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With the Yarra to the south, parks all around and some of the best restaurants in the country, Melbourne City is so much more than a place to do business.

Where do you start if you’re new to Melbourne’s CBD? That’s hard to say, but as a meeting spot and point of interest Federation Square is hard to beat. Most seem to have forgotten the controversy that met its construction in the late 90s and now accept it as an expression of the city’s creative element. Here, you can explore the NGV Ian Potter Centre, with its impressive collection of Australian art and ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), watch a movie or band on the main stage, or stop for a meal at Taxi Kitchen or Beer Deluxe.

 Stroll through the laneways, shop till you drop on Bourke Street Mall or check out some retail history at Block Arcade. Along the way, you’ll be mesmerised by the energy, from the buskers on the corners to the public and street art dotted along the streets.

When you’re done, there’s the opportunity to eat world-class cuisine. Even if you’re on a budget you can try the Michelin-starred (in its home city of Hong Kong) Tim Ho Wan or you can splash out on views and multiple courses at Vue de Monde. Another favourite way to finish the day is with a sunset cocktail. Head to a rooftop bar, like Bomba Rooftop or Siglo, to toast the perfect Melbourne day.

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