Melbourne: 24-hour itinerary
Explore the city's street-art hub in Hosier Lane
If you've just got a day in Melbourne, our Insider has put together the perfect itinerary just for you. Don't miss a thing!
A morning cuppa
Good coffee isn't in short supply in Melbourne
but you can't beat the science lab kookyness and extreme dedication to caffeine at Sensory Lab
. They'll graciously serve you a standard mellow, chocolaty latte, but are happiest when walking with you on the coffee wild side: single origin beans and siphon extraction methods.
Get ready for the great culture clash: time to choose between gallery hopping or tip-toeing the hallowed turf of the MCG
. If art's your thing, wind your way to Federation Square
to the Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia
At NGV, you'll find work from the colonial to the contemporary, and an impressive, often moving, permanent collection of Aboriginal works. The gallery's architecture is also stunning; glass shards cut through its concrete exterior to give you glimpses of the city, river and parkland beyond. Next door is the Australian Centre for the Moving Image<, better known as ACMI
. Just across Flinders Street, you'll find the city's street-art hub in Hosier Lane
Sports fans can opt for the National Sports Museum
tour. The museum brings Australia's long sporting heritage to life, and has halls of fame dedicated to both cricket and AFL.
Head to Birrarung Marr
for an impromptu gourmet picnic; Queen Victoria Market
. Then hop on the free Circle Tram
and loop the city, including Docklands
. It's a good way to get your bearings, do some passive sightseeing and ride a beloved vintage tram. Jump off at Flinders Street
Station and explore the shops of Degraves Street, Centre Place, the Block Arcade and Little Collins Street. The Royal Arcade's Koko Black
will relieve shopping fatigue with its Belgian hot chocolate, or grab an espresso at Melbourne's other cult coffee spot, Brother Baba Budan
Fashion for all
Continue to the GPO
, about as elegant as a shopping centre can hope to be, as are the reinvented laneways of QVB
. Fashion-forward types should pop down to Flinders Lane
Beer o'clock yet?
If it's a steamy night head to the Yarra
for something fizzy under the bluestone arches, then to Greg Malouf's MoMo
for headily glamorous Mod Middle Eastern dining. Chilly? Get cosy with a wine evergreen City Wine Shop
before yakatori and the glam basement bustle of Izakaya Den
After dinner, Curtin House
gives you three venues in one. Smart beer hall Cookie
(Level 1, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, phone 03 9663 7660) has an excellent wine selection and weekend DJs. Smouldering Toff in Town
is a civilised live music venue that's also known for its cocktails. Or take a peek at Melbourne's mini-Manhattan skyline while downing a cleansing ale at the often raucous Rooftop Bar
(Level 7, Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, phone 03 9654 5394).
"The Tan" does the trick
If early morning head clearing is in order, a turn around "the Tan" should do the trick. Fit Melbourne's favourite running track skirts the stately Botanical Gardens just across the river in South Yarra.
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