettes, enjoy the signature braised beef short rib infused with nong tea, then indulge in the sumptuous Lavender parfait for dessert to discover how Felt continues to win the heart of Melbournites.  



Located on the 35th floor of the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, No35 offers unparalleled views of downtown Melbourne coupled with the refined cuisine of Chef Martin Horsley. Floor to ceiling windows offer jaw-dropping urban vistas, where gleaming grey marble and contemporary artworks complete the modern classic scene. Arrive at sunset to see the city’s lights sparkle into life as guests enjoy Chef Horsley’s latest seasonal creations – think twice cooked pork belly, whipped ricotta soufflé and whole fried baby snapper. Sundays are spent in style at No35, when brunch is served with a crisp glass of sparkling wine.

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Melbourne • Australia

Hotel Lindrum Melbourne - MGallery by Sofitel

The property is a stylish boutique Melbourne hotel featuring 59 hotel accommodat...


Melbourne • Australia

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins is at the Paris end of Collins Street, in the heart...


When to go

Melbourne is a great city to visit all year around, since it offers a temperate climate without extremes of temperatures. Since it is located in the south hemisphere, the coldest months are June, July and August with an average temperature of 10°C and the hottest months are December to March with temperatures superior to 20°C (but temperatures can climb up to 30°C).
The best time to visit Melbourne is from November to April, when the temperatures are warm with an average minimum temperature of 20° Celsius.
The average number of rainy days is high in Melbourne compared with Sydney. Rainfalls are generally at their highest from April to September.

Melbourne annual calendar

  • Jan

    Australian Open Tennis, mid to late January

  • Fev

    White Night Melbourne, mid-February

  • Mar

    Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, early to mid-March

  • Apr

    Anzac Day, commemorative ceremonies, 25th of April

  • May

    Melbourne International Jazz Festival, late May to early June

  • Jun

    Winter Night Market, from early June to late August

  • Jul

    Melbourne International Film Festival, late July to early August

  • Aug

    Good Food and Wine Show, early August

  • Sep

    Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, late August to early September

  • Oct

    Melbourne Marathon Festival, mi-octobre

  • Nov

    Melbourne Cup Carnival, horse racing, early November

  • Dec

    The Big Design Market, early December

Travel transportation


Transportation is easy to organise in Melbourne and includes a wide range of methods of transportation, including: local cabs, private car services, rental car, trains, tram, buses, bikes and ferries.
Melbourne’s metro is a very convenient way to travel between Melbourne (Flinders Street Station) and its suburbs. Most trains operate from 5am to midnight. The city loop is Melbourne’s underground system, with 5 stations linking with the Central Business District (CBD).
Melbourne is also the only city in Australia which operates a network of trams, a great way to enjoy the city and areas such as St Kilda and South Yarra. Services run regularly from 5am to midnight.
The myki smartcard pass is very convenient when travelling on Melbourne’s trains, trams and buses. You can purchase it online, at major train stations and retail outlets. A full fare myki card costs $6.
Keep in mind that when driving in Melbourne, you must drive on the left side of the road.


According to the Victoria Taxi Council, there are more than 3.700 yellow taxis in Melbourne. Taxis can be hailed on the street, found at taxi ranks or booked in advance through one of the numerous Melbourne taxi company.
The initial charge is AUD$ 3,20 and add AUD$ 1,62 for each kilometer. Some additional charges may apply. Credit cards are usually accepted, with an additional charge fee.

getting to & from the airport

Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is located 23 kilometers from the city center. Expect a 30-40 minutes journey and a fare of AUD$60 (depending upon traffic and the time of day).
Metered taxis are available and private transfers can be arranged at the airports.
Since there are no direct trains from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to the city center, another convenient transport option is the Sky Bus Express, which runs 24 hours, 7 days a week, from the airport to the city center for $18 (Southern Cross Station).

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