How much fun can you have for $10 these days? Quite a lot if you know where to find it. From cheap breakfasts and tasty Asian eats to free yoga, here’s the lowdown on the loose-change high life.
Tasty Asian eats
Yearning for delicious, budget Bangkok street food? Save on the airfare by heading to South Wharf’s BangPop, which does Thai hawker-style dishes at good prices. Especially on Tuesdays, when Pad Thai is only $9.90.
What about a plate of plump, steaming dumplings? You’ll get change from a tenner at Shanghai Dumpling House.
In the mood for Malaysian? Feast on fried tofu, nasi lemak or a filling rendang roll at Bababoi for $10. Badabing, badaboom, you got yourself a bargain, because with big lunches like these you won’t need much dinner.
Explore Melbourne Festival’s 1000 doors
From the team behind last year’s ‘House of Mirrors’ comes Melbourne’s latest mystery. 1000 doors is an unending maze of doors, portals and screens set to challenge even the best escape room master. Set up in the Arts Centre Melbourne forecourt, you’ll definitely need the daylight advantage for this one. Tickets are $10. Until Sunday 21 October.
Visit the Australian Music Vault
Like fresh-pressed vinyl, the Australian Music Vault has the scent of something new and exciting, as it only opened in December. This free, immersive exhibition celebrates contemporary homegrown music, and includes iconic objects from the Australian Performing Arts Collection. It’s got the stamp of approval from the likes of Archie Roach and Kylie, so you know it’s dope.
Breakfast at Bombini Buzz
Time your Vault visit around daily happy hour or Live and Local Friday drink specials next door at Bombini Buzz. Or start the day right with breakfast treat for under $10 – like a fresh cream cheese bagel from Glick’s or a packed bacon and egg roll complete with swiss cheese and hollondaise. Bonus: there’s a sweet riverside view of the city, including a close-up of Princes Bridge.
Espresso Martinis at Melbourne Public
You’ll feel sophisticated at op-shop prices with a $10 cocktail in hand. Try and espresso martini at Melbourne Public during their extra-long 4-7pm weekday happy hour. There’s also midweek margaritas at Hello José, or head to Hightail in Docklands on Wednesday night for free trivia and $9 pints..
Take dip at Carlton Baths
For just $5.80, spend an hour or a day at Carlton Baths’ outdoor pool. Kids entry is a mere $3.50, and under-fives – who will love playing in the new toddler pools – are free! You’ll still have change from a tenner for coffee at the beautiful, bustling Italian-style Brunetti Carlton cafe nearby.
$10 pizzas at Fatto Bar & Cantina
With yummy, crispy $10 pizzas and $5 Peronis, this casual Italian hits the spot rather than your wallet. Sit on Fatto Bar & Cantina’s riverside terrace and enjoy the fabulously free city view, including St Paul’s and Flinders Street Station. Even if you’re not decked out in Prada and Bulgari you’ll feel like a million dollars!
Happy hour at Father’s Office
This CBD bar has one of the best happy hours in town, hands down. Quality spirits: $7. Decent vino: $5. Schooners of beer and cider: $6. Plus, they have rather tasty bar snacks including $8 serves of chicken wings and $8 arancini balls, all day, every day. It gets better: Father’s Office happy hour is on 5-7pm and 8-10pm Monday-Saturday, and from 11am Sunday. Thanks, Dad, you’re the best!
Free yoga at MPavilion
Whether you’re seriously into yoga or just curious, don’t miss MPavilion’s bright and early sessions. They’re free and open to all – just BYO mat. How about a 60-minute mindful yoga flow led by teachers from mind-and-body studio Happy Melon. Or a 45-minute session of freestyle sequencing anchored in the traditions of yoga, led by teachers from contemporary dance company Chunky Move. Stretch out, lower your stress levels and improve your focus before the day has barely begun.
Explore the city with Melbourne Bike Share
Whether you’re a local without wheels or a visitor wanting to get around easily, Melbourne Bike Share is for you. Look for the racks of blue bikes around town and get yourself a day pass for $3 or $8 for a week. Hit the Capital City Trail, which takes in Melbourne highlights such as the Zoo, Southbank and Royal Botanic Gardens. Or follow the Yarra River to the bay along the Main Yarra Trail.