Sunday, 6 August 2017

The Main Attractions of Federation Square

Federation Square is a prominent feature on Melbourne city tours, partly because it is an iconic meeting place, and partly because it has a whole host of attractions that are perfect for getting to know the personality and charm of the city itself.

Here, locals and tourists alike meet to check out the foodie hangouts and the many arts and cultural events that take place throughout the year. Situated just across from the historic and impressive Flinders Street Station, the square boasts a unique aesthetic that has planted it as an important hotspot in the city. 

So, if you find yourself exploring the area, be sure to check out the Square’s best-loved attractions. 

The Ian Potter Centre
Set towards the back of the square, this attraction is renowned for its collection of Australian art. In fact, it was the very first gallery dedicated solely to showcasing works from artists from Australia, and now has more than 25,000 different works in its collection. 
Art lovers will enjoy the permanent exhibitions, which display work by local artists as well as Indigenous artists from around the country. 

Continuing the cultural streak, the Australian Centre for Moving Image is a must-visit for those looking to explore the creative side of Melbourne. Here, you can explore displays about film, TV, and gaming, or watch a documentary in the in-house cinema.
Screen Worlds, its permanent exhibition is well worth a visit, while the touring exhibition space often has a range of one-off displays. 

Cultural Events
Melbourne is a hive of cultural activity, and Federation Square marks one of the most popular locations for these events to be held. 

The Food
Foodies can rejoice, too, as there are plenty of delicious hotspots to try out in the square. It boasts an eclectic collection of cafes, bars, and restaurants that serve cuisines from all over the world – whether you fancy Japanese, Italian, Chinese, or traditional Australian food, Federation Square has you covered. 

Federation Square Book Market
If you didn’t know already, Melbourne is a UNESCO City of Literature, which means books make up a large part of its past. The city’s biggest and most popular book market takes place every Saturday at Federation Square in the Atrium. Here, you can browse stalls piled high with classic reads and modern-day works. While you browse, you can listen to music from local buskers and enjoy shows from entertainers.

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