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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
If pop-ups are your thing, get to the Veuve Clicquot Airstream – located right outside Fatto Bar & Cantina – before it disappears on 31 January.
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.
Hear Matthias Schack-Arnott, composer of the Sunset Ritual sound piece, describe his city.
Remember to please drink responsibly.