Seven ways to show off Melbourne in style

Got the whole extended family (we’re sending prayers your way) or your favourite Sydney-fied foodie staying for the weekend? Here’s how to impress when they come to Melbourne.

Drinks in high style

For cocktails with an unbeatable view, you can’t go past the Lui Bar. Nestled next to Vue de Monde on the 55th level of the Rialto building, it’s an unmistakably unique drinking experience. Another option is the rooftop bar at QT Melbourne, which has already established itself as one of the best drinking holes in Melbourne.

Picture of a bar with lots of spirit bottles on one side. in the background you can see a man standing against the window which shows a sunset

Enjoy drinks with a stunning view at the Lui Bar.

Harrolds womenswear

Having just undergone a major expansion, Harrolds Australia luxury department store now offers the finest curation of international fashion for women. Explore the ground floor, now dedicated to womenswear, with the introduction of world-class store-in-stores from Balenciaga and Tom Ford. Then discover the newly-opened lower ground floor, which houses contemporary menswear and womenswear within 450 square metres. Highlights include Australia’s first and only Stella McCartney store-in-store (coming soon), iconic shoe brand, Manolo Blahnik and streetwear inspired label, AMIRI.

A dressing room in a department store, with the curtains drawn so you can see inside. Two clothing racks on either side.

The V.I.P styling suite at Harrolds Australia

Dessert dreams come true

If your special visitors consider dessert the main event of the day, Om Nom is the spot for them. Pink-tinged lights and a whimsical, fantasy-inspired interior greet sweet-toothed guests. Book in for high tea filled with bubbles and delicate canapés, or skip savouries altogether, with the dessert degustation.

Dinner by Heston

If your team is really willing to commit to #foodielife, Dinner by Heston is the place. Choose from the DIY à la carte menu or let their expert team curate your visit with a set five-course lunch or chef’s table selection (groups only).

Hidden Secrets tour

Melbourne’s original laneway tour operators, Hidden Secrets have been running walking tours since before it was a booming industry. Choose the original Melbourne Lanes and Arcades Tour to weave your way through Melbourne’s famous and lesser-known nooks and crannies.

Two people walking through a laneway with lots of street art

Take a Hidden Secrets tour and discover Melbourne’s laneways.

Luxury bowling at Kingpin Crown

Kingpin is Crown’s newly-opened entertainment venue with over 150 arcade games, golden bowling balls and a special on-site restaurant. Enjoy flawless cocktails, tasty bar food and laser tag, along with traditional bowling.

e.g. etal

For a ‘distinctly Melbourne’ retail experience, you can’t go past e.g. etal, the hub of Australia’s thriving jewellery design movement. Featuring over 40 Australian and New Zealand designers, works are handpicked to delight, intrigue and inspire. In true Melbourne style, its laneway location is almost invisible from the street.