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Saturday, Sep 6, 2014

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24 hours in Melbourne

AsiaOne | Saturday, Sep 6, 2014

STRUGGLING: Some international students have been queueing for free meals organised by the Salvation Army in Melbourne for the homeless.

SINGAPORE - Melbourne is the capital of Victoria. It is also the second most populous city in Australia.

For its locals, Melbourne is a popular choice for a holiday and the city is a representation of Australia's culture.

Melbourne is also accommodates many people globally and this can be seen in many restaurants which have an international palate of food in its cuisines.

A scenic place, Melbourne has mountain ranges like Dandenong and the Yarra River towards Yarra Valley. The modern architecture of Melbourne is also something unique from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

James Ridenour, Chief Concierge of InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto and Assistant Secretary General of Les Clef d'Or, gives a 24 hour Insider Itinerary with the most exciting things to do in this amazing city.

In the morning, visitors can sip fragrant coffee in nice Melbourne coffee cafes which the city is proud of.

One such place is The Cup of Truth in Degraves Street which is one of the best cafes in Melbourne to have coffee. The bonus is that one gets to decide the price of the coffee and pay according to one's feel of how much it is worth.

Thereafter, one can also appreciate the graffiti in the city at the end of Centre Place. The interesting Fitzroy and Collingwood should not be missed too. They are two of Melbourne's most trendy neighbourhoods with many Bohemian shops and cafes.

Gertrude and Brunswick Streets are ideal for shopping. Avid readers or antique lovers will also be intrigued in Fitzroy, which sells goods from the 1950s.

For lunch, one has a selection of many eateries such as The Commoner (modern British), St Crispin (modern Australian) and Trippy Taco.

Art galleries can also be found in Collingwood. Some of which include the James Makin Gallery and Port Jackson Press.

More shopping can also be done in the city centre, which has a lively shopping scene. Luxurious products can be found at Bourke Street Mall and on Collins Street.

The new Emporium Melbourne is also a big mall worth exploring. Emporium Melbourne food cafe also has a big range of upmarket food from many famous chefs in Australia.

After dinner, one can take a ride on the award-winning Melbourne Star observation wheel, which gives a stunning view of the city. One can also watch live fireworks every Friday. Single tickets cost AUD$32 (S$37) for adults.

For a chill night out and to complete the day, a short and casual walk to City Wine Shop on Spring Street is worth it for wine lovers. It has quality wines from Victoria, Australia and Europe.

Those who love cocktails can also try Murmur, which serve interesting concoctions like the Chocolate Chilli Martini.

stephluo@sph.com.sg

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