Melbourne is made for winter

It’s a time to indulge in hearty meals at cosy restaurants, walk in the rain and jump in puddles, gaze at fireworks in Docklands and check out the latest exhibitions and winter festivals. Melbourne is filled with events for foodies and sports fans, with fun for the family and, truly, anything and everything to keep you busy and warm during the months ahead.

Queen Victoria Night Market

What the city is telling you is that there’s no reason to stay cooped up inside all winter. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Eat: Hearty winter soups

Mill & Bakery is worth seeking out. Everything in this artisanal bakery is made on the premises; from pastries to quiches and delicious sweet treats. Survive cooler temperatures with hearty soups, such as their carrot and cumin–served with house-made bread, for only $8.50 takeaway.

Drink: Hot Chocolate

Treat yourself at Ganache with a warming winter brew and then treat yourself a little more with a side of pralines and gateau.  Their specialty chilli hot chocolate is a must-try and you get to choose your tolerance.

See: Light in Winter Festival

A celebration of art, music and culture in the heart of the city, The Light in Winter brings together local and international artists at Federation Square for free performances and exhibitions. Don’t miss the world premiere laser installation by UK light artist, Chris Levine.

Visit: Winter Night Market

Make a night of it as the Winter Night Market returns for another season. Warm yourself with crackling fires and mulled wine, and eat your fill from over 30 street food stalls. There is free entertainment, too, including live music, stilt walkers, and demonstrations from Melbourne’s finest artisans.

For more info and to gather plenty of inspiration to get you out and about in the city this winter, check out our Winter Guide.