How to Experience Life Like a Local in Melbourne

Sophia Chowdhury Melbourne Rooftop

Sophia Chowdhury of shares some of her favourite spots for anyone visiting this eclectic and energetic city.

Sophia Chowdhury Melbourne Bourke Street
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Where to Shop


Wear your comfiest sneakers. This is known as the largest shopping mall in the southern hemisphere. Choose from 500 stores with a mix of both Australian and international brands.

Where to Eat 


Melbourne is known for its coffee. Brunch and coffee is a definite must do and with so many cafes opening up on the regular you will have no trouble finding one. One of my favourite spots is Degraves Street with its eateries, coffee shops and pretty art deco architecture.


During a few months in the summer and winter, the Queen Vic Market opens up at night. It is a dream come true for foodies who can never decide on one type of dish that range from all around the globe.

Sophia Chowdhury Melbourne National Gallery of Victoria
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What to See


Melbourne is internationally renowned for its street art with many guided tours taking you through all of the hidden alleyways showcasing colourful wall art. Hosier Lane is a great place to start. The best thing about these streets is that they change every time you visit, so it feels like a new experience every time.

Sophia Chowdhury Melbourne Rooftop Bar

Where to Sip


Discovering bars around the city is one of my favourite things to do. Drinks are served from a shipping container bar while you chill out on wooden crates and feel all the good vibes from DJs.

How to Experience Life Like a Local in Melbourne - Image by Joshua San Scott
Image by Joshua San Scott
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