Top 10 Things To Do In Melbourne
I was born and bred a Sydney girl, but travelling back and forth between Sydney and Melbourne these last few months for work and visiting my boyfriend has made Melbourne feel more and more like home. It's made me unintentionally compare the similarities and differences between the two Australian cities, still leaving me undecided of where my heart truly belongs. If you're making your way down to Melbourne (for the first time or regular traveller) there's definitely a range of things not to miss out on to truly experience the culture!
Here's our top 10 things to do in Melbourne:
1. Live the market life at Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market is not only a great inner-city open air market to get lost in, but a historic landmark of Melbourne. You’ll find Australian fruit and veggies, local and imported gourmet food, cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs. The food here is my favourite! Wander around on a bustling weekend and get a taste of plenty things to pick up for a picnic, or try the bratwurst sausages (they’re so crispy and full of flavour!) for lunch on-the-go.
2. View the city from the top at Eureka Skydeck
Whenever I travel to a new destination one of the top things on my list is to feast my eyes on an incredible view. If it’s your first time traveling to Melbourne you’ll want to see the city from the Eureka Skydeck. Located on the southern banks of the Yarra river, it has floor-to-ceiling views of Melbourne's CBD, sports precinct, Port Phillip Bay, Docklands and everything in between. Prices for adults start from AUD$19.50 for a general admissions.
3. Discover the laneways
Melbourne’s infamous laneways, unlike Sydney, hold cafes, eateries, cosy little bars and one-off boutiques that nestle side-by-side in interconnecting laneways throughout the city. Hosier Lane is Melbourne's most iconic street art laneway where you’ll find the art constantly changing. For European-inspired cafes with indoor and al fresco dining, head to Degraves Street or Centre Place. There’s also Hardware Lane, between Bourke Street and Little Lonsdale Street, where you can find small boutique shops and more European-inspired cafes.
4. Drink coffee (really really good coffee)
Whether you enjoy it on your own with the paper/good book, catch up with friends or order it for afternoon fuel for the day, you won’t have any troubles finding a good cup of coffee in this city! Melbournians love coffee (and brunch!), and I can’t agree more when I hear Melbourne is often proclaimed as the world’s best place to have a cup of coffee. I’m not being bias but compared to every other destination I have travelled to, it’s been the best so far!Read more: A locals guide to Melbourne’s Addiction - 11 cafes to enjoy a good cup of coffee.
5. Experience the food culture
From laneway eats to boutique wine regions with a view, Melbourne is a city known for its foodie culture. Eating your way through a city is one of the best ways to experience it when traveling, and I can tell you that this city is pretty darn delicious! Even their upmarket Café Court in Emporium Melbourne is amazing, with food offerings like Jimmy Grants and the buzzing New Shanghai Restaurant that we got to experience on our last trip and loved every bite! Also, here’s a peek at 6 mouth-watering desserts you need to try in Melbourne, because if you don't know me already, I have a really big sweet tooth.
If shopping is on your list of things to do in Melbourne you’ll be in for a treat! There’s a great mix from thrift shop and markets to Australian and international labels that have made their way down under. Head to our Melbourne Travel Guide for more things to do, shopping (and packing) tips.
7. Chill out at Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach is a great way to take a refreshing break away from the city for a day, and always a lovely idea for when the sun is shining. Bring some snacks and chill out on the sand, dip your toes in the calm water, and don’t forget your camera to take some snaps of the cute and colourful bathing boxes.
8. Indulge in a winery day tour
Lovers of food and wine will be spoilt for choice on a trip to the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula. Because of the cool climate, they're best known for elegant pinots, chardonnays and sparkling wines. Visit and take a wine tour for a day - pairing wines perfectly with lunch - or splurge in an overnight luxury stay with picturesque mountain views and charming vineyards right at your door step.
9. Go on one of the worlds most scenic coastal drives
You won’t regret the early start after a day discovering the beautiful coastal views and regions of The Great Ocean Road. It’s one of the world's most scenic coastal drives where you’ll be able to witness the magical 12 Apostles, iconic surf breaks, waterfalls and so much more. I got to experience this on my partnership with Tourism Australia and STA Travel, every bit of it was breathtaking.
10. Try something really unique
For something a little different, Lime & Tonic put together a range of truly unique experiences for each city. They’ve recently launched in Melbourne and already have a bunch of exciting things to do including this cool Secret Laneway Dinner in collaboration with some of our friends from IDES. Do you have any tips on things to do in Melbourne? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear them!Sign up to The Love Assembly newsletter for more travel tips & follow us on Pinterest!