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.
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.
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.
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.
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.