So, you've just hit down in Melbourne or Sydney, where will you go first? Here are suggestions for places to come after visiting these cities. From the best coffee shops, attractions, shopping, art galleries and beaches, this list will help you decide which city to go to first.
Melbourne: Any Australian who drinks caffeine will tell you that Melbourne's baristas are the best in business, and although many cafes are serving quality coffee, one of the most famous is Market Lane, which has been brewing seasonal, single origin coffee since 2009 in South Yarra.
Address: Market Lane Coffee, Shop 13, Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Sydney: From the guys who brought you Coffee Alchemy come to an inner-city café located in the Strand Arcade. Gumption serves single origin coffee and lattes, and you can even get a bag of beans home.
Address: Gumption, Shop 11, The Strand Arcade, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Melbourne: Located nearby to one another, Flinders Street Station and Swanston Street Federation Square offer Melbourne's contrasting views. Flinders Street Station is French Renaissance's style, while over Swanston Street Federation Square is a 21st-century example of deconstructivist design.
Address: Corner of Flinders and Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Sydney: Two of the most iconic constructions in the world are located in Sydney and are a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House are located on the picturesque harbor and together provide one of the most beautiful architectural views in Australia.
Address: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Melbourne: With views of the Yarra River, Southgate is a restaurant, shopping, and entertainment district in Melbourne. Home to some of the best hotels and restaurants in the city, as well as Crown Casino and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Southgate is a bustling area both during the day and at night.
Address: Southgate, Southbank, Victoria, Australia
Sydney: In Sydney's western suburbs is the most famous entertainment district in the city, Darling Harbor, with the Sydney Entertainment Center, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Star Casino, the Aquarium of Sydney as well as several other attractions, restaurants, and hotels.
Address: Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Melbourne: Take a step back inside Australia's oldest surviving entertainment district, the Royal Arcade, and explore unique shops and cafes. Located nearby is the heritage Arcade Block featuring Melbourne's Hopetoun teahouse and Golden Mile heritage walk.
Address: Royal Arcade, 335 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Block Arcade, 282 Collins St, Block Arcade Studios, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Sydney: Housing design brands including Alex Perry and Manning Cartel; the restored Victorian-style Strand Arcade is located at Pitt Street Mall and George Street. Also located on George Street is Queen Victoria Building, with underground palaces, a mechanical Royal Clock and four shopping floors.
Address: Strand Arcade, 412-414 George St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Queen Victoria Building, 455 George St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Melbourne: When opened in 2006, the Eureka Tower is the tallest residential building in the world. Skydeck on the 88th floor offers 360-degree views, and brave travelers can step out to a glass block called The Edge, where you hang 300 meters above the ground.
Address: Eureka Tower, 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Sydney: The highest structure in Sydney is the 309-meter Sydney Tower, which opened in 1981. Accessible through Pitt Street Mall, visitors take the elevator to the observation deck called Sydney Tower Eye and a panoramic view of this city.
Address: Sydney Tower Eye, 100 Market St, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Melbourne: Take the tram six km south-east to St Kilda and take a stroll along the 700-meter coastline and see cruise ships, including Spirit of Tasmania, sail in and out. Watersports, including windsurfing, jet skiing, and sailing, are very popular here.
Address: St Kilda Beach, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia
Sydney: Just seven kilometers east of Sydney, Bondi Beach attracts tens of thousands of people every year. A beautiful stretch of sand stretches over a kilometer has appeared on TV shows including Bondi Rescue, Bondi Vet, and Modern Family.
Address: Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Melbourne: Founded in 1861, Victoria's National Gallery is home to 73,000 artworks including Tom Roberts' Shearing the Rams, as well as works by Cézanne, Picasso and Rembrandt and native artists. NGV also has a spectacular stained-glass roof.
Address: NGV, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Sydney: New South Wales's The Art Gallery was established in 1874 and featured Australian, European and Asian artwork, including pieces from artists such as Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Monet, and Van Gogh.
Address: Art Gallery NSW, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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