Eight ways to start your weekend right

If your mind and body need some weekend rejuvenation, wind up your wellness with these energising activities.

Yoga

No longer the domain of patchouli-scented hippies, yoga is a fantastic way to get body and soul back into balance. Try Restorative Yin-Style Yoga at Kensington Neighbourhood House, where a harp player ensures the ultimate in zen vibes. Or ramp it up a notch with mat or aerial classes at Little Mandarin Yoga in the Nicholas Building.

People doing yoga using hammocks hanging from the ceiling

Little Mandarin Yoga

Running Tours Melbourne

We’ve all heard of walking tours, but did you know you can tour and run? Sign up for a Laneways Discovery Tour to see the city’s iconic byways on a two-hour jog. From street art in Hosier Lane to the bustle of Chinatown, these daily tours explore architecture, history and more. A coffee in Degraves Street makes for a perfect finish. Or, book for their Yarra Sunrise Tour for an invigorating early morning run through picturesque parkland.

A girl running in a park

Take a running tour through Melbourne’s picturesque parklands and laneways

Queen Victoria Market Wellness Trail

Queen Victoria Market has made it super-simple to be healthy with a new map of the many wellness offerings on-site. The self-guided Market Wellness Trail leads you past organic meat, groceries and eggs, as well as preservative-free juices and Fairtrade coffee. Pick up some coconut moisturiser and body scrub and finish with a massage at Dr Shen.

A pile of different vegetables

Pick up organic meat, groceries and eggs at Queen Victoria Market

Boyd Summer Park

The new City Road pop-up park has a host of free activities to keep you moving on the weekend. Boyd Summer Park: Splash Yoga runs until April 22, and brings water into the practice for cooling fun. Or try Boyd Summer Park: Sunday Sport for Families, which brings kids and parents together in exciting team games that change weekly.

Bike tours

Cycling is one of the best ways to get to know a city, and a guided bike tour will help you get your bearings in no time. Melbourne at a Glance Bike Tours are just two hours long and provide the perfect introduction. Routes can take you through the arts precinct, along the Yarra River, or up Lygon Street’s Little Italy. Or try Melbourne By Bike tours, a small group, personalised five-hour jaunt that includes lunch.

Get fit and explore the city on two wheels

Art as Therapy

As the pace of life speeds up, art can be a great way to slow down. Kensington Neighbourhood House’s Art as Therapy classes help you connect to the here and now by creating a beautiful artwork. Learn to mix and apply colour to canvas, and bring some brightness into your world.

Food that’s good

Mindful eating is easy at Calia, where the Japanese fusion menu boasts the freshest premium produce available. Purists should go for the chirashi, a platter of gem-like sashimi. Or try the ochazuke, sustainably caught salmon in a dashi tea broth.

At Raw Trader, dessert guilt is banished with a range of paleo-style treats that eschew gluten, dairy and refined sugars. Pick up a pack of their house granola or nut mixes, or try a cheeky slice of blueberry cheesecake.

Pub grub never looked as healthy as the meals at Green Man’s Arms. The vegetarian and vegan dishes take their cues from Israeli cuisine – think vibrant salads, house-made felafel and grilled flatbreads. Plus, there’s kombucha on tap.

Chopsticks picking up sushi in a bowl

Calia

Walking tours

Melbourne has heaps of walking tours to choose from and they’re a great way to see the city in a new light. Paid tours include an art tour, cafe tour and the tour that started Melbourne’s love of laneway exploration, Hidden Secrets’ Original Lanes and Arcades Walk. where shaking your booty is part of the fun.

Or join a free walking tour to iconic locations such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Parliament House or State Library.