With its streets of restaurants, bars and karaoke venues, Chinatown is always buzzing. In February, though, there’s an extra level of excitement when it becomes the centre of Chinese New Year celebrations. Welcome the Year of the Dog with dragon dances, fireworks and traditional cultural displays.
Spend the morning hunting for bargains at the more than 180 stores at DFO South Wharf before wandering along the waterfront to find a relaxed lunch spot. BangPop has a fun, colourful interior and tasty hawker-style Thai dishes. dfo.com.au/south-wharf bangpop.com.au
This is Melbourne’s cultural heart. Browse the galleries at NGV International — NGV Triennale, boasting the work of 79 artists and designers from 32 countries, is on show now — before strolling up to Arts Centre Melbourne. There are daily behind-the-scenes tours, as well as exhibitions on site. When hunger takes over, head to Saké for contemporary Japanese dishes. ngv.vic.gov.au artscentremelbourne.com.au sakerestaurant.com.au
Each corner of Melbourne has its own unique style and plenty to offer inquisitive visitors.
Long thought of as the heart of Melbourne’s Little Italy, Lygon Street has evolved. Sure, you can still get an excellent bowl of porcini pappardelle at DOC Espresso, but there are other options, too. Check out an independent movie at Cinema Nova before heading across the street for cheese and wine at Milk the Cow. docgroup.net cinemanova.com.au milkthecow.com.au
With the sun shining there’s no better time to check out the 36 public artworks, including John Kelly’s Cow Up a Tree, that dot the precinct. Go late in the afternoon then savour some authentic Neapolitan pizza at
90 Secondi. After dark, get putting at GLOWGOLF Docklands, with its 18 holes of miniature golf. 90 secondi.com.au glowgolf.com.au
It’s Melbourne’s unofficial meeting point, and it’s no wonder. You can wander through the galleries at Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and take in the best of local art or explore the history of film, television and video games at ACMI. Grab a quick bite to eat at one of the food trucks and wait for the sun to go down to head to Transit Rooftop Bar. Here, you’ll get a completely different view of the city as it lights up for the night. ngv.vic.gov.au acmi.net.au transitrooftopbar.com.au
Melbourne is the city with the largest population of Greek people outside Athens, and this part of Lonsdale Street is dedicated to their culture. There are many restaurants and eateries serving authentic dishes, but a hidden gem is Melina on the Rooftop. On a beautiful terrace, 13 floors above the city, dine on pickled octopus, saganaki prawns and other mouth-watering dishes.
North Melbourne and Kensington
Music lovers will find plenty to love in these suburbs. In the afternoon, scout out White Rabbit Record Bar where you can flip through the vinyl while sipping on a craft beer. The Town Hall Hotel might not look like much from the outside, but there’s a great dining room serving pub classics, a cosy beer garden and local bands on the weekend. whiterabbitrecords.com.au townhallhotelnorthmelbourne.com.au
SouthbankDid You Know?Each year, Federation Square welcomes more than nine million visitors and hostsup to 2000 events?
Transit Rooftop Bar
DOC Espresso, Carlton
White Rabbit Record Bar, Kensington