Melbourne is a city of art and culture, but it’s also a city of beer gardens and cafes. It’s a city where the young and the old mix together, where the trendy meet the traditional. And it’s a city that loves to be loved — so why not show it how much you care? Here are our suggestions for how to spend a weekend in Melbourne:
Visit Federation Square
The first thing to do when you arrive in Melbourne is go to Federation Square. This is a very popular area where you’ll find many restaurants and shops. But what makes this place so special is its architecture and design. The square also hosts many events throughout the year such as concerts, festivals and more!
Shop on Flinders Lane and Degraves Street
Shopping is one of the things that Melbourne is known for, and there are plenty of shopping districts in Melbourne to choose from. If you’re into high-end fashion, Flinders Lane is a great place to start. The street has a range of boutiques, from edgy to chic—you’ll find something for everyone here! If you’re more interested in homewares and accessories, Degraves Street is another good option with plenty of cafes where you can shop while enjoying a coffee or two.
Check out the art galleries in Fitzroy and Collingwood
Melbourne has a thriving art scene and there’s no better way to spend your weekend than exploring the city’s many galleries. The National Gallery of Victoria, the Ian Potter Centre, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and the Centre for Contemporary Photography are just some of Melbourne’s best-known galleries. But if you’re interested in finding something off the beaten track, check out some lesser known spaces like Heide Museum of Modern Art or NGV International.
Eat out at some of Melbourne’s best restaurants
Melbourne is a foodie’s paradise, boasting some of the world’s best restaurants. For those who like to dine out, Melbourne has it all: from fine dining to take-away and fast food options. A day spent eating around town can be as much about seeing and being seen as it is about sampling cuisine from different cuisines and cultures.
Thai and Vietnamese are two of Melbourne’s most popular Asian cuisines, while Turkish and Greek are also very popular in this cosmopolitan city. If you’re after something more traditionally Australian then head on down to “Little Italy” where there are plenty of great Italian restaurants serving up delicious pasta dishes or head towards Richmond for some traditional Chinese cuisine that will make your mouth water!
Melbourne is one of the most vibrant cities in Australia. It’s famous for its nightlife and club scene. There are many different types of clubs – from underground nightclubs to rooftop bars. Start your evening at one of Melbourne’s many bars and pubs. The city is full of great places to grab a drink with friends, including some of the best rooftop bars in Australia. If you’re in town during summer, head up to Rooftop Bar at The Hilton Hotel on Spencer Street and enjoy views over the city skyline with a cocktail in hand. If you want to remember this weekend, and be alone from the crowds, visit the famous Melbourne brothels!
Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens, located in South Yarra is a must-visit for any nature lover. The Royal Botanic Gardens has been open since 1846 and is home to over 10,000 species of plants from all over the world. It is open every day of the year and it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon walking around or enjoying lunch with friends in one of their many restaurants.
You can also visit their City Farm which allows you to experience first hand how food grows on a farm! You will see cows and pigs roaming around freely outside their pens along with honey bees that produce honey on site!
Stroll Along the Yarra River
The Yarra River cuts through Melbourne, providing a scenic backdrop for many of the city’s major attractions. You can walk along it on foot or bike, but if you want to spend some time exploring from above, then hop on a river cruise!
Visit St Kilda Beach
St Kilda Beach is one of Melbourne’s most popular beaches for sunbathing, swimming and surfing — but it also offers some great views of the city skyline from across Port Phillip Bay. In addition to its natural beauty and wide range of activities, St Kilda also boasts colorful nightlife options on weekends when it transforms into a hub for street art enthusiasts and local musicians alike.
Enjoy your weekend!