January 7, 2019

5 Best Ways to Experience Melbourne Like a Local

There’s nothing wrong with being an obvious tourist, but sometimes, exploring the most famous sites is just not enough to really get to know your destination. So, after you arrive in Melbourne and do all the regular tourist stuff, don’t hesitate to explore the city and experience it like a local.

Start the day with a morning jog 
Australians are a very fit and healthy nation, so try to wake up early and start your day with a light morning jog. This is one of the best ways to mingle with the locals, but it’s also a perfect moment to avoid crowds and have a speedy sightseeing tour. Head to The Royal Botanic Gardens and get lost in the greenery. They might be located at the very centre of the city, but the gardens are quite peaceful and quiet. If you go very early in the morning, you will really get to enjoy all the beautiful lakes and explore secluded picnic spots in peace. Plus, you’ll feel extra good about yourself when you start the day with a healthy activity!

Grab a cup of coffee  
Melbourne’s coffee scene is stunning. Grab a cup of coffee in one of the Melbourne cafes and you’ll forget all about those overpriced Starbucks drinks! Every spot has expert baristas who know exactly how to treat coffee and leave their customers in awe with their creations. Most cafes also serve fresh house-made treats like croissants, muffins or fruit parfaits, so if you decide to skip your hotel’s buffet breakfast, you’ll not stay hungry for long. However, keep in mind that Melbournians enjoy strong blends, but if you need some extra energy to get you through your ambitious shopping adventures in Melbourne, they will be just the thing you need.

Enjoy local delicacies 
If you leave Melbourne without sampling their local food, you’ve made a huge mistake. Aussie people love to eat well and they really know how to enjoy the food and the drinks. Pick a beautiful day and head to the suburb of Warrandyte for a delicious meal. No matter your preferences and dietary requirements, Olivigna winery will leave you full and satisfied. The entire area is breathtaking, so pick a place with an outdoor dining area to soak up the views with your food and you’ll simply feel blessed! And don’t forget to have a glass of Australian wine with your meal. A single sip of their local Prosecco will leave you mind-blown—true magic happens when tastes of Tuscany meet Australian wine-making expertise!

Chill at the beach  
Once you satisfy your appetite, it’s time for another favourite Aussie activity—basking at the beach. Sydney might have the most famous beach life in whole Australia, but Melbourne doesn’t fall far behind either. Its beaches are full of good vibes, interesting people and daredevil surfers, so don’t forget to pack your bathing suit. Visit Brighton Beach for some colourful Instagram treats. The beach itself might not be anything special, but locals love it and pay much attention to their little bathing houses. These decorated cabanas run the entire length of the beach and they are super charming and picturesque.

Catch a movie in the evening 
As you’ve probably realized already, Melbournians love to spend time outside. So, if you have some free time in the evening, make sure to finish your day right where you started it—in the Botanic Gardens. In the summer, from November to March, the Gardens are home to a charming open-air cinema that plays everything from new blockbusters to old movies from the golden age of Hollywood. Find an empty patch of grass and enjoy the movie with some snacks you’re free to bring inside (it doesn’t get much better than that).

Enjoying Melbourne like a local will show you why this city attracts millions of domestic and international tourists a year. But it will also help you realize why locals love their city so much and don’t want to change a thing about it. These must-do activities in Melbourne will definitely treat you to a real taste of the Oz life that you’ll have a hard time finding anywhere else! 

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