Known for its abundance of arts, culture and fantastic architecture, Melbourne is the perfect place to explore as a curious traveler. Each street and laneway contains little-hidden treasures in the form of fantastic cafes, bars and murals filling the back alleys with an array of vibrant colours.
With that said, one of the main benefits of traversing this towering city is its wide variety of free entertainment to peruse. So, bundle up with gloves and scarves, because we’re looking at the free sights and sounds of Melbourne that you can experience this winter.
The NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) is an unmissable landmark boasting an impressive collection of art from across the world. Looming over the equally brilliant Hammer Hall, this architecturally magnificent building has been home to pieces from some of history’s most influential artists, as seen in exhibits showcasing Van Gogh, David Hockney and Andy Warhol.
With free entry to the bulk of exhibits shown, not to mention a lovely on-site cafe to warm up and relax in, the NGV is a perfectly serene place to absorb classic art and culture on your way through the bustling CBD.
Though it may seem like walking the streets may not be the most exhilarating part of visiting the city, Melbourne’s street art has become a well-known spectacle that is truly a sight to behold. At times boasting work by prolific modern artists such as Invader and Banksy (though, unfortunately, the latter of which has seen some tumultuous removals), the pieces gracing lanes and backstreets are a welcome collage of flourishing creativity.
Not a day goes by where hoards of excited tourists aren’t seen photographing walls and windows across the city, and for those that have experienced it, it’s easy to see why.
As with most places that are loud and proud about the merits of artisanal living, Melbourne is filled with markets – selling everything from produce to antiques. While it may be hard to choose which one to visit, especially if you’re only passing through on a short stay, the decision will likely depend on what your preference for products is. However, for those that want a distinct taste of Melbourne’s marketplaces, there is one place that is sure to leave an impression.
The Queen Victoria Market is an absolute must for anyone that’s looking for local fruit, vegetables, and crafts from across Victoria. When in full swing, the QVM gives off the vibe of a colorful shanty town; vendors and buyers alike fervently discussing the benefits of their purchases at dozens of different stalls. Coupled with a sprawling selection of cafes, restaurants and pop-up shops, it’s the perfect place to pass away a Sunday afternoon.
Whether you’re here for a short stay or a fully-fledged adventure, Melbourne has so much to offer for those that are yet to experience it. For those that are looking for a place to relax and get away from the cold, book a serviced apartment with RNR Melbourne today!