Let your interests and preoccupations lead your day (or night) in the city,
with these easy itineraries.
Let them scream their lungs out all morning at Luna Park, where there are scary rides a-plenty. When the thrill is over, take a seat on the sunny deck at Republica for pizzas, then walk it off with a stroll along St Kilda Beach. lunapark.com.au republica.net.au
If you don’t get many evenings out with your girlfriends, make this special. Enjoy cocktails on the deck at Siglo, overlooking Parliament House, as the sun goes down. There’s a buzzing atmosphere and modern Asian cuisine at Supernormal, then dance the night away at Spice Market, an upmarket bar and nightclub. siglobar.com.au supernormal.net.au spicemarket.net.au
For a bird’s-eye view of the city as the sun rises, book a ride with Global Ballooning. The company has easy access baskets, so passengers with impaired mobility can enjoy the best views in town. Back on solid ground, head to spacious South of Johnston, with its easily accessed outdoor area at the front, for a hearty breakfast of pancakes, southern-style baked beans and more. globalballooning.com.au southofjohnston.com.au
South Melbourne is a creative hub anyone can enjoy. At South Melbourne Market, grab lunch before checking out SO:ME Space, featuring a selection of Melbourne’s most innovative designers. Stroll to Australian Tapestry Workshop, where you can see artisans working on huge looms and view works in the gallery. As the sun goes down, head to Cork & Canvas armed with a bottle of wine. For the next couple of hours, guided by a talented artist, you’ll create your own masterpiece. southmelbournemarket.com.au austapestry.com.au corkandcanvas.com.au
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If you’re keen to find designer labels but at reduced prices, catch either the number 48 or 75 tram to Richmond’s Bridge Road. Here, you’ll discover labels like Gorman, Witchery and Country Road, all in one strip of shops. At lunch, try Touchwood, a cool cafe with allday breakfast, salads and burgers. bridgerd.com.au touchwoodcafe.com
Take some time out to indulge. Book a mid-morning appointment at Miss Fox to have a relaxing massage, update your haircut or get a manicure — you’ll feel on top of the world afterwards. Then head off on a 2pm expedition with Chocoholic Tours. You’ll stroll through Melbourne’s streets and arcades, stopping along the way for sweet treats. missfox.com.au chocoholictours.com.au
Spend an hour or two exploring the galleries at the NGV International, Australia’s mostvisited art museum. Have an early Japanese supper at Saké Restaurant, then return to
Arts Centre Melbourne.
Its theatres host a variety of world-class performances, from dance to theatre. ngv.vic.gov.au sakerestaurant.com.au artscentremelbourne.com.au
When it’s not hosting a cricket team or football match, the MCG welcomes visitors for its MCG Tour. You’ll get behind the scenes at this grand stadium, taking in the dressing rooms, media boxes and more. Combine it with a visit to the National Sports Museum, where you can see some amazing memorabilia, as well as have fun in the interactive Game On! gallery. mcg.org.au nsm.org.au
Duck into Royal Arcade and
The Block Arcade, both of which still boast 19th-century architectural features, as well as independent stores. Nearby Emporium Melbourne is an upmarket mall, with international designers and local labels, as well as great dining options. Try Unabara Lobster & Oyster Bar for Japanese cuisine with a twist. royalarcade.com.au theblock.com.au emporiummmelbourne.com.au unabara.com.au
At the Old Treasury Building, you’ll discover how a village by the sea grew to a thriving metropolis. At the Immigration Museum, find out how people of all nationalities came to call Australia home. British Migrants: Instant Australians? (until 15 April) examines how 11.5 million Brits arrived here between 1947 and 1981 and how they settled in. At the end of the day, check out Seamstress, a cool Asian-fusion restaurant and bar set within a 120-year-old former textile factory. oldtreasurybuilding.org.au museumsvictoria.com.au/ immigrationmuseum seamstress.com.au
Arts Centre Melbourne Robert Blackburn
Republica, St Kilda
Luna Park, St.Kilda
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Matcha Mylkbar, St Kilda
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