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Look Up, Step Out: Melbourne, Australia Comes to Life With the Arts, Coffee Shops, and More

Look Up, Step Out: Melbourne, Australia Comes to Life With the Arts, Coffee Shops, and More

While the discussions on this are endless, we won’t go debating on which city is better between Sydney and Melbourne. Certainly both cities have characteristics and various experiences to offer that are simply unique to them. So for now, let’s take a closer look at Anne Curtis’ hometown city—plus fun things to do when you’re in Melbourne.

Melbourne has always been known for its more laidback lifestyle, weekend food trucks, wine tastings, and lots of cultural events. While you get that old vibe feel from its 19th century structures, the city is very much alive with its colorful laneways and artsy coffee shops, bars, and restaurants.


Go for a run at the Royal Botanical Gardens. There’s a good reason why this is Anne’s favorite spot for either her morning or afternoon run. Not only is it scenic, it also doesn’t get too crowded. Over the Holy Week, Anne even brought here her favorite workout-slash-pigout buddy, Isabelle Daza.


View your most awaited movie at the Moonlight Cinema. Movies under the stars, why not? Bring your friends or your family for a night of movies, great vibe, and atmosphere at the outdoor cinema.


Feel like a kid again at Luna Park. With a mix of modern and old school rides and games, Luna Park has been open since 1912. Anne recommends riding the old Scenic Railway as a must.


Get cultured at the National Gallery of Victoria. Having housed many interesting shows in the past, the gallery just opened Andy Warhol–Ai Wei Wei’s exhibit. So whether you’re a fan or not, check out the place for a dose of your pop culture fix.


Take your best shot at Hosier Lane. Walk this way and be prepared for a burst of colors in various graffiti art perfect as artistic backdrop for your photos.


Marvel at the beauty of St. Kilda's sunset. Who says the nice beaches are only in Sydney?! If you thought so, too, then you’ll be proven wrong when you visit St. Kilda. Also, make no mistake to leave before sunset—you’ll know what we mean when you get there. 


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