Article in partnership with Nova.

Melbourne is a city best explored with insider knowledge – otherwise you’ll never know what might be hiding down the next laneway! Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s always something happening in the cultural capital of Australia.

Make the most of your time in the city by ticking off these eight must-do experiences:

1. Go bar and restaurant hopping and taste the best of Melbourne’s cuisine

Discover the most exciting food districts of Melbourne by walking around Fitzroy, Southbank, Chinatown and Lygon Street. You can taste the finest Melbourne coffee, pastries, cocktails and more. Experience Melbourne’s most Instagrammable brunches, plus if you happen to be in the area for Taste of Melbourne this year (November 30 – 3rd December), take the opportunity to celebrate Melbourne’s culture and food scene with a feast.

Where should we go next? 🙂 #ArDisAUS #ArDisMelbourne

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2. Dress up for a day at the races

November and December is horse racing season in Melbourne, and the perfect opportunity to dress up and have a beverage in the sun. Plus, it’s the best way to check out the latest in spring fashion…

#DerbyDay you did not disappoint. Thanks for having us ❤️ @mrtimrobards

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3. Discover the most exclusive rooftop dining

Nothing could be more ‘Melbourne’ than dining or drinking… on a rooftop. Luckily there are plenty of fine establishments that will get you sorted with great food and a gorgeous view.

Finest seats in town. 📷: @david_kerr.burrows

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4. Sit back and relax at an outdoor cinema

As the nights get warmer, it’s time to take advantage of the beautiful weather with the ultimate cinematic experience: outdoor cinema. And you can even watch one outside on (yep, you guessed it) a rooftop!

No-one captures our best side like @rayofmelbourne does 🌃🏙📸 #rooftopcinema #regram

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5. Visit art galleries and explore new exhibitions

In Melbourne, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to art and museums. The NGV often hosts large international art exhibitions, while ACMI is the place to go for film exhibitions, moving image artists plus gaming and virtual reality.

6. Do a street art tour

If you’re not in the mood for an art gallery, then you’ll find plenty of art in the streets of Melbourne. A walking tour is a great way to get to know the background of the artists and wind through the streets to places you wouldn’t think to look…

Finding the cool hidden spots 👌 #melbournewalks #melbourne #streetart #laneways #coffee #bball

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7. Shop in the local boutiques

Be the envy of all your friends and pick up something unique in a local Melbourne boutique. Melbourne is known for its fashion, but there are also quirky places like a zine workshop, a custom jean shop that does onsite alterations, and plenty of local jewellery designers.

#throwback to the news zines that came in after last years Festival of the Photocopier!

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8. Bring the family along to Carols by Candlelight

Embrace the ultimate Christmas spirit by experiencing Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. It’s one of the biggest events of the year, and an iconic one for all lovers of the holiday season.

We’re partnering with Nova to give you the chance to get access to the best Melbourne experiences on offer. Head to the Nova’s WIN page to find out how to enter, and stay tuned on Nova 100’s channels for more exclusive Melbourne experiences.

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Erin Rooney

Editor of Red Wire

Erin Rooney,
Editor of Red Wire

As Editor of Red Wire and Digital Brand Manager at Vodafone, Erin always keeps up with the latest social trends and content marketing campaigns. She's passionate about tech, music, travel, and diversity initiatives.