Having a bad day? Want to get away? Want to explore alone? Or maybe you want to have a relaxing day with friends? Don’t fear! I’ll be your tour guide for today and I’m here to recommend to you four different hotspots in the city of Melbourne. These places are all worthy of easing your mind. So let yourself relax and allow your surroundings to do the thinking for you. With that being said, shall we begin the tour?
1. National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
Melbourne has been listed as the most liveable city in the world for seven years in a row. Known to have great cafés and coffees, Melbourne is also filled with creativity and a well-known art culture. Head down to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), the home of the greatest from both domestic and international artists. The ground level of the NGV has a huge space where you can sit down (or even lay down) to rest. You may also wish to go outside where there are comfortable bean bags and a neon pink car wash-inspired outdoor playground designed by M@ STUDIO Architects. Of course, you can relax your eyes through observing artworks by various artists around the world and educate yourself on the history of art and the artists behind these works.
The NGV is currently holding an exhibition called ‘Van Gogh and the Seasons’, exhibited from 28th April 2017 to 9th July 2017, so quickly buy a ticket and see the famous artist’s artworks right in front of your eyes!
📍 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006 (NGV International)
📍Federation square, The Ian Potter Centre: (NGV Australia)
2. Café Giraffe
This café is one of my favourite cafés to go to. Although the foods and beverages are average, it has an amazing atmosphere for studying or chilling with friends, or even when you’re by yourself. The café is filled with cute vintage decorations and a tree placed in the middle of the room with papers filled with handwritten quotes, messages or drawings hung on the branches. I definitely recommend you guys to come here if you want some time to yourself or have study dates. (We, as the members of Life’s Espresso, hold our meetings here!)
📍 302 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
3. The Little Library
This ‘Little Library’ is a perfect spot for all the bookworms out there. Buy a beverage, a cake, or any little refreshment you please and head down to The Little Library (it really is little!) in Melbourne Central. Quoted by the Melbourne Central site, “The mission of the Little Library concept is to promote literacy and the love of reading by offering a free book exchange.” Yes, you read it, “free book exchange”. Here, you can can borrow a book and return it, or swap the book you have borrowed with another book of your own.
📍 Level 2, Melbourne Central
4. Birrarung Marr Park
Birrarung Marr Park roughly translates to ‘side of a river’ in the language of the Wurundjeri people. The atmosphere is beautiful, especially on a sunny day. You will see cyclists and pedestrians passing by, even happy children playing on the playground. You may just take a nap, relax or have a picnic as well on the hill. You are able to hear various events held in Federation Square, as this park is not too far from it. This spot is great to do absolutely anything! Want to spend some time outdoors and vitamin D? Why not have a picnic here? Or just grab a book or drawing pad/sketchbook along with you? Bring some earphones so that you can listen to songs you enjoy when relaxing, or simply listen to the sounds around you. This park is entirely up to you!
📍Birrarung Marr, on the Yarra River’s north bank next to Federation Square.
Map of how to get to Birrarung Marr Park
Recommend some of your own getaway locations! If you have time to visit these places, comment down below this post and share what you do to ‘detox your mind’. What do you think of these places? Recommend some of your own getaway locations!