Have you ever wondered where the perfect combination of urban art, fancy cafés and hip stores could be found? Melbourne would definitely qualify. To be honest, I have not seen as much of it as I should have (slowly does it), but the glimpses I have caught so far are extremely promising.
How about we start with the CBD, as any tourist would do. Leaving aside the typical sights, we just head straight to the QV Shopping Mall for a delight in food and fashion. Ranging from ethnic cuisines over to interesting blends, you can get your frozen yoghurt or Seaweed Pork Floss Bun fix. There is always something strange and delightful to try out. The same goes with fashion. Try on fancy dresses or get your nerd on in clever printed shirts accompanied by fittingly unique room decoration for comely homely wishes.
For the need of a more edgy flair, I recommend trying the suburb Fitzroy. Hop in a bar along Brunswick and spend your time watching hip people passing by before checking out second hand and charity shops with cool vintage finds shipped over all the way from distant California. While you are savouring your specially flavoured chocolate treats (I tried basil) and thinking about having your own vinyl records made, do not forget to get lost. Hidden in backstreets you will find perfect specimens of urban wall art. There are graffitis, installations and the usual suspect, sneakers dangling from cable lines.
For a slightly rougher look of local street art, Richmond should be high on your list. Here you can find all your heart desires in terms of high end furniture after having had your quick cake fix in picturesque cafés. Modern buildings line up along the main streets while smaller brick buildings and quaint little wooden houses make for eclectic architecture photo shots. Indeed, Melbourne is an art in itself and every corner is a new revelation. It is definitely worth a visit.