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Located on the banks of the Yarra River, the city was built with the vast wealth generated from nearby goldfields, and the grand old Victorian buildings from this era are an integral part of the urban fabric. The well-ordered grid and more than 230 laneways that penetrate into the heart of the city blocks recall neighborhoods in Paris and New York. Wander the narrow lanes and discover the true spirit of the city, with its world-class restaurants, bars and street art. Dynamic and cosmopolitan, Melbourne boasts a flourishing foodie scene and a dizzying array of hip bars, cafes, restaurants, clubs and festivals. Food and coffee have been obsessions here for decades. Find Vietnamese food on Victoria St in Richmond, old-school Italian on Lygon St in Carlton, Jewish bakeries in Balaclava, Middle Easter in Brunswick, African in Footscray, and all manner of Asian cuisines in Chinatown. Gritty, multicultural and stylish, Melbourne is Australia's most effortlessly cool city. 

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