Melbourne's not a town of stunning vistas and must-do sights. But it's famous for taking the good life seriously. With this in mind, spend a few days getting into a Melbourne state of mind. First off, see every alley, basement or rickety flight of stairs as a potential new, hot bar, shop or art gallery. At the very least you'll discover some street art, even if it requires shimmying past skips and holding ones nose.
Next, get used to the cardigan, scarf and sunglasses shuffle: one comes off and the other goes on. Locals call it "layering". Crowded House wasn't being entirely metaphorical with its "four seasons in one day" line. Luckily, unpredictable weather is a great excuse to fill out your travel wardrobe with local pieces.
Finally, release your inner gourmand. Avoid anywhere that looks like a franchise or has laminated menus. If you don't know a gris from a grigio or a ristretto from a macchiato, don't be afraid to ask Melbournians love to proselytise. With these precepts in mind, get to know the city: explore the laneways, and shop-, cafe- and bar-hop.