Do you get stuck visiting the same places in Melbourne over and over? Or has it been a while since you spent a day in city? Bookmark these itinerary fillers and let us know what places you recommend for others spending a day in Melbourne’s central city.
Super early: Yoga and kayaking at sunrise
Greet the sun with a brief yoga session and a paddle down the Yarra River. The Yoga Sunrise Kayak Tour is suitable for all ages and you don’t need to be experienced in yoga or kayaking.
8am: Coffee and street art
Combine your street art fix with your caffeine fix and see how Hosier Lane changed overnight. Run by Youth Projects, Good 2 Go use their profits to support services for people experiencing homelessness. Through hospitality training, they also help young people overcome barriers and gain independence.
10am: Victorian high tea
Established in 1892, Hopetoun Tea Rooms is a Melbourne institution. With a window display that regularly stops passersby in their tracks, this historic slice of Block Arcade will give you plenty of Instagram material.
Plan B: Hopetoun’s a busy venue and you may run into a queue. You should have a few high tea spots in your back pocket: The Terrace at Royal Botanic Gardens and The Tea Room at National Gallery of Victoria are two more options.
12pm: Walk it off
Download one of the self-guided walking tour maps and explore laneways and arcades, scenic spots along the Yarra River or Melbourne’s parks and gardens. You’ll get plenty of ideas for a bite to eat along the way.
2pm: Alternative laneway art studio
It’s an art studio and ideas warehouse, with open and collaborative spaces for a community of artists. Blender Studios has been the home for many talented street artists, such as Heesco, HA HA and Rone. Make sure to add their Street Art Tours to your bucket list and really get to know Melbourne.
5pm: Pre-dinner drink in a hybrid space
Stop in for a pre-dinner drink with your bestie at Self Preservation. It’s a cafe and bar inside a jewellery store, inside an art gallery. You’ll be surrounded by original and affordable art and might just be inspired to take a piece home with you.
7pm: Dumplings for dinner
In an old alley arcade in Chinatown you’ll find ShanDong MaMa. They serve up yummy dumplings, quickly and cheaply. Try their vegan zucchini and tofu dumplings or their prawn and pork dumplings, pan-fried.
9pm: Late-night entertainment
From 10.30pm on Fridays, request your favourite song from the legendary piano man at The Butterfly Club’s Fab Fridays. Boney’s Monday to Saturday late-night entertainment includes local and international DJs and Speakeasy HQ has a few surprises for you with cabaret, burlesque, circus acts, jazz and comedy.
Bar Ampere is open until 3am every night, so if you get the munchies before you head home, do yourself a favour and drop in for fried saganaki and meat balls.
What city spots do you recommend in Melbourne?