TOPS AGAIN!

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St Kilda Pier and Pavilion.

St Kilda Pier and Pavilion.
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Melbourne has been voted the world’s most livable city for the fourth consecutive year. We tell you why.

Words GRACE CHOI
Images VISIONS OF VICTORIA

Melbourne, Australia has again been recognised as the best city in the world to live, topping the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index for the fourth year in a row.The EIU’s Liveability Ranking assesses living conditions in 140 cities across the globe by assigning a rating across five broad categories, including: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

The accolade comes on the back of the recent Condé Nast Traveller reader’s choice award naming Melbourne as the world’s ‘friendliest city’, and that’s not all, here are eight more reasons why Melbourne is the world’s undisputed most liveable city.

1. ‘Where’s good to eat?’ is a misnomer.

Melbourne is a melting pot of cultures, a fact reflected in its restaurants, cafes and bistros. Whether you’re after modern, traditional, exotic or homespun flavours – Melbourne’s eclectic dining scene offers a startling array of the world’s great cuisines, from popular favourites to the truly groundbreaking. Plus, you don’t always need a stash of cash to eat well in Melbourne. There are also many affordable restaurants.to treat your tastebuds without testing your credit limit.

2. Where the tram takes you places.

How cool is it to commute on a character-filled tram? Melbourne has the third largest tram network in the world and maintains an amazing 245 kilometres of double track. Although the City Circle tram is the only one using original trams full of the city’s charming past (and rides are free!), other tram rides are equally charming and pleasurable. And, don’t miss out on the Colonial Tramcar for onboard dining!

3. Green, gorgeous parks and gardens.

With the nickname ‘The Garden City’, it’s no surprise the city has some pretty spectacular parks and gardens. Melbourne’s picturesque green spaces all have a colourful story to tell and, they’re close to the CBD, too. Each provides varied opportunities for play and picnic, and other leisure pursuits for a relaxing time away from the busy schedule.

4. There’s always a reason to celebrate.

The city is a real hub for festivals. There’s always something going on in Melbourne, whether it’s film, comedy, arts, music or design. Worth noting are the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the food festival.

5. The ultimate sports city.

Melbourne delivers an event for every kind of sports lover. The city continues to host the annual Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and the Australian Open Tennis – the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. There is also the Australian Rules Football (AFL), the Motorcycle Grand Prix and cricket.

6. It’s a city of culture.

As one of seven UNESCO Cities of Literature, Melbourne’s literary heritage and culture is internationally recognised. White Night, for example, transforms the city’s landscape into a canvas for a variety of experiences. There are art installations, design and theatre performances all throughout the year.

7. Where art is everywhere.

You can’t go far in the city without stumbling across an installation or some street art at every corner. From stencils, paste-ups, murals and more, there are many hidden art works tucked especially around Melbourne’s famous arcades and laneways.

8. Where a good cup is never far.

It’s the global capital of coffee and Melbourne shows no sign of slowing down. The mastery in which each barista handles the beans to produce the best brew is a study in art and perfection. The city keeps raising the bar with how coffee is sourced and how they’re being brewed. There’s never a ‘bad coffee’. Just plenty of good choices.

 

Royal Brunei Airlines flies Melbourne daily.

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