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“Australia’s capital of cool” - Discover Melbourne’s art, culture and nightlife

Graffiti filled laneways, hole in the wall cafes, fashion forward boutiques...yep there's nothing quite like Melbourne.

Only recently the Victorian capital was crowned "Australia's capital of cool" by UK's leading travel magazineConde Nast Traveler.

Here's why it deserves the title:

1. Shopping

Fashionable threads in Melbourne are as popular as flip flops in Sydney and it's no wonder with so many places to visit for Melbournites to get their fashion fix, including Bourke Street Mall, Queen Victoria Market, Swanston Street and Chapel Street (and plenty more!).

2. Graffiti filled laneways 

With the philosophy of "do art not tags", the Melbourne Government encourages artistic artwork that is done with permission. And there are plenty of laneways to view this artistic work from a range of world famous artists, such as Banksy. Some of the more popular laneways are Amphlett Lane, Union Lane and Hosier Lane.

3. Hole in the wall cafes 

Around almost every corner in the Melbourne CBD, you'll stumble across a tucked away cafe that might have been easily missed if you weren't looking for it. Some of the more popular spots to find these "camouflage cafes" include Little Collins Street and Flinders Lane.

4. Rooftop bars  

If you feel like a drink whilst overlooking the cool city of Melbourne, you don't have to look far to find a rooftop bar or beer garden. A few to put on your travel list include Goldilocks, Siglo and Wolf's Lair.

5. Penguins

Melbourne's St Kilda beach is home to some of the world's cutest creatures - little penguins. You can also see the penguins by driving 90 minutes from Melbourne to Phillip Island. Most visitors would agree little penguins are pretty cool!

6. Culture

Melbourne is not only known as the cool capital of Australia it's also earned a reputation as the cultural capital. So cultural-buffs will always have an exhibition or show to see at places like the National Gallery of Victoria.

7. Multiculturalism

Did you know there are more than 140 nationalities that call Melbourne home? Melbourne has welcomed people from all corners of the globe, including New Zealand, India, Somalia and Korea. You can find out more about Melbourne's multicultural history by visiting the Immigration Museum at the Old Customs House building.

8. Festivals

From a trumpet festival to a singers festival, Melbourne is home to some weird and wonderful festivals that are sure to keep you entertained. And of course it has some great multicultural festivals like the yearly Kensington Australia Day Festival that includes citizen ceremonies.

9. Sport

To see a sports match in most Aussie cities, you'll have to drive to the outskirts of town but in Melbourne it's easy with the Melbourne Cricket Ground located just 3km from the CBD.

10. Trams

Last but not least, if you can't find a bus or a train to catch, then you have a third public transport option trams, which have been running in the city since way back in 1884.

Of course the best way to explore everything the city of Melbourne has to offer is by car. Check out Thrifty's range here