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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 a day.


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.