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What’s the cheapest way to enjoy this city at night?

It may not be dirt cheap but its a special Melbourne experience. Head to Eureka Skydeck on Southbank. Its 20AUD for an adult but they have deals for families, students, seniors and even for those who want to come back again the next day. The view from Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform is not to be missed atleast once.

What’s your favorite restaurant here? What’s so special about it?

Taing out of the box option I would pick one of Melbourne’s landmark laneways, Degraves St for its overall eating experience. Have the Melbourne coffee experience at Degraves Espresso and you can pick between a delicious Kangaroo burger at Perkup Burgers or an Italian meal at Il Tempo (Try the pastas or bruschettas if you want to keep it light).I lean towards the burgers.

What’s your favorite thing to do on a warm Sunday morning in this city?

Head to Fed Square and start off on a walk about in the inner-city laneways of Melbourne. Have some coffee and grab a bite (something Italian or a Kangaroo Burger) at Degraves St and/or Centre Place, the heart of cafe culture in Melbourne. stroll along to Flinders Lane and take a look at the ever-changing street art at Hosier & Rutledge Lane and the other lesser known laneways. Here is an itinerary to follow

What were some of the hidden gems in that city? Why?

If you happen to be in Melbourne in early March you will be lucky to witness that most Melburnian of events – Moomba Festival. A mix of carnival and watersking tournament with fireworks, crazy rides and some outrageous parades thrown in all by the side of Yarra river it will surely keep you enthralled for the Labour Day long weekend.

White Night (in February) is another Melbourne highlight that outsiders don’t know much about. Head into the city for all-nighter and don’t miss out on Flinders Lane as people tend to.

For food, Fona on Flinders Lane offers fine Mexican dining for those like me who want a bit of spice and variety in their cuisine. Alitalia Pizza all the way out in Burwood is as they claim one of the best pizzas in Eastern Melbourne with really generous toppings.

Anything else you want to add?

A very cycling friendly city with cycling lanes and also many bike trails all over the outskirts which connect right upto the city centre. Dont leave Melbourne without enjoying at least one bike ride.

For sporting enthusiasts its paradise in Melbourne especially in summer. There is Australian Open in Rod laver Arena, Cricket at MCG, F1 race at Albert Park, Football at AAMI Park and the Victorian passion – Aussie Rules Football which is to be seen at MCG on ANZAC day (Collingwood vs Essendon) if you can manage to get tickets. And best of all, every one of these venues are located in the city!

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