Where to stay in Melbourne
If you fancy yourself a foodie, Melbourne's CBD is the place to be while you're in town. Far more than a financial district, the CBD is home to some of the best restaurants in Melbourne, from the ultra-ritzy Vue de Monde to cult favourite, Chin Chin. Best of all, with plenty of accommodation options available, you can choose to splurge on a hotel suite or save your spending money for the set menus.
The casino may be Southbank's crowning jewel, but you don't have to be a high roller to hang out in this inner-city hood. Home to some of Melbourne's best things to see and do – from the National Gallery of Victoria to the South Melbourne Markets – you'll hit the jackpot without ever having to roll the dice. And, with a prime position on the Yarra River, you're guaranteed a weekend of waterfront views.
If you're looking for a coastal stay, you can't go past St. Kilda. A stone's throw from the CBD, this port-side suburb puts a string of golden beaches on your doorstep, along with some of the city's most lively bars and pubs. Don't want to limit yourself to the shore? With trams and buses running day and night, you can get your city and seaside fix in one.
A known haven for hipsters, Fitzroy is the go-to spot for street art, cafés and second-hand boutiques in Melbourne, not to mention some of the city's best bars and nightclubs. Add to that a generous helping of restaurants, markets and pubs and you've got the perfect setting to enjoy Melbourne like a local.