Why does Lonely Planet choose to call Melbourne home ? Well there's the enviable live-music scene, modern museums, a vibrant multicultural mix, shopping to die for, leafy-green parklands, the best coffee on earth and cosy cocktail bars up every laneway. Discover the city's treasures for yourself with this smart, stylish and streetwise guide - like us, you might decide to stay forever. Check out the best galleries, theatres, museums and sporting arenas that Melbourne has to offer.
Max out that credit card using our guide to Melbourne 's best shopping. Dine out at some of Australia's finest restaurants or linger over a latte at our author's favourite cafés. Find out who's the next big thing' at funky art spaces, cutting-edge theatres or grungy pubs. Get out and around the City using our full-colour maps and self-guided walking tours.