Make a day of it: MPavilion

MPavilion 2015 2016

Looking for something different this summer? We recommend MPavilion

MPavilion is whatever you choose: an event hub, a meeting place, a temporary landmark, a spontaneous detour, a starting point.

Start with a morning meditation session or bring your four-legged friend to the Dog Meet and experience Melbourne from their eyes, ears and nose.

MPavilion morning meditation

Find peace of mind with morning meditation

The Kiosk opens at 10am and roasts coffee beans by locals, Allpress and First Press Coffee. Pick up a picnic kit or a sandwich made by Italian deli D.O.C. and take a lunchbreak away from the rush of the city.

Spend time weaving ribbon stars with the young people of Signal Summer or learn about the colourful science behind light.

Ribbon weaving at MPavilion

Ribbon weaving at MPavilion

Evenings are when the MPavilion comes to life, as the structure itself performs the Sunset Ritual each evening at dusk – an immersive experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Best of all – every event at MPavilion is free.

Make a day of it

There’s plenty to see and do within moments of MPavilion.

National Gallery of Victoria’s summer centrepiece is a contemporary art-lover’s dream: Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei exhibited together for the first time. NGV are staying open until 8pm throughout January to give you enough time to do it justice.

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei NGV

See the spectacular Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei at NGV

See Melbourne as the birds see it. A short stroll along the waterfront brings you to the Eureka Skydeck, where floor-to-ceiling windows offer uninterrupted panoramas of the city.

From 18 to 31 January, see the Australian Open Festival take over the waterside at Birrarung Marr or experience the tennis live in Melbourne Park. Relax with BearBrass’s dining and watertaxi service and travel in style to your seats at Rod Laver Arena!

Rod Laver Arena 21 January 2015

See tennis stars at the Australian Open. Photo credit: Ben Solomon

In February, spend an evening under the stars at the Sidney Myer free summer concert series. Lie back in the music bowl as sounds of summer (plus Dvořák, Tchaikovsky and friends) wash over you.

Quench your thirst

There’s no shortage of watering holes close by. Visit Melbourne institution, Ponyfish Island, for something refreshing mixed with 360-degree views of the Yarra or pop into Waterslide for their signature Wirth’s Circus cocktail (a combination of tequila and fresh pressed watermelon).

Ponyfish Island

Enjoy a drink in the middle of the Yarra at Ponyfish Island

If pop-ups are your thing, get to the Veuve Clicquot Airstream – located right outside Fatto Bar & Cantina – before it disappears on 31 January.

Veuve Clicquot Airstream

Visit the Airstream pop-up before 31 January

Refuel

Whether you want a snack or a three-course meal, there are plenty of gastronomic delights within a stone’s throw of the MPavilion. Keep it green and wander through Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens to a secluded treasure, The Terrace.

Find modern European cuisine and spectacular skyline vistas at The Deck in Southgate or take a walk along Southbank to Left Bank for relaxed and chic dining just metres from the river.

Relax by the river at Left Bank

Relax by the river at Left Bank

Hear Matthias Schack-Arnott, composer of the Sunset Ritual sound piece, describe his city.

Remember to please drink responsibly.