WHAT’S ON OF­FER

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EAT

Cen­tral Mel­bourne boasts a huge ar­ray of eat­ing and drink­ing op­tions — from famed, five-star restau­rants to uber cool bars hid­den in laneways and hole-in-the-wall cafes. The most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions in­clude Cen­tre Place, De­graves St, Hard­ware Lane and Cross­ley St. If Asian cui­sine is more to your lik­ing, visit Chi­na­town in Lit­tle Bourke St.

SHOP

The his­toric Queen Vic­to­ria Mar­ket, on the north­ern edge of the CBD, is the city’s fresh food mecca, open daily ex­cept Mon­days and Wed­nes­days. There are more than 600 re­tail­ers of­fer­ing meat, seafood, cheese, fruit and veg­eta­bles, coffee and wine, plus cloth­ing, craft and sou­venirs. The fash­ion con­scious might make a bee­line for the new Em­po­rium com­plex with its 225 stores at 287 Lons­dale St. The com­plex also links to Myer and David Jones depart­ment stores.

LEARN

Hai­ley­bury Col­lege is due to open the CBD’s first preschool to year 12 school cam­pus. The cam­pus at 383 King St will have ca­pac­ity for 750 stu­dents and will start with an early learn­ing cen­tre for preschool­ers this year be­fore adding prep to year 10 classes next year.

PLAY

The iconic Mel­bourne City Baths, at 420 Swanston St, has been help­ing city res­i­dents, work­ers and vis­i­tors stay in shape since 1860. To­day it in­cludes a 30m lap pool, 15m pool for swim­ming lessons and aquatic classes, a gym, squash courts and mas­sage ser­vices. While there are few parks within the CBD, there are plenty of op­tions on the edge of the city grid, in­clud­ing Mel­bourne’s new­est ma­jor park, Bir­rarung Marr, lo­cated on the Yarra River’s north bank next to Fed­er­a­tion Square.

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