Booked for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and need to fill up time between theatre sessions? No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it in Melbourne.
Restaurants and rooftop bars
From rooftop drinks to cheap eats or indulgent dining experience – there is something for all tastes, time and budgets. Find a dizzying array of delicious and authentic cheap eats in and around Chinatown. Find elegant European style dining around Spring Street, or get into that hard-to-get-into foodie hotspot on Flinders Lane. If the day is fine, explore Melbourne’s famous rooftop bars. Read more restaurants and bars to visit.
Shop ‘til you drop
A rare spare hour or two to spend on idle window shopping or catching up on some retail therapy is to be treasured. January is also sale time, so hot foot it to browse famous labels and international brands at retail hubs Emporium, QV Melbourne, Melbourne’s GPO, Bourke Street Mall department stores and Melbourne Central.
Dream big at the luxury boutiques at the ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street including Harrolds, Dior and the St. Collins Lane shopping precinct. Seek out independent designers and cult Melbourne fashion in Little Collins Street and Flinders Lane including Kuwaii, Lucy Folk, e.g.etal, Alpha60 and Incu. Or go deep into the ten floors of artisan creativity in the Nicholas Building.
For unique Melbourne gifts, head to Melbournalia, Clementine’s or Chris Cincotta’s photography stall on Swanston street. Get your bearings with our guide to Melbourne laneways and arcades.
Explore Melbourne’s parks and gardens
Stretch your legs with a walk through Melbourne’s lush and leafy gardens, all just minutes from the CBD. The Princess Theatre is a mere 5 to 10 minute walk from the Fitzroy Gardens, Treasury Gardens and the World Heritage-listed Carlton Gardens. In fact, there are twelve gardens near CBD, and they all look gorgeous as the sun begins to set during magic hour. Set out for a shady tree with gourmet picnic provisions from the Spring Street Grocer.
Discover Melbourne’s street art
Internationally renowned for its street art, Melbourne is like an ever-changing outdoor gallery. Make a rock ‘n roll pilgrimage to admire the Bon Scott wall frieze at ACDC Lane, find the secret Banksy in Duckboard Place and get your selfie in Hosier Lane, Melbourne’s most photographed street art site. You can even take a free walking tour with Walks 101. For more places to go, read our street art guide.