For the seventh year running, Melbourne has been voted the most liveable city in the world.
With that kind of overwhelming vote of confidence from The Economist Intelligence Unit, there must be something pretty special about the Australian city.
If you were wondering what Melbourne has done to deserve such an accolade (again), here’s why it’s the best city on the planet. Hey – it’s not just us making these bold claims about liveability, we’ve got the statistics backing us up.
If there’s one thing Australians care about, it’s food. There’s a huge emphasis on fresh ingredients and interesting dishes, so it has swiftly become a global foodie mecca.
Melbourne is an incredibly multicultural city, meaning that you can enjoy some of the world’s best Greek or Chinese food just a stone’s throw away from each other.
Even though it isn’t exactly the cheapest place in the world to live, luckily there are still some amazing food options for all price ranges. Whether you’re going for some fancy Chinese at the Flower Drum or just grabbing dim sims at South Melbourne market, you’re in for a treat.
Oh, and because this is Australia, obviously the coffee is out of this world. Head to Top Paddock for a top cup (and you’d be a fool to pass up their brunch).
Melbourne is no slouch when it comes to art, culture and theatre. There’s so much to see and do that no-one who lives there could ever feel bored.
In terms of art galleries, the works displayed inside the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art are as striking as the buildings themselves. Melbourne might be far away from the rest of the world, but previous exhibitions including Vincent van Gogh and Edgar Degas show how international a place it is. Not only that, but it shines a spotlight on some unique Aussie artists as well.
Still not convinced? Fine, then how about the huge annual comedy festival held around Easter, which this year saw the likes of Stephen K Amos, Josie Long, Arj Barker and Phil Jupitus take the stage.
Not everyone loves museums and galleries. But no matter, because Melbourne is where it’s at for sport.
No matter what you’re into, there’s something for everyone. Cricket lover? You’ll have the chance to catch The Ashes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Tennis fan? Ever heard of a little something called the Aussie Open? Horse racing more your thing? There’s the Melbourne Cup for that. Want to see Lewis Hamilton in action? The Melbourne Grand Prix zooms around the city every year.
We’re still not done – if you wanted to catch a real slice of Australia, catch some Aussie Rules football also at the impressive MCG.
Luckily, the weather means games are rained off a whole lot less than the UK.
The open spaces
Victoria’s nickname is the Garden State, so it’s a no-brainer that Melbourne is the Garden City. It holds some of the country’s greatest parks, from the Royal Botanic Gardens to the Queen Victoria Gardens.
Even though the weather in Melbourne isn’t as consistent as the likes of Sydney (there’s a reason Crowded House wrote a song about it called Four Seasons in One Day), it’s still pretty glorious.
Unlike the UK, there isn’t a perpetual grey drizzle hanging over the city, meaning locals can enjoy the parks and great outdoors a whole lot more.
Oh, and what about the beaches? The colourful boxes on glorious Brighton Beach are as Instagram-worthy as you can get.
No wonder Melbournians are so happy – they can spend so much time outside in incredible natural surroundings. Just think how that outdoorsy culture would improve your mood.
Aussies on holiday have a *bit* of a reputation for being overly loud party animals, but you can’t deny they are some of the nicest people around.
If you go to the country itself, you’ll find less of the laddish traveller vibe and instead some funny and genuine people.
It’s the kind of place where you’ll walk into a shop and someone will ask you how you are – and they’ll actually care. That is definitely something that can improve your quality of life.