6 reasons I love living in Melbourne

Melbourne coffee

For several years, Melbourne has been the winner of the most liveable city award in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) liveability survey.  It doesn’t surprise me. I love it – and here are six reasons why.

Melbourne's Patricia for coffee

Patricia Coffee Brewers

Coffee
Coffee lovers love Melbourne. Cafés are expected to make a good coffee here.  By that I mean, it must have a good “crema”, be strong enough and not bitter. As a black coffee drinker, the quality of the coffee making is paramount because there is no hiding behind a milk screen.

Melbourne café owners have taken a connoisseurial  approach to coffee.  They offer particular roasts, coffee of particular origins and they describe their coffees as one might describe a wine – they talk about acidity, body and flavour.

Vic Market produce

Our favourite vegetable stall

Markets
Throughout Melbourne there are produce markets that trade regularly. Some are in purpose built facilities – like those at the Vic Market, South Melbourne and Prahran and others that happen in the street – like Richmond. Regardless of the facilities the produce is what people go for. Generally you’ll find goods that are fresher, cheaper and of better quality. You don’t always get to talk to the grower/producer but you do get to meet some real characters.

Vic Market flowers

Vic Market blooms

 

Our usual haunt is the Vic Market on a Saturday morning. We have a routine and tend to go to the same store holders each week. We buy just about everything we need there from the butchers, fishmongers, delis, fruit and vegetable stalls, eggs sellers, flowers stands, dried fruit and nut stalls. There is usually entertainment as well – from buskers to spruiking stall holders.

Post-market breakfast feast

Post-market breakfast feast

Breakfast
Breakfast is one of my favourite meals and there are many great cafés in and around the Vic Market. So yes, you guessed it we go there after our shopping. My selection usually favours poached eggs with different side serves.  Monsieur Controleur sometimes lashes out with French toast served with lots of lovely fruit and yoghurt accompaniments.

Port Phillip Bay

Port Phillip Bay

The Bay
Port Phillip Bay is beautiful. On a day like the one pictured, it is a joy to be on. Alas, it can also present very challenging conditions for all water sports enthusiasts. For me, sailing out of Sandringham yacht club brings great moments like these. It’s a great way to blow out the cobwebs from the week and breathe clean air.

GPO Melbourne

GPO Building

The architecture
Melbourne has wonderful buildings. There are those steeped in history, set against those of more modern allure. Each has a story to tell. Edifices like the GPO Building pictured here now house departments stores and fashion outlets. Federation Square is a remarkable modern building in stark contrast to those around it. I am sure there is not a right angle in the place – an engineering challenge to build!

Federation-Square

http://archikey.com/picture/read/543/ Federation-Square.jpg

Every year there is an event where the buildings of Melbourne are opened to the public. Workplaces, office buildings, old government and utility buildings throw open their doors and let the people of Melbourne in. It is a delightful day to explore these places that are usually only admired at street level.

The weather Melbourne weather
Where else in the world, can you get four seasons in one day? I love it. Having grown up in the tropics where it was hot all the time, I embrace the seasons with enthusiasm. And – if they happen on the same day, I have really gotten my money’s worth. So this summer, here is our challenge! The next few days of weather see us yoyo-ing up and down the temperature gauge! Oh well – at least it’s not boring.

Have you been to Melbourne? What did you like most?

 

Photo credits – Federation Square as per listed link
Remainder – author’s own

2 comments, add yours.

You covered most of the things I like about Melbourne, my favorite areas are the botanical gardens and other parks with big trees, water features and the Yarrah river . For a large city Melbourne is surprisingly green with many tree lined streets among the shopping and business areas too, providing shade on a hot summer’s day 🙂

    Mary

    Author

    Agree completely – there are so many things I could add, but have limited it to these that I have photos of as well.

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