Melbourne, Australia has been rated as the number 1 most liveable city in the whole wide world by ‘the Economist Intelligence Unit’s’ annual global liveability survey for the 7th
time in a row! As a young person who just finished school and hasn’t really seen much of this planet, I couldn’t believe that there’s a thing such as a “most worth living” city. I was sure there are some good sides and bad sides in every city and it’s completely different to every individual. When I first read about this, I was a bit skeptical. I wanted to see why people loved it there so much with my own eyes, that's why I started my first travels all by myself in Melbourne. And I’ve got to admit: Melbourne proved me wrong.
View over St. Kilda
There’s plenty of articles about how cool the center of Melbs is, but you’re here to find out about living in the suburbs, so I am going to focus on them. My very favorite suburbs of Melbourne, where I ended up living for 8 months and wished I never had to leave, are South Yarra, Prahran, Windsor, St Kilda. If you’re wondering what they have in common, let me tell you now.
This street isn’t like any other street I’ve ever walked on. To be fair, I don’t think there are many other streets that are 4.13 kilometers long. Chapel Street has its very own tram line (Tram 78) but I can totally recommend you to walk all the way at least once, it just has everything you need in life! I’m seriously not exaggerating when I say you will never have to leave this street if your visa doesn’t run out.
Whatever preferences you have when it comes to nightlife and parties, Chapel Street can satisfy you to the fullest and will even higher your standards for the next time you’re going out. If you’re looking for a casual bar to meet up with a few friends, “Blue Bar” in Prahran will not disappoint you. If you’re looking for a fancy club to go out to with your girls and you like to dress up nicely and look at other beautiful human beings, “Temperance Hotel” in South Yarra is the best place for that. If you love to meet new people and get to know their life stories, Windsor is the way to go. You will meet people from all over the world here, since there’s a backpacker hostel just off the street and even when they’re not really in the mood to go out, they’ll still be going for a beer or five at “La La Land”.
Street Art Lesson by the artist himself
If you just want to party until the sun is up again and even longer, there are four places on Chapel Street that are open until 7 am or even better: open at 7 am, so you can keep going after a good rave. “Pawn&Co” which is where I lost my heart, “Revolver upstairs” (stay away from the people trying to make you have ‘more fun’), “161” which is supposed to be really good on Thursdays and “Circus”. If you’re more looking for a mix of all the above plus the chance to go skinny dipping after dancing your lungs out, I want to recommend St. Kilda with the beautiful St. Kilda Beach to you.
What I think is pretty cool here is the fact that most of the bars are restaurants and pubs during the day and they serve really good food. I can imagine it is the same in other countries, but where I live it’s not, so I think that’s amazing.
Another great thing about the food on Chapel Street is: HAPPY HOURS
Almost every venue has special offers for like certain hours of a day or even all day offers, like for example a $10 Parmy with a schooner of cider or beer on a Wednesday. “Lucky Coq” does $4 pizzas and they’re mind-blowing good, especially when you know you only paid $4. The venues usually promote their happy hours on their websites and I bet there are apps meanwhile to see which happy hour is happening where at any given moment. As soon as you come to Melbourne, you will realize there are quite a few Asian people living there, which is also a perfect addition to Chapel Street’s finest kitchens. You can pick from all kinds of the Asian kitchens. Walking down you’ll find a lot of
Luna Park in St.Kilda
Sushi, Ramen, Pho and Bento Box specialists, who will treat you like their King/Queen and spoil your taste buds. In St. Kilda you will find plenty of little cafés and amazing cake shops that will make your mouth water just by walking past their shop windows. It is most definitely worth a try. I’ve had the best strawberry cheesecake of my life in one of them and now, more than two years later, I’m still thinking about it. Do it, even if you’re on a diet.
While I was living in Melbs, I had to go to see a doctor and guess where I found a competent person that could help me right away, almost no waiting time and has a pharmacy right next door. Yep, you’re right, it was on Chapel Street. Not that I think you will have to see a doctor while you’re traveling, but I do think it is good to know, just in case. And this is also putting emphasis on the “you never have to leave this street” part of this article.
If you’re looking for things to do, that doesn’t necessarily involve drinking booze, Chapel Street can offer you various shopping options, from Topshop to little private owned boutiques, especially in South Yarra. You can also go to the gym, whatever fitness chain you have signed up with, go to the library and borrow a nice book to read in the cute little park right next to it.
Look at the little beach houses, they are different at each beach!
There are also Botanical Gardens in almost every suburb of Melbourne to chill and meet friends. As you can see on the right and a bit further up, Melbourne has its own theme park, called Luna Park, situated in St. Kilda, so that’s another point on your to-do list. Keep in mind that the beach is not too far away either! I hope I could give you a little insight on how it is to live in the suburbs of Melbourne and why Melbs is the number 1 city when ‘the Economist’ tries to find out where everyone can become happy.