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With its bohemian coffee houses, bustling laneways lined with bars and cafes, street art, and stylish boutiques (many with the designers on premises), Melbourne, Victoria’s capital, sets a cool kid tone for the world. Trendy finds, from hidden speakeasies to pop-up galleries aren’t part of a passing fad here—they’re everyday life in the city. Melbourne is defined by its boroughs, from edgy Fitzroy to leafy South Yarra, but all share a common spirit of embracing creativity and experimentation, in everything from culinary to fashion. That makes it the ideal location for events such as the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. The city also has a decidedly athletic side and hosts a score of first-class sporting events: the Australian Open (tennis), Formula 1 Grand Prix, and the Spring Racing Carnival (the Melbourne Cup). Plan to stay a few extra days to explore beyond the city and discover regions like the Yarra Valley wine region.

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Melbourne VIC, Australia