Melbourne the World’s Most Liveable City – My Home

August 20, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

As if I didn’t already know but Melbourne is once again the world’s most liveable city. Having been born and bred in this city as well as travelling extensively around the world Melbourne holds a special place inside of me. To have it recognised, for the fourth year in a row, as being the best city in the world to live is evidence that I am not alone in expressing this sentiment.

Melbourne

Like every other city around the world Melbourne has its issues from traffic congestion right through to fanatically football supporters it is obviously doing something right to top the Economist Intelligence Units (EIU) Global Liveability Index ahead of 139 other cities. The index assessed Melbourne against five broad categories including, stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education and infrastructure and based on this it beat such strong competition as Sydney, London, New York and Paris to take out the title.

When asked Why Melbourne? Tourism Victoria responded with the following 15 additional reasons as to why Melbourne is the world’s undisputed most liveable city:

  1. Where you need to allocate a good ten minutes for a response to the question ‘where is good to eat?’
  2. Is one of the only cities in the world where the tram is a main form of transport, and is also a venue to wine and dine and hear live music.
  3. Is the only city in the world to hold five renowned international events in the same month: the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships, and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.
  4. Is the only city in the world that has five international standard sporting facilities (including four with retractable roofs), and all within walking distance of the city centre.
  5. Has a penchant for beards and baristas, especially when one is attached to the other – and the quest for the ‘God Shot’ (the perfect, divine espresso) is a serious pursuit.
  6. Makes you work for your reward. The best cocktail bars, shops, cafes, and galleries are often hidden down a series of laneways, behind an unmarked door, in a basement or on a rooftop.
  7. Has more music venues per capita than Austin, Texas.
  8. Where half of the population was either born overseas or has a parent who was, which means that there are few cuisines you won’t find.
  9. Is surrounded by such a diversity of wine regions that all varietals of wine can be made, and most are.
  10. Where when it comes to fashion, black is always the new black.
  11. Excels in reading and cycling – though not necessarily at the same time – being the second city in the world to be recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature and the second to be nominated a “bike city” by the UCI.
  12. Where art is everywhere – you can’t go far in the city without stumbling across a gallery, museum, installation or some of the world’s best street art. 
  13. Is home to the most controversial, or the most stunning Architecture feat –Federation Square -depending on which list you are reading.
  14. Calls for some serious retail therapy – the recent addition of Emporium Melbourne creates one of Australia’s largest retail precincts with more than 1,000 retailers within two city blocks.
  15. Is home to Australasia’s best restaurant and the 32nd best in the world – Ben Shewry’s Attica.

So as a proud Melbournian I can only sit back and agree, Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city.

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