Melbourne has been rated the most liveable city in the world for five years in a row now, making me feel incredibly lucky to call it home. While I love travelling to new cities, I have a newfound appreciation for my own city, because there is just so much on offer. So here is my ultimate guide to Melbourne, with a mixture of my favourite things to see and do in Melbourne!
Peninsula Hot Springs
Approximately 1.5 hours out of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is home to the Peninsula Hot Springs, a relaxing oasis that is sure make you leave feeling relaxed and stress free. Offering private and public bathing, spa treatments and dining options, there is sure to be an experience to suit everyone’s taste! I usually go for the public bathhouse option and take around three hours to explore and relax in all the different pools. Ensure you make your way to the top pool for a breathtaking view!
You are sure to find many restaurants in Chinatown offering cheap, delicious dumplings and BYO. One of my favourites is Shanghai Dumplings in Tattersalls Lane, which has an all you can eat option upstairs. I wouldn’t expect great service, but for the price you pay ($15) you really can’t beat it.
A short tram ride from the CBD, there are tons of cool, quirky bars and eateries along Brunswick street. Many of these are vegan, with cuisines ranging from Vietnamese to Mexican. Check out Vegie Bar, Naked for Satan, Bimbo Deluxe and Donut Time for a sweet treat!
Hosier Lane – This lane way is a Melbourne must see with its colourful, ever-changing graffiti murals. A short walk from Flinders street station, spend a while perusing the beautiful murals before heading up to Flinders Lane to one of its popular eateries such as Chin Chin or Fonda.
St Kilda beach
Whilst it’s not the nicest beach you’ve ever seen, it’s got a cool vibe and is great to visit for a dip or even just to people watch while soaking up the sun. Only a 15-20 minute tram ride from the CBD, you can also head down to see historic Luna Park before grabbing a bite to eat on Acland Street.
Shopping at Emporium + Melbourne Central
These two shopping precincts are right next to each other, connected by an indoor pedestrian bridge. Emporium is more upscale with a great food court upstairs to keep you from going hungry, while Melbourne Central is a central hub with more affordable shops, cinemas, bars and a train station. Don’t miss the iconic clock tower in the middle for a great photo opportunity.
Grab a coffee in one of the lane ways
I’m not a coffee drinker but I’ve heard that Melbourne coffee is among the best in the world so why not give it a try and see how it lives up to the hype!?
Eat a burger!
I realise that burgers are America’s thing, but we suddenly have heaps of specialty burger cafes popping up all over the place. Check out 8bit, Easey’s or YOMG for some totally insta worthy eats.
Queen Vic Market
A short walk from Melbourne central, this market is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Open Tuesday and Thursday through to Sunday, there are tons of fresh produce stalls and specialty shops to browse. On Wednesday nights during the summer and winter months check out the lively night market, which has delicious food, quirky gifts and live music.
Go bar hopping!
Melbourne has tons of cool bars to explore, some of which are tucked away in lane ways, or high above the street. There’s even a bar made completely from ice! A few of my recent favourites are Fathers Office, Asian Beer Café and Rooftop bar. Also check out The Croft Institute and Madame Brussels.
Have a meal on Lygon Street
The closest thing to Italy right here in Melbourne. Soak up the atmosphere by sitting alfresco for dinner on a warm summer night before heading to one of the gelato shops for dessert.
It may not be as cool as Vegas but Crown Casino is the place to be if you want to play some blackjack, roulette or even the good old pokies. Apart from losing all your money gambling, Crown is a massive complex with hotels, cinemas, restaurants, shops and even a massive amusement centre downstairs which is sure to please both adults and kids!
The best meal of the day in Melbourne, there are plenty of awesome cafes serving brunch with a twist. Some popular places to try are Top Paddock, The Kettle Black or Lights in the attic.