Melbourne is a beautiful coastal city on the Yarra River. Its bustling city centre has many charming old buildings, thousands of restaurants and coffee shops and plenty of cultural events, performed on the banks of the Yarra River and city streets.
Our Melbourne Musts:
Besides spending hours wondering around this beautiful city, here are a few of the things that we think you must to do when visiting Melbourne.
1. Dinner and a walk along the Yarra River
Walking along the banks of the Yarra River in the evening is just magical, with all the lights, restaurants and the festive vibe. There is a wide array of restaurants to choose from, ranging from top end with world-famous chefs to casual and cosy. Make sure you see the Gas Brigade show along Melbourne’s Southbank where 8 towers shoot the world’s largest fireballs into the night’s sky.
2.Visit the Queen Victoria Market
Never have I ever seen such a wide variety of fresh produce, fresh meats, cheeses, cured meats and baked goods at a market before. Everything looks so fresh and tasty! You can pick up some good deal’s at the end of the day, when store holders shout out reduced prices, trying to get rid of the stock for the day. A great spot for some coffee and a pastry to snack on. Click here to see their opening hours.
3. Street art in Hosier Lane
Melbourne is one of the world’s great street art capitals, there are many areas around the city where this expression of art is displayed for all to see, at approved outdoor locations. Hosier Lane is a great little lane where you can view this for yourself and watch some of the artists work.
4. Drinks at a roof top bar
Melbourne has many roof top bars, most of them with great views of the city from above. We visited two roof top bars, The Imperial Hotel Rooftop Bar in Bourke Street which has a great view of the Parliament building, yummy bar food and good selection of drinks. The second roof top bar we visited was Madame Brussels which is described as “a rather fancy garden party”, here you will find a vast menu of cocktails, wines and bubbles. If you want to do a rooftop bar crawl, then take a look here for some more ideas.
5. Eat Italian in Lyon Street
For great Italian food, you need to go to Lygon Street, where you will be spoilt for choice and will not be disappointed. This is another festive area with many great Italian restaurants, all opening up onto the leafy green street. Walk down the street and take a look at the menus and restaurants and choose one that suits your budget and mood.
6. A walk along the beach front and coffee in St Kilda
Melbourne city centre is a short walk or a quick bus ride from the beach. A stroll along the beach front will clear your head and transport you away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. After your walk, pop in at St Kilda for a coffee, a suburb right next to the beach with many coffee shops and bakeries to choose from (and after your walk, you deserve a slice of cake!)
7. Take a ride on the Free City Circle Tram
A great way to see the city for free, you can hop on and hop off at any of the stops around the city, or just stay seated and go around and around until your’re satisfied that you have seen all you need to see. Look out for the old heritage trams decorated in maroon and green with gold and yellow trimmings.
Melbourne is another lovely city of Australia with plenty to do and see, whether you enjoy the great outdoors or the hustle and bustle of a city. It is also a great base point if you want to travel to the nearby towns and sights.