Melbourne Central Business District is the cultural and business epicentre of Victoria. Melbourne CBD is home to some of the largest companies in Australia, many of the country’s finest restaurants, and outlets of all the world’s finest shopping brands. The Parliament of Victoria can also be found in the central business district. Amongst the innumerable sites to visit are the Royal Botanic Gardens, the State Library of Victoria, Eureka Tower, Federation Square and the graffiti filled lane ways within the centre of the CBD.
The city centre is filled with glorious tree-lined streets and offers diverse public transport options – the City Circle Tram is a free public transport option. Melbourne City Council in partnership with the local public transport provider will soon offer completely free public transport in the CBD. The retail areas are numerous and diverse. They include Melbourne Central Shopping Centre (which houses an underground railway station), the Swanston Street Mall, the Bourke Street Mall and Collins Street.
Chinatown is at the east end of Little Bourke Street. There you can taste the finest Chinese food in Melbourne. Chinatown was established in the 1850s. One landmark that you won’t want to miss is Federation Square located on Flinders Street Station which opens up to the Yarra River.
Melbourne CBD combines modern development with historical buildings. Top of the line shopping venues are intertwined with historical landmarks from centuries ago. The Rialto Towers in Collins Street was the tallest building in the central business district, until the opening of Eureka Tower in 2006. At 975ft the Eureka Tower is one of the tallest buildings in the world. However it too will soon be usurped as tallest building in Melbourne by a newly approved skyscraper apartment building set to exceed 1000ft in height.
Collins Street cuts through the CBD and is the most exclusive shopping area in the city. There you will find the worlds prestige fashion brands, historic churches, five star hotels, major clubs, theatres, and cinemas.
The street is filled with famous buildings. If you want a glimpse from the 19th century, check out the Regent Theatre located on Collins Street between Swanston and Russell streets.The architectural highlights in this area are banks with Gothic facades. Check out the ANZ Bank built in 1883 and the former Stock Exchange. The Collins Place Towers and 101 Collins are also worth a visit.
Melbourne CBD offers exclusive dining. Nobu, Rockpool, Vue du Monde, Cumulus Inc. Chin Chin, Mamasita are just a few of the gamut of truly first class dining options on offer in Melbourne.
Grossi Florentino is another Melbourne “institution”. It is a premier Italian restaurant. There you will find some of the finest Italian fare you are ever likely to eat (outside of Italy) along with a wide selection of some of the worlds finest wines.
Melbourne CBD is home to over 10 theatres presenting a host of theatre, musical theatre, opera, comedy and avantegarde performances. The Melbourne Theatre Company is an internationally renowned company that performs year round from their base at the George Sumner theatre. Catch a performance by the MTC and you’re likely to recognize many of the international stars of stage and screen that routinely perform with the company.
- Grossi Florentino – 88 Bourke Street
- Hutong Dumpling Bar – 14-16 Market Lane
- Vue De Monde – 271 Victoria Street
Cafes & Bars
- City Wine Shop – 159 Spring Street
- The Melbourne Supper Club – Level 1 / 161 Spring Street
- La Bella Miette – 8 Collins Street
- Bourke Street Mall
- Melbourne Central