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What's open between Christmas and New Year's Eve

If you’re in Melbourne after Christmas Day and keen to get out and about, there’s plenty open from Boxing Day onwards.

Shops and department stores

On Boxing Day and beyond, many stores will be open for the sales, including Myer, David Jones, Debenhams and stores in Emporium, Melbourne Central, St Collins Lane as well as Melbourne’s streets and laneways.

Melbourne Central

Cafes and restaurants

While some restaurateurs, chefs and hospitality staff will take a well-earned break, others know that Melburnians can’t go long without a good strong flat white. And there’s only so long we can subsist on Christmas ham jaffles at home. Make sure you contact individual venues for booking availability.

South Yarra

  • The Botanical is open throughout, as is Gilson
  • Matilda is open every day, but lunch and dinner schedules vary over the break, so call to check
  • Domain Brasserie is open except for the public holidays
  • Gilson is open throughout.
a plate of food

The Botanical. Image credit: Harvard Wang

West and North Melbourne

  • Auction Rooms is open every day, with special trading hours on Boxing Day from 7am to 5pm
  • Twenty and Six is open from 8am to 2pm on Boxing Day and open all other days besides the public holidays and first three days of the new year.
A muffin and coffee

Twenty and Six Espresso

  • Code Black is open every day except public holidays
  • Willows & Wine is open from Thursday 27 December and closed on New Year’s Eve.

Parkville and Carlton

  • Brunetti‘s original Carlton stalwart is open from 6am until late on Boxing Day and every other day
  • Heartattack and Vine is open from 8am to 11pm on Boxing Day, then the usual days after until New Year’s Eve when it’s closed
  • Donnini’s Restaurant opens from Boxing Day onwards and is closed New Year’s Eve
  • Capitano reopens from 5.30pm on Friday 28 December.


  • Sensory Lab outside of David Jones on Little Collins Street reopens at 7am on Boxing Day.
  • Dukes Coffee Roasters reopens at 7am Thursday 27 December onwards (9am on the Saturday).

Beef tataki at Supernormal

  • The Butchers Diner is always open for carnivore style sustenance from breakfast to dinner and beyond.
  • State of Grace is open every day from 12pm.
  • Brunetti‘s city store reopens at 7am on Boxing Day
  • Supernormal reopens from 11am on Thursday 27 December onwards.

Dukes Coffee Roasters

Recreation centres and swimming pools

Carlton Baths reopens from 1pm to 6pm on Boxing Day. Kensington Community Recreation Centre opens from 1pm on Boxing Day, then resumes normal hours (besides closing at 5pm on New Year’s Eve).
Melbourne City Baths and North Melbourne Recreation Centre reopen from 6am to 8pm Thursday 27 December.

Libraries and community hubs

City Library reopens on Thursday 27 December from 9am to 5pm, and North Melbourne Library and Library at The Dock open from 10am to 5pm. See more information about library opening hours.
The State Library of Victoria opens from 10am to 6pm on Thursday 27 December and the days following, including New Year’s Eve.

Library at the Dock

Library at The Dock

Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market reopens on Thursday 27 December with normal opening hours. It’s closed on public holidays and on Mondays and Wednesdays.

A historical building

Queen Victoria Market

Supermarkets and chemists

Most supermarkets including Coles and Woolworths Metro stores will reopen on Boxing Day. Chemist Warehouse in the Midtown building and My Chemist on Elizabeth Street will both be open from 7.30am to 10pm on Boxing Day. Plenty of other chemists will be too.


Keep the family entertained at one of these great Melbourne attractions.

a large fish tank

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium


The following cinemas have Boxing Day screenings, then resume normal programming.
Village Cinemas at CrownCinema Nova in Carlton and Palace Kino on Collins Street reopen on Boxing Day with several sessions. Moonlight Cinema at Royal Botanic Gardens, also reopens with a session on Boxing Day.

Parks and gardens

Bring a picnic and hope for good weather at these lovely parks and gardens.

See a full list of Melbourne parks.

A lush garden

Queen Victoria Gardens


Take advantage of the quieter streets and go on one of many self-guided walks around the city. Check out these different walks and plan your own adventure.

Public transport

On New Year’s Eve, public transport is free from 6pm and runs all night.

Airport transfers

Skybus and Starbus services to Melbourne Airport operate as normal.