Food & Drink
There is a huge variety of cuisine available in
Melbourne and restaurants offering specific types can be found in
sectionalised districts, Lygon Street for Italian, Little Bourke
Street for Chinese, Lonsdale Street for Greek, Victoria Street for
Vietnamese, Sydney Road for Turkish and Spanish, and Acland Street
for Central European.
Other cuisines that are well represented in the city’s restaurants
include French, American, Afghan, Lebanese, Mexican, African, Malaysian,
Swiss and Mongolian.
Food products such as jams, honeys, chutneys
and the local wines of Yarra Valley are popular buys. Tradtional
sheepskins and the Australian’s answer to the raincoat, called
the drizabone, can be found here.
Melbourne is a main fashion centre, home to the
world famous surfing brand, Quicksilver, and shoppers looking for
Australian and international designer wear should head for the city
arcades or Howey Place.
Unusual buys and bargains can be bought at the Queen Victoria Market.
The general shopping hours are Saturday to Wednesday
from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Thursday to Friday 9.00 am to 9.00 pm,
Sundays 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. All main supermarkets are open 24 hours
Melbourne is home to a vibrant and diverse
entertainment culture that comes alive at night. There
is everything from ballet, classical concerts and opera to plays
in Melbourne’s ornate theatres like the Princess and Regent,
and street performers.
There is a varied selection of pubs, bars and nightclubs
in and around Melbourne. Whatever your taste there is something
to suit everyone, whether it’s a laid back beer in an authentic
Aussie pub, a comedy night, live bands playing blues music and jazz
or upmarket dance clubs.
The Crown Casino Complex, situated on the bank of the Yarra River
in Melbourne is a complete amusement area that includes a casino,
cinemas, restaurants, bowling alley and nightclubs.