Hit a market
This really is a must-do for all those visiting Melbourne for the first time. Saying that though, for all those Melbourne locals who have never bothered to wander down to their local, we say get out there! There are great treats to be found, and some of the best food of the city, both ready to go from vendors, amazing fresh produce and gourmet pre-made items that you can take home and pretend that you made.
The most famous market in the city is probably the Queen Victoria Market which is bounded by Peel, Franklin, Victoria & Elizabeth streets. One of our faves though, is the South Melbourne market on the corner of Coventry and Cecil streets. Here you will find some next level food. Keep your eyes peeled for Little Town Pie Co. if you’re after a proper Aussie meal experience.
Catch a flick at the Astor
Get lost in the laneways
This sounds like a rather ambiguous recommendation, but if you do even the smallest piece of research you will find that Melbourne’s laneways are an entity unto themselves, and have a well deserved reputation for providing visitors with the choicest food, drink and entertainment options in the city. Degraves Street is arguably one of the best. It’s a Parisien-looking lane that connects Flinders Lane and Flinders Street and boasts a bunch of cafés with on-street dining.
Go hot air ballooning
The great thing about hot air ballooning is that you never know where you’re going to start, or where your journey will take you, because of the weather conditions. If you can handle dragging yourself out of bed well before dawn, then the flight really is worth it. Unsurprisingly there’s not a lot of people around at sunrise, and drifting over the city in the dawn light feels surreal. By the time you bump gently to earth and head back into town for a spot of breakfast it’ll seem like a different city.
Have an AFL or cricket experience at the MCG
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Take a dinner cruise along the Yarra
If you want to experience Melbourne at night, treat yourself to a splendid dinner and take a tour all at once, then why not take to the water and enjoy a dinner cruise down the Yarra River? Hop on board a boat like the Spirit of Melbourne and coast along and take in the sights of the city at night while getting around some top-class cuisine. It’s a delightful ride and well worth the booking if you have someone to impress.
Take a day trip to the Yarra Valley
The cellar doors of the region’s famous wineries are open every weekend, and the winery restaurants are becoming some of the most sought-after dining destinations out of Melbourne. It might seem that this is the sort of thing you have to set a weekend aside to enjoy, but this lush and rolling country is less than an hours drive from the city. This means it is totally conceivable to duck out of work early after lunch in the summer and spend the afternoon sampling a few of the delicious varieties of wine in the region before heading to dinner at one of these fine dining establishments. So what are you waiting for?
Wander around Abbotsford Convent
Enjoy a cheeky cocktail at a hidden bar
Eau de Vie
Eat cheaply in Chinatown
If you’re in the mood for something exotic, and interpret that to mean you require a Chinese food fix, then the natural solution to the problem is to head to the red paifang arches in the centre of the city, at Little Bourke Street, and go for a wander in Chinatown. You should probably go anyway. Even if you’re not hungry you will be after a little while. And when you finally give in to the call of a basket of dumplings, you’ll find that your wallet is a happy chappy too. It’s here that you can find some of the tastiest and cheapest food in the city centre.