Hidden gems to visit in Docklands

From foodie faves and artisan bakeries, to secret snow carving and 3D art, here are some Docklands surprises you may not know about.

Mama Rumaan

Boasting a sun-soaked outdoor deck facing the city skyline, Mama Rumaan is undoubtedly one of Melbourne’s hottest hidden restaurants. Specialising in mouth-wateringly Middle Eastern cuisine, there are gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian-friendly dishes dotted throughout the menu. Don’t forget to order a cheeky cocktail or local wine.

Three plates of food sitting on a table

Mama Rumaan

Bar Nacional

Tucked behind one of the busiest corners in the city centre, Bar Nacional is a haven away from Melbourne’s business district. Under industrial yellow pillars, you’ll find a modern take on classic Spanish fare and a generous local and international wine list. Beer, cider and a compact range of cocktails will please a crowd.


One of the most popular pizza joints in Melbourne has opened a brand, spanking-new Docklands venue. A25 serves classic casual Italian dishes, including Nonna-style pillow-soft gnocchi and modern pizzas. Gluten-free and squid-ink bases are available for avid foodies.


Touch, feel and grab the camera at this unique, one-of-a-kind art gallery in Docklands. ArtVo is home to a permanent collection of over a hundred 3D artworks. Visitors are encouraged to take pictures and get creatively involved in art at this 1900 square metre museum.

A painting of a gorilla on a wall, and a group of people crouched against the wall making it look like they are in the Gorilla's hand.


Workshops at Library at the Dock

Library at the Dock isn’t your average library, and we’re not just talking about the million dollar view. Offering a roster of activities year-round, you can kick off your broadcasting career at their free podcast workshop,  take in early morning Tai Chi or even use the 3D printers for free – all a mere tram ride away from the CBD.


Nestled along the Yarra River, Saluministi are making sandwiches sexy again. They use only top-quality, handmade ingredients – breakfast and lunch rolls are generously crammed with creative items. Pick up freshly made bread with Nutella for breakfast, or grilled pork and fennel sausage sandwiches when lunchtime rolls around.

A barista behind the bench at a cafe


Mill & Bakery

This artisan bakery at Central Pier offers an assortment of fresh sandwiches, baguettes, scones, cookies, slices and sweet loaves. Boasting their own on-site mill, flour used to make the delicious breads, pastries and cakes is ground while you watch.

Ain’t snow party like a Docklands party

Whisk the family away to a snowy European winter at the District’s winter experience. There’s live ice carving, a virtual reality snowball slinger and even a snow play zone with real snow! On until 26 August.