The ultimate guide to Docklands

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 Limonetto Gelati or Wawa Chocolatier.

Danishes on a chopping board

Mill & Bakery’s drool-worthy danishes

A playground for adults and kids

Global sensation Dialogue in the Dark has just opened in Docklands, adding another attraction to the plethora on offer in the precinct. Experience life without the sense you rely on most – sight – as you’re led by blind guides through an obstacle course of everyday tasks.

You’ll find only a touch more 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.

Enjoy more all-ages fun at:

O’Brien Group Arena: ice skating fun for the whole family and thrilling ice hockey action. Home to Melbourne’s two ice hockey teams Melbourne Mustangs and the Melbourne Mustangs, it will also host the AIHL Final Four teams as part of the weekend finals series on 2-3 September.

ArtVo: Take a selfie at this interactive gallery

Harbour Town: 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 their regular 60s and 70s dress up boat party and the Sunday champagne and seafood brunch cruise.

Two people ice-skating slightly off balance

Embrace winter and ice skate at O’Brien Group Arena

Delicious Dining

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.

Or if your view of dining waterside calls for fish and chips, then hurry to Black Cod. This upmarket fish and chippery was imagined by a team of fourth-generation fishermen determined to show Melbourne fresh seafood done simply.

Other local favourites include Berth Restaurant and Saluministi.

Cap off your day in Docklands with a nightcap at the Woolshed Pub and drink in the glittering city view with that drink.

Chicken curry in a bowl with a side of rice, wedge of lemon and a spoon

Enjoy the chicken curry at Banoi