42 Things I Love about Melbourne

Melbourne has been my home for over 10 years. I started Melbourne Girl in 2009, after falling in love with the city; my new home and all the dreams and inspiration it shares with it’s residents and visitors day after day. This leads me to this post, 42 Things I Love about Melbourne.

The city has continuously been voted the world’s most liveable city and for good reason – it is a freaking amazing place to live, work, play and raise a family!


42 Things I Love about Melbourne - Melbourne Girl


42 Things I Love about Melbourne


1. The shopping.

2. Fashion Week and Fashion Festival.

3. Spring Racing Carnival.

4. The coffee and the tea.

5. The culture.

6. Summer bar sessions – the wine and cocktails.

7. The laneways.

8. The footy. Yep, I love sport.

9. The festivals.

10. The night vibe, the beautiful big city lights.

11. The roadtrips – easy drives to beautiful places like Mornington Peninsula & Daylesford.

12. The dumplings.

13. Queen Vic Markets.

14. The pop-ups.

15. The Australian Open.

16. It’s seriously cool cafe lifestyle.

17. The ice cream.

18. Access to world-class medical facilities.

19. Skiing in the Bay.

20. Dining out.

21. Crown Melbourne – the ultimate weekend away in the city.

22. The nail salons. I’m a mani and pedi girl.

23. Gateway to the winery regions – the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley.

24. High Tea options.

25. Moonlight Cinema.

26. The musicals.

27. Collins Street.

28. The free street mags.

29. The street art.

30. The access to fresh produce.

31. Our amazing State Library.

32. Our FREE tram zone.

33. Eureka 89 – dining in style.

34. The curry laksas (of the chicken variety).

35. Summer and daylight savings.

36. The water.

37. Beach life.

38. The city grid (which makes the CBD so easy to navigate).

39. Food trucks.

40. The city is alive 24 hours a day.

41. There’s a Maccas on every corner (guilty pleasure).

42. Feels like home – doesn’t matter where I go, it’s so great to come back!


What do you think?

Did I miss anything?





Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and Racing.com, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.


  • July 13, 2015


    Hej Emily,

    I’m just writing an article about my love to Melbourne and the disappointment when I visited Sydney 🙂 Your list is great but one thing is missing – St. Kilda <3

  • July 13, 2015

    Emily Collie

    Thanks for shouting out Sabrina – I do enjoy St.Kilda, perhaps a no.43 addition! I’m a huge fan of Sydney, off on an escape there this weekend! Love traveling Australia, so many beautiful places to have a holiday 🙂

  • August 10, 2015

    Qazi Saad

    Ah, what a city Melbourne is. Spent almost 6 years in Melbourne but had to leave unfortunately. The soul of Australia I must say. If I were to add something to the list it would be lygon street and its cafes. Never lacks ambience.

  • January 4, 2017

    Angela Smeed

    I left Melbourne 34 years ago but spent the first 32 years of my life there (yes I’m 66). No matter where I go or where I live Melbourne will always be home. Wish I could go back but not possible. I would add the Dandenong Ranges to the list, with its picturesque villages, gorgeous forest walks and magnificent views over the city. And it’s an easy one hour drive from the city.

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