Melbourne can lay claim to the title of cultural capital of Australia. Communities of diverse ethnicities contribute to a vibrant choice of tucked-away cafes and restaurants – half the fun is finding these places. People come, too, for the buzzing arts scene, with everything on the menu from comedy shows to theatre and live music – not to mention Instagrammable street art lining Melbourne’s laneways. And if you’re too lazy to leave your room? We know the best hotels with balconied rooms from which to observe the Melbourne action – book with Culture Trip.