Five places to hibernate

Winter has well and truly set in across Melbourne, and finding a warm spot to hibernate is not just a nice idea, it’s a necessity.
Whether you’re looking for a cosy spot to sit for a few moments or a quiet place to get away from the everyday, here are some of Melbourne’s best places to channel your inner caveman.
A Staple Space
There’s a quiet revolution taking place above the city streets at A Staple Space, a wellness centre and sanctuary open to people from all walks of life. A Staple Space offers mini aromatherapy relaxation massage treatments, a range of on-site therapies, quick and healthy meals and, most importantly, a place to just chill.
Mingary – The Quiet Place
Located on the Russell Street side of St Michael’s Uniting Church is this peaceful sanctuary that welcomes all, regardless of their beliefs. Opened in 1999, Mingary offers an escape from the hectic demands of city life – a haven for those who want to sit and reflect or just get away from it all.

Exterior of Mingary – The Quiet Place.

Find some peace at Mingary – The Quiet Place


Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory
Home to five different floral exhibitions each year, the Conservatory at the Fitzroy Gardens is a Spanish Mission-style building from the 1930s that offers a quiet, warm space to enjoy nature. Take a break and smell the roses.
JFK memorial garden and pond, Treasury Gardens
One of the lesser-known quiet spots is tucked away in the Treasury Gardens, and offers a reflective space and memorial to the late US President John F. Kennedy. A Japanese pond and gardens surrounds a bronze bust of JFK, erected in 1965, two years after his assassination.
Japanese gardens and memorial to JFK at the JFK Memorial Garden.

Pay tribute to a great leader at the JFK Memorial Garden


State Library Reading Room
There’s no better place in Melbourne to sit in complete silence with a crowd of like-minded people than the La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria. One of the city’s most iconic buildings offers a space to read under its incredible domed ceiling. It’s possibly the most Melbourne thing you can do.
Where’s your secret spot to chill in the CBD?