I have lived in Melbourne most of my life, so to me, it is the best city in the world. Melbourne is the arts and culture capital of Australia. Whilst it doesn't have the stunning harbour of Sydney or the Great Barrier Reef, it has a charm all of its own.
The best way to see Melbourne is by foot. Here is my suggestion of how to spend a day in Melbourne.
Wander through the small alleys in the CBD, as it is there that you will find the real Melbourne. Hosier Lane, just off Flinders Street, is one of my favourites. With artwork covering its brick walls, cobblestoned streets and Movida, a fabulous Spanish restaurant, the likes of Banksy have graced this street.
When you need a break, pop into Degraves Street for a coffee. Just take your pick from the many open air coffee shops that line the alley. Take your time, relax and just people watch. This is Melbourne, there is no need to rush.
Nearby is the National Gallery of Victoria, which always has interesting exhibitions from Australia and around the world. From the gallery you can either catch a tram or walk down St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance. Located at the end of the world famous boulevard, the Shrine is surrounded by the lovely Botanical Gardens.
Next jump on the Number 16 tram to the beachside suburb of St Kilda. Get out when you see the big mouth of Luna Park and take a ride on the scenic railway. Wander down Acland Street, perhaps even have a cake at one of the European bakeries. Then walk to Fitzroy St and stop at Barney Allen's for a drink and bite to eat.
From here you can either take a tram or taxi back into the city. If you aren't quite ready for bed yet, then go to The Melbourne Supper Club for a quiet drink overlooking Parliament House.
This grand old Hotel has a gorgeous view over Treasury Gardens.
The MCG needs no introduction. This is Australia's premier cricket ground and also host to AFL matches and music events.
Popular for its jogging track and lovely gardens, the Botanical garden is also just a short tram ride from the city centre.
Nothing beats the Espy for some good old fashioned pub rock.
A lovely art gallery set amongst the gardens. Close to the city, but yet it feels a million miles away.
Middle Eastern Food at its best. The Soufra is a must try.
This Italian restaurant is an institution in Melbourne and rightly so. Either dine in their restaurant upstairs, or grab a quick bowl of pasta downstairs.
For good wine and a rather regal atmosphere, nothing beats The Melbourne Supper Club for a late night drink.
This has to be the best Spanish restaurant in town. Perfect for a romantic dinner.
A great, relaxed bar to have a few drinks and enjoy a good meal.
Excellent italian food in a warm and cosy environment, great for a cold winter's night
Flinders Street Station is an iconic Melbourne Building. It is also conveniently located opposite Federation Square.
A great place for a coffee or a quick sandwich. Also perfect for people watching.
A memorial to those who fought for Australia.
A fun adventure and theme park, great for people of any age.