An itinerary on two wheels to experience Melbourne, Australia
The second biggest metropolis in Australia is a haven for cyclists. Over 600 bicycles and 84 miles [135 km] of bike lanes are part of the bike share system. To subscribe, go to a self-service kiosk at one of the 51 stations, select the amount of time needed and pay using a credit card. Next, check out an itinerary to enjoy the city
1 - National Gallery of Victoria
180 St Kilda Rd.
Melbourne is famous for its arts scene. And there’s no better way to start the itinerary than by checking out the amazing exhibits at the National Gallery of Victoria.
2 - Eureka
7 Riverside Quay
To see how big the city is, go up to the 88th floor (at a height of 985 feet [300 m]) of the Eureka building to take the best panoramic pictures.
3 - Queen Victoria Market
513 Elizabeth St
When hunger strikes, Queen Victoria Market (located in the city’s central business district) is the ideal place to have a snack. You’ll find organic products, food to go, and hundreds of stands selling clothes, handicrafts and much more.
4 - Seven Seeds
114 Berkeley St
Melbourne is obsessed with coffee, and Seven Seeds is the best place to prove this in loco, by trying the drink made with beans from different latitudes and toasted at the coffee house.
5 - Hosier Lane
Hosier Lane and Flinders St
Time to act like a tourist: Hosier Lane is filled with local street art, which has become an attraction for people visiting the city. It’s ideal for selfie fanatics.
6 - Chin Chin
125 Flinders Ln
Cycling can whet your appetite, and Melbourne – a festival for foodies – has a wide variety of good options. One safe bet is the fusion of Thai food with Asian flavors at the restaurant Chin Chin (its bar GoGo is also unmissable).
7 - Federation Square
Corner Swanston St and Flinders St
Every city has a meeting point, and here it’s called Federation Square. It offers around 2,000 activities throughout the year and features galleries, museums, restaurants, cafés, and bars.
8 - Royal Botanic Gardens
Private Bag 2000, Birdwood Avenue
The Botanic Gardens are one of the most important green areas in Melbourne. The best way to get there is by bike, taking the bike lanes along the banks of the Yarra River from Federation Square.
9 - St. Kilda
180 St Kilda Rd
It’s impossible to visit Melbourne and not experience its amusement park: the beach. The neighborhood of St. Kilda is perfect for an afternoon filled with great restaurants, bars, shops, and strolls on the sand (and good exercise, if you go there by bike).
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