Magical places to watch the sunset in Melbourne

Whether it’s over a bowl of noodles, a beer by the river or to the soundtrack of local live musicians, there’s many ways to experience a stunning Melbourne sunset. If you love to capture the moment, as well as experience it, grab your camera, and head to these photogenic hot spots.

Night Noodle Markets

The Night Noodle Markets are back, bringing tantalising aromas and a colourful festival atmosphere to Birrarung Marr. Entry is free to this much-loved event with tunes, glittering city views and an Asian hawker-style market’s buzz. There’s so much more than noodles on offer, from dumplings and satay skewers to gelato and waffles. Thursday 8 to Sunday 25 November.

A crowd of people sitting on a grassy hill with the sun setting and skyscrapers in the background

The Night Noodle Market is back at Birrarung Marr until 25 November. Photo: Good Food Month

Evening walks

If you’ve been put off by the early darkness of winter, fear no more. Mother nature’s extending her hours and offering a bit of extra sunshine after 5pm. Stroll with a work friend through Fitzroy Gardens, catch the sunset over Princes Bridge or just take a moment to enjoy the flora of Queen Victoria Gardens.

Fed Square Live

Take in a spot of free music at Fed Square as the weather warms up and the sun stays out. Featuring acts like Stonefield and Roger Knox, this free concert series runs Fridays until 21 December.

A crowd of people sitting on deckchairs in a city square watching a concert

Fed Square Live

Arbory Afloat

Arbory Afloat is back and better than ever. This Mediterranean-inspired alfresco haven is perfect for enjoying that post-work twilight. The buoyant bar’s food has class (think local calamari and ‘Torta Della Nonna’ – Italian custard pie), while their drinks chase the sun, from Prosecco to watermelon sangria. Order like you’re on holiday and watch the evening drift by.

Summer Night Market

International street food, cool drinks, 100-plus curated stalls (ideal for fun Christmas shopping), live entertainment and party lights. Yes, the Summer Night Market is back! Tasty new traders at Melbourne’s Wednesday evening summer essential include Colombiantojos for traditional Colombian treats. Wednesday nights, 5pm to 10pm starting 21 November.

A crowd of people walking, talking and eating under fairy lights at night in an outdoor market

Summer Night Market

Friday night fiestas at MPavilion

Who doesn’t want to spend a few hours at the end of the week sipping drinks in the Queen Victoria Gardens? MPavilion, back with a stunning new design, becomes an open-air hangout for its Friday night fiestas. Local music, happy hour specials, garden views, late afternoon sunlight that slips into magical twilight – it’s the perfect post-work knock-off.

Drinks and dinner by the waterside

As Spring continues and daylight savings kicks in, sunsets just keep getting later and later. Pick a waterside spot for dinner or drinks like FattoRiverlandPonyfish Island or The Boatbuilders Yard and get a free show courtesy of the setting sun.

People sitting at outdoor tables under grapevines in a restaurant at sunset

Fatto