Enjoy the winter waterside, with so much to see, eat and do in Docklands this season. Our ultimate guide to the area proves this is Melbourne’s most under-rated suburb.
Start your visit to the waterfront strip at Mensroom Barbershop – they’ll have you looking your best.
But first, coffee
There’s a reason Blended Beard is absolutely bustling throughout the week – good coffee. This is the coffee destination of choice for a hoard of local workers. They’ve truly mastered all things coffee, serving everything from traditional espresso and pour overs to Japanese syphon and Vietnamese phin.
If you’re looking for a sweet treat to go with your morning caffeine fix, look no further than Mill & Bakery. Boasting their own on-site mill, they use their freshly ground flour to make delicious pastries and cakes.
For more places to satisfy even the fussiest dessert connoisseur, check out Gelateria on the Docks, where sugar free, gluten free and vegan options are present alongside classic flavours.
A playground for adults and kids
You’ll find only a touch of light at Glow Golf – Australia’s first-18 hole glow in the dark mini golf course. UV lighting shines a new light on this family favourite activity, and for the big kids there’s even what is possibly the world’s smallest bar for post-putt refreshments.
Enjoy more all-ages fun at:
O’Brien Group Arena: ice skating fun for the whole family and thrilling ice hockey action. Cut it up on the ice and just try not to reenact scenes from the Winter Olympics.
ArtVo: Take a selfie at this interactive gallery
District Docklands: Shop ‘til you drop with a mix of specialty stores and outlets
Lady Cutler Showboat: Book for their live burlesque cruise, combining comedy with world-class, glittering showgirls, it’s guaranteed to add some spice to your night. Other cruises include the Sunday champagne and seafood brunch cruise.
If all this entertainment has your stomach rumbling, you’re in luck. There’s no shortage of exceptional dining in Docklands.
Mama Rumaan is undoubtedly one of Melbourne’s hottest hidden restaurants. Specialising in mouth-wateringly Middle Eastern cuisine, their menu is packed full of flavourful dishes. Just remember to save room for dessert. Their pistachio and rosewater sweet cream-filled pastries are a must.
If Vietnamese is more your thing, then head to Banoi. The menu fuses generations of family recipes with Melbourne’s foodie culture to dish up a modern, street food-inspired take on the cuisine.