Luxury & boutique hotels
This pocket of Melbourne is as lively and dynamic as you’d expect of the central business district. Swing by the Town Hall and St Paul’s Cathedral (a worthy cousin to its London counterpart) to get an initial flavour for this historic and busy neighbourhood. The CBD is a paradise for lovers of classic architecture: the area on which the city was founded, it’s home to the two oldest parts of Melbourne, the Hoddle Grid and the Queen Victoria Market. It’s not all 19th-century sites, however: true to its name, the CBD is packed with slick city skyscrapers. Loosen your purse strings at Emporium Melbourne, then take a stroll in the landscaped Botanical Gardens before lunch in one of the CBD’s hip streetside cafés.