“Melbourne is not a city to see; it’s a city to do,” says Rebecca Kinsella on the Matador Network. “During summer, one of my favourite things to do is pack a picnic and a bottle of wine, and head to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Here you can catch an outdoor play or pull up a beanbag at the Moonlight Cinema. Also, check out the twilight openings at the Queen Victoria Market to shop and sample international dishes, or join the locals and kick back with a barbecue and beer on the banks of the Yarra River.”
Here are Rebecca’s tips for living like a local: Do pronounce it Mel-buhn (or Mel-behn) … don’t dress for the weather … don’t buy into the Sydney v Melbourne debate … do go windsurfing … shopping in the street … and try a flat white.
“Melburnians live under the heavy paradox of being caustically aware of their own tendency to hipsterdom,” writes AWOL, “while being completely willing to abandon any care of what people think about that when it comes to finding the best cold drip, single origin long black.” Here are ten of the most ‘Melbourne’ things to do, courtesy of AWOL.