Melbourne CBD

Melbourne CBD was created on a grid system of main roads with plenty of hidden lanes and secondary roads amongst it, allowing easy travel via the trams along the major roads or adventuring

into the hidden lanes where you may find one of the hot new nightclubs, a trendy eaterie that only those in the know frequent, an art gallery showing the latest new find, a cool jazz club or a cute little boutique shop that sells things that you have never seen before. The Bourke street mall provides Melbourne CBD shoppers with a wide range of retail delights and Elizabeth street carries a range of fashionable restaurants and designer clothing emporiums. For even more high end retail options Degraves Street and Flinders Lane will satisfy most desires and the stunning arcades from a byegone era that house more boutique retail can be found in Collins street(Block Arcade) and Bourke street(Royal Arcade). Collins street also has what is known locally as its “Paris end” where the likes of Louis Vitton and Armani will be found. Howey Place tends to be a mecca for the smaller, less established designers to market their wears.

The Greek quarter of the CBD tends to be considered the area between Swanston and Russell, on or around Lonsdale. Here you will find a range of great Greek cuisine as well as Greek centric retail. Chinatown which is considered as the area between Exhibition and Swanston is around Little Bourke, has become a very asian centric district covering thai,korean,japanese and Chinese as well as other cultural sectors.Cohen place house the Chinese Museum which focuses on the migration history of the Chinese to Melbourne over the last 150 years.

Within a very short walk of the CBD such institutions as the MCG,the Rod Laver Arena,the Royal Botanical Gardens,Federation square,the St Kilda Road Arts Centre(which houses the National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra,ACCA,the Malthouse Theatre,the Australian Ballet and the Melbourne Theatre company amongst other cultural powerhouses).

Crossing the beautiful Yarra River into Southbank opens up another new array of options retailwise and culturally from the World class riverside street performers to more Theatre options and fine dining.

A stay in the Melbourne CBD will leave you culturally envigorated, dazzled by the cuisine and    laden with inspiration and new purchases by the fantastic retail.