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Explore City Of Melbourne – A Contemporary Journey of Great Experience

Melbourne is a wonderfully stylish city offering an eclectic blend of culture, fashion, food and entertainment. Enjoy street musicians, classical theatre, exotic Chinatown and amazing shopping sprees.

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Shopping

Shopping

Now that Christmas is around the corner Melbourne is a buzz with great bargains. The following list deals with marvellous venues for a leisurely browse whether in the city for Christmas or any other season. Blender Lane Artist Market – for the artsy lovers, looking out for handmade trinkets, textiles and soothing vibes of live music while you shop. The Big Design Market is a shopper’s paradise offering anything and everything accompanied with loads of food and drink stalls. Explore the city and discover the magic of Mayer, Docklands and ever popular Queen Victoria Market for a complete shopping spree.

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Vue de Monde

Vue de Monde

A not to be missed dining experience when in Melbourne, this infamous restaurant run by Chef Shannon Bennet offers the finest French cuisine with a modern Australian twist in unimaginable Aussy settings. Sit at genuine Kangaroo hide covered tables, breathe in the exotic fragrance of Banksia and love the eccentric Tasmanian stone cutlery holders. The Vue de Monde is located within the old observation deck of the Rialto Towers offering stunning views across the city. Remember to book in advance to avoid disappointment and also to check out the Café Vue and Bistro Vue for more economical dining options.

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The Buskers of Melbourne

The Buskers of Melbourne

There’s never a dull moment with this talented bunch, the buskers of Melbourne consist of street musicians, magicians, acrobat artists, living statues and the very talented balloon animal makers. Every street corner is an entertainment venue, wander around Bourke Street, Swanston Street, Federation Square and Southbank and you will be stunned by the variety of talent. Catch an amazing Didgeridoo musical act watch the deft fingers of Balloon artist twist and turn bubbles of balloon into your favourite characters or hang around for the acoustic talents of the street musicians, all in all the live entertainment and bustling streets add to the excitement and wonder that is Melbourne.

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The Melbourne Theatre Company - MTC

The Melbourne Theatre Company - MTC

If you are on a family vacation in Melbourne a show at the MTC is a must, established in 1953 this is Australia’s oldest professional theatre which puts out up to 12 very impressive performances every season. If you are enjoying the comforts and convenience of Melbourne family accommodation right within the city, catching a classy act at the MTC is a breeze while the Melbourne Recital Centre, Australian Ballet and Arts Centre and Malthouse Theatre are other entertainment venues you can easily access from the comfort of you city holiday apartment, such as Oaks On Market.

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Birrarung Marr

Birrarung Marr

This is a verdant haven of grassy hillocks, river side walkways and gorgeous flora and fauna. Adding to the colourful riot of gardens and parks in the city the Birrarung Marr offers stunning views of the river and surroundings. If you love nature this is the spot to absorb all that is good, do head over to the Melbourne Cricket Grounds (MCG) from here across the ‘Talking Bridge – William Barak’. You will be treated to Melbourne’s wonderful blend of cultural variety along the way in the form of songs, sounds and words.

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Melbourne Dining

Melbourne Dining

Step into any shopping mall food court in Melbourne and you are at a world summit for food. That’s right folks the array is mind boggling from Chinese to Mexican the variety will leave you stunned for choice. And now that Christmas is around the corner the city is gearing up with even more goodies, The German Christmas Market will satisfy all sweet tooth cravings while Chinatown is a mix of Taiwanese teas and desserts of crushed ice and grass jellies compete with the Asian versions of Milo with pearl sago. Enjoy the Yuletide at restaurants offering gorgeous views across the city try out a steaming basket of dumplings or head out for that early morning champagne breakfast and invigorating hot air balloon ride, the choice is endless when in Melbourne.