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Address: Swanston St. between Collins St. and Flinders La., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Not much to see

City Squares are normally quite grand but this was a bit disappointing. Admitedly they were dismantling the Christmas decrations when I visited but it still doesn't resemble much... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Dorsetbruce
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Poole, United Kingdom

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Poole, United Kingdom
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680 reviews
417 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

City Squares are normally quite grand but this was a bit disappointing. Admitedly they were dismantling the Christmas decrations when I visited but it still doesn't resemble much of a square just a continuation of Swanston Street. Not worth a special visiit.

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Thank Dorsetbruce
Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed my time spent with coffee and cake. I could laze my days away here. Come and have lunch or a nice coffee. You gotta come here

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Thank Renea82
Melbourne, Australia
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664 reviews
457 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

The so called "City Square" is not really a square, it's not really anything. It is not really big enough to warrant the name "City Square." It does, however, have some good cafes.

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Thank Jeffry B
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

City square has been decorated with pretty light and ornaments for Christmas season. There are couple events going on. Make sure you stop by in front of city council building to see Christmas animation. Shows every 20mins starts at 9pm

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Thank Yuliana J
Bangkok
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180 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

An area where you can just sit down and rest you tired feet during a walking tour of the city. A good place to enjoy a drink and snack to watch the world go by...

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Thank Sarakit C
Rugby, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Great area to eat and people watch on a warm evening. We enjoyed watching families and office workers relax while eating a great meal in one of the many eateriues

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Thank GillandAudrey
Melbourne, Australia
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608 reviews
174 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Various City Councils spent decades trying to work out how best to use this space. The cry was always... "it's got to be a space for people to meet and congregate - somewhere quiet and peaceful". So how did we end up with this hard-surfaced, noisy & grubby space surrounded by ugly cafe's and filled with skateboards and discarded coffee... More 

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Thank panther029
Melbourne
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880 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 431 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Before Federation Square was built the City Square was the city's central piazza. it is bordered by Swanston and Collins Streets, Flinders Lane and the Westin Hotel, the square is at times used for festivals and events, and has cafes, grassed areas and seating for people who pass by. It has a statue of Burke and Wills and also the... More 

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Thank Natalie1964
Dubbo, Australia
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78 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was basic. There were a few buskers in the street that were good and entertaining. It was very clean. Not enough information to know where to go.

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Thank Jennifer F
Melbourne, Australia
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

There was a time - way before Trip Advisor - when the City Square was THE place to meet up with friends. It would also be the place to gather to ring in the New Year, or even watch the Grand Final on a huge screen (think it was VFL back then!). Sadly, those days are gone, overshadowed by Fed... More 

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Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.