Conversations on Melbourne often revolve around its inclement weather, and without doubt it is bewildering the number of seasons that the city may experience in a single day. Luckily, Melbourne is dotted with numerous abodes serving gastronomical delights from around the world, within which to take refuge. Melbourne’s cafes are the rosy-cheeked, aproned housekeeper that welcomes you out of the winter chill, seats you near the fireplace, and fills your belly with baked deliciousness and content. They are bred for the brunch and coffee cultures that you never knew you always wanted to be part of, and if you are not careful you may spend the entirety of your days eating. (Warning: Drinking too much coffee will make you see sounds).
If, on the other hand, you do manage to stay on the streets and soak in Melbourne’s unique urban culture, you soon realize why she is one of the world’s greatest street art capitals. The city has designated streets for lawful artistic expression, that form a labyrinth of artwork. Melbourne’s most vibrant discussions, the essence of her zeitgeist, are expressed along her tiny cobbled lanes. Innocently trotting around you never know when you might be a hit with the ingeniousness of human creativity. Ever-changing graffiti messages sing out in bright colors and mesmerizing graphics, sprinkled with humor, oddity and soul. It feels much the same as what I suppose walking in orbit of Willy Wonka’s imagination would feel like.
Melbourne ranks among my most favorite cities, if only because walking her streets is a colorful adventure, and turning a new corner is to discover a delightful cafe, or new mural.