Melbourne is well known for its creativity in the arts from sell-out theatre productions to music gigs and commissioned street art. It certainly pays to get out of the city centre to explore the multitude of districts and see what they have to offer and there really is no reason not to with several different free buses and trams crisscrossing around the city.
On the first day I took the tram 30 minutes out to North Coburn to Sydney Road which is meant to be a haven for clothes shopping at bargain prices. Whilst I found nothing of the sort it was nice to explore the neighbourhood which had a strong Middle eastern influence. I found a charming greek cafe which offered up the most delicious bacon and caramelised onion pie finished off with toasted banana bread! Back in the centre there is an abundance of coffee shops and restaurants most of which have the best produce on offer.
Melbourne is a city obsessed with coffee and it has even been coined as the coffee capital. There are specialist coffee hotspots everywhere giving customers a chance to sip everything from flat whites to cups of 'magic.'
With a tasty takeaway vanilla latte in hand I went off to find Hosier Lane which is an example of unique expressions of art. A small side street like many others, Hosier Lane distinguishes itself as an approved outdoor location for legalised artwork with every inch of wall covered in multicoloured somewhat trippy designs ranging from the creative to the religious. There are even envelopes stuck to the walls with heartwarming refreshing memos inside.
That evening I took a walk across town to the Fitzroy suburb where art galleries, boutiques and bookstores are nestled side on with bars, cafes and pubs. It was the location of a street projection festival where 35 sites ranging from green spaces within a park to high rise buildings were illuminated with colourful artistic interpretations. Even the rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the visitors and locals alike enjoying creativity splashed across contrasting settings.