Virtuoso Voyages Directory - 2017-2018 - 216
Clockwise from top: Central business district; The Twelve Apostles,
Great Ocean Road; Sunset over Tidal River.
One of the world's happiest,
most livable cities
When you visit Melbourne, the first thing you notice is the relaxed joie de vivre of
its citizens. They enjoy a world-famous coffee culture, easy access to natural
beauty, and fantastic cultural offerings like the National Gallery of Victoria and the
While many city centers empty out as soon as the workday is over, the Central Business
District (CBD) has some of Melbourne's best restaurants and rooftop bars - plus, the
tram is free in the city center. The CBD is famous for its back laneways and arcades,
packed with seemingly hidden cafés and sidewalk tables, tiny shops, and teahouses
like Hopetoun Tea Rooms, the oldest in Melbourne.
On a beautiful day, don't miss the Royal Botanic Gardens, located on the banks of the
Yarra River - it is one of the most romantic settings in Melbourne. Other neighborhoods
worth visiting include Fitzroy (focus on Gertrude, Smith, and Brunswick streets),
Carlton for Italian pastries (visit Lygon Street), and the beach hamlet of Saint Kilda.