There are really only two cities in the running to take out this title – for brevity, let’s call them Style and Substance – and every year, they arrive at the top of this category in one of two orders.

This year, as is the case almost every year, Melbourne has come out on top, which tells us that when it comes to a city holiday, your idea of a great time involves a sprinkling of culture, a large dose of caffeine, a good spot of walking and some time accidentally spent getting lost in a laneway.

Melbourne, you might not have an iconic harbour, and your climate isn’t always ideal, but Australia loves you wholly and unreservedly, and there are at least 100 good reasons for that (that’s the approximate number of bars in the CBD).

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