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Top 5 places to visit in Melbourne CBD

Updated on November 29, 2011
Melbourne CBD at night
Melbourne CBD at night

Top 5 places to visit in Melbourne CBD

CBD or Central Business District is what the Aussies call their city downtowns! Melbourne CBD is one of the best city center or downtown in the world. It is an exciting cocktail of tall buildings, exotic coffee shops, bustling European-style laneways, cultural hubs and some great architecture. Here are top 5 places that you must visit if you are in Melbourne CBD that no travel agent will tell you.

1) Flinders Street Station, Melbourne CBD

Flinders Street Station. In the background you can see the Eureka Tower
Flinders Street Station. In the background you can see the Eureka Tower
'Meet ya at the clocks?' The steps of the Flinders Street Station are a hangout place for many
'Meet ya at the clocks?' The steps of the Flinders Street Station are a hangout place for many

No travel list about Melbourne can be complete without talking about Flinders Street and its railway station.This station is about 100 years old and you can feast your eyes on the architecture and the beautiful dome day after day and still not get bored.

The entrance of this epic railway station is on the corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street, which by the way is a superb place to hang out if you've got nothing to do. Just sit on the steps of the Flinders Street Station and watch the world go by!

2) Pedestrian Bridge, Yarra River, Melbourne CBD

You can access the Pedestrian Bridge on Yarra River via the Flinders Street Station subway
You can access the Pedestrian Bridge on Yarra River via the Flinders Street Station subway

You're probably wondering why I'm telling you to visit a pedestrian bridge, but this bridge, ladies and gentlemen, is very special. One of the pillars of this bridge which goes in the Yarra River has a base which has benches to sit on. You'll probably miss the little stairs that go down to this base but look around you when you are at the centre of the bridge and you'll find a small opening.

Go to the Pedestrian bridge on Yarra River after 9pm to enjoy serene views of the Melbourne skyline. You'll have breathtaking and colorful views of the CBD and its buildings. In the background you will hear buskers playing the guitar, violin or other instruments. Believe me, this is every traveler's ultimate fantasy!

3) Riverland Bar, Melbourne CBD

Riverland bar, Melbourne CBD
Riverland bar, Melbourne CBD

The Aussie's love their beer. There are no two ways about it. They really appreciate a good bar or a pub. Riverland Bar is one pub in the Melbourne CBD that you don't want to miss out on. Located on the banks of river Yarra, this place has a rustic charm to it. It is usually busy, even on the weekdays. I would recommend this place only if you plan on having a fun night out. This is not the best place to be if you want to have a quiet and romantic date because it get busy, and I mean really busy during the evenings, especially Friday and Saturday.

4) Chinatown, Melbourne CBD

There is a Chinatown in nearly every major city in the world, but this one is special because it is a vibrant mix of many Asian cultures. If you've had a few drinks and can't decide where to have a quick meal in the CBD, I can assure you that you will find something of your liking in Chinatown. I am a total foodie and I highly recommend walking down Little Bourke Street and around it to find your gastronomical delight.

5) Hoiser Lane, Opposite Federation Square, Melbourne CBD

Hoiser lane, Melbourne CBD
Hoiser lane, Melbourne CBD
One of the upmarket eateries on Hoiser Lane, Melbourne CBD
One of the upmarket eateries on Hoiser Lane, Melbourne CBD

If you didn't know, graffiti or street art is legal in certain laneways in Melbourne CBD and other suburbs. Hoiser Lane is one of the best spots in Melbourne CBD to spot some fascinating works of art. You will be amazed that the sheer talent and imagination on display. Top to bottom, this laneway is marred with graffiti and some great artwork. It also has a couple of upmarket lounges and eateries if you have the moolah to splash out on an expensive lunch.

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