Top- Dotti (Au)
PHOTOGRAPHY// Abhinav Kodam
Location// Hosier Lane & Fed Square
It's astonishing how I stayed in Melbourne for 6 months and never made a list of all the places that I loved exploring. So here goes an attempt at being a true tourist:
2) National Gallery of Victoria: A place I've explored the most in the city, that eventually became my favourite. NGV houses art from around the country and the world that ignites every creative neuron in your brain. If you missed out on my previous post on NGV, click here.
3) Southbank: Want a stunning view of the beautiful Yarra River as you indulge in delicious food? Look no further, Southbank is here. With an array of restaurants and cuisines at your disposal, there's nothing more you could want.
4) Birrarung Marr: I discovered this little garden which is along the Yarra River and it's one of the most peaceful places in the city. Although it's often buzzing with joggers and dog-walkers, the beauty of the river and its surroundings force you to stop, sit down and take a moment to just breathe.
5) Night Market, Victoria Market: Every Wednesday, during summer, Victoria Market is buzzing with food, drinks, music and people. People from around the city join in to celebrate the different cuisines and culture that Melbourne has to offer.
6) IKEA: Although a strange inclusion on the list, I couldn't possibly ignore it. I've spent too much time at IKEA and every visit was new. It's a maze of interiors and art that consumes you.
7) St.Kilda Beach: Cycling down St.Kilda beach became one of my favourite activities in the city. In Melbourne you can hire bikes for as cheap as $3 for the entire day. You can find these bikes parked at popular spots in the city. But I should warn you, the excitement of cycling often takes you far ahead before you realise there's a long way back, which often leaves you exhausted.
8) Botanical Gardens: The tranquility of this magical garden often leaves one mesmerised. Right in the middle of the city, Botanical Gardens is the perfect place for picnics, relaxing, running or cycling. It's easy to get lost in the beauty of the garden often leading you to discover unknown trees and plants.