Melbourne is one of the greatest cities in the world. There’s always a laneway to explore or a new cafe to try. @KnowingMelbourne gives you tips on all the best Melbourne eats and other activities around town.
Need a coffee fix?
Axil Coffee Roasters, 565 Bourke St
Bonnie Coffee, 5/495 Collins St
Rustica, Rialto Towers, 525 Collins St
Merchant Osteria Veneta, 495 Collins St
Rustica, Rialto Towers, 525 Collins St
Beatrix, 688 Queensberry St, North Melbourne – worth the trip!
Lune Croissanterie, Shop 16, 161 Collins St (enter via Russell St)
Hopetoun Tea Rooms, The Block Arcade, 1-2/282 Collins St
Le Petit Gateau, 458 Little Collins St
Brunetti, Level 3, Myer store, Bourke St Mall, or 250 Flinders Ln
Dinner after the Welcome Reception?
Miznon, 59 Hardware Ln
Rosa’s Canteen, Little Bourke St & Thomson St
Ombra, 76 Bourke St
Tipo 00, 361 Little Bourke St
+39 Pizzeria, 362 Little Bourke St
Movida Aqui, NAB building, 1, 500 Bourke St
French Saloon, First Floor, 46 Hardware Ln
Catch up with friends and colleagues before the CORO dinner at Longsong?
Siglo, Second Floor, 161 Spring St
The Melbourne Supper Club, First Floor, 161 Spring St
Romeo Lane, 1A Crossley St
Bomba, Rooftop, 103 Lonsdale St
Trunk Bar & Restaurant, 275 Exhibition St
Good Heavens, Level 2/79 Bourke St
1806, 169 Exhibition St
Lunch or dinner whilst you’re in town?
Fancy Hanks, 1/79 Bourke St
Cumulus Inc, 45 Flinders Ln
Tonka, 20 Duckboard Pl
San Telmo, 14 Meyers Pl
Gazi, 2 Exhibition St
A quick bite on the run?
Saluministi, 892 Bourke Street, Docklands, and 388 Flinders Ln
Earl Canteen, 567 Collins St
Here for the weekend?
Drop in to Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula for some cool climate wine tasting or a long lunch. Only an hour's drive from Melbourne this area is packed with wineries, producers and makers. Taste your way around the Peninsula at boutique cellar doors and some fabulous winery dining. My top recommendations are:
Point Leo Estate - which also features a picturesque sculpture park overlooking Westernport Bay
Or, one hour in the opposite direction, the Yarra Valley is probably Victoria's best known winery region producing some of Australia’s finest pinot noir and sparkling wines. A few "must-do's" whilst you are there:
Tarrawarra (also home to an amazing contemporary art gallery)
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Yarra Valley Dairy
De Bortoli Wines
After some country air . . .?
Why not visit Daylesford, an historic spa town in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. With a vast array of boutiques, antique shops, gourmet restaurants, luxury accommodation and spa treatments, Daylesford is the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Enjoy lunch or dinner at Sault or the Lake House, a soothing massage in Hepburn Springs, and a peaceful walk through the leafy Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens.
A weekend in the city?
Melbourne is an easy city to navigate, particularly if you want to explore the famous laneways, markets and arcades on foot.
The beauty of Melbourne is just as much about what you can't see, as what you can! If you are spending more time in Melbourne, we highly recommend one of the specialist walking tours on offer from Hidden Secrets or one of the many other providers recommended on the tourism websites.
Trams will help you see most of the city's attractions, sporting venues and shopping destinations, as well as exploring the myriad of picturesque parks and gardens. Best of all, tram travel is FREE within the CBD and Docklands - you don't need to buy a Myki card!
A few highlights for you to consider: the MCG Tour, The Shrine of Remembrance in the Botanic Gardens (pop in to Jardin Tan for tea!), Queen Victoria Market (check opening times), Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Immigration Museum, ACDC Lane & Duckboard Place, State Library Museum, shopping at The Emporium, plus shows and theatres galore. You might find the following websites helpful in making the most of your time in Melbourne.
Photographs courtesy of Visit Victoria | Josie Withers | Robert Blackburn