Collected by Greg Sullivan, AFAR Founder
I recently had a couple of days to 'discover' Melbourne. I loved walking around the central business district and enjoying some of the numerous and diverse restaurants, bars and other things to do. i also biked out to the surrounding areas, including the Botanical Garden and the beach at St. Kilda. I'm a long way from a local expert, but I wanted to share some of my favorites, and look forward to my next trip to enjoy further!
205 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
The Westin is a modern, comfortable hotel that is ideally located for exploring the central business district of Melbourne and surrounding areas. The staff is really helpful and friendly. I recommend talking with Paul Rumpff, concierge, who was...
135 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Although this is a franchise (there's one in the Lower East Side of Manhattan), it's worth a stop for the pork meatballs and burrata. The staff is friendly, and it's a good option when you can't bear the wait at nearby Chin Chin.
Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
This is a fun place to relax, have some beers, and shoot the breeze with friends on a sunny day. It's just south of the Finders St. Station and north of Southgate. We happened to discover it on Christmas Day and enjoyed ourselves immensely with...
125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
One of the best places to enjoy Thai food in Melbourne is Chin Chin, which also serves local wines (they have Old World wine options, too). Chin Chin doesn't take reservations, but there are plenty of places to wet your whistle (or change your...
27-29 Tattersalls Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Melbourne is leading the way in Australia with a host of pop-up or themed small bars. Summer favourite, Ponyfish Island, is a quirky little bar found under the Southgate Pedestrian Bridge in the middle of the Yarra River. Located on one of the...
100 Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
When you need a break from all the laneways and urbanscapes, head to the sprawling Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Here, 93 acres of landscaped gardens feature more than 10,000 species of native and exotic flora species. On sunny days, locals tend...
Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
This is the preferred way from Flinders Station on the north side of the river over to the Crown Complex on the south. As soon as you get to the south side, there is a bike rack on your left with Melbourne Ride Share bikes. It's a good place to...
Capital City Trail, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
Melbourne has a convenient Bike Share program with rental spots throughout the city. Unfortunately, most of its beautiful parks are off-limits to bikes. This trail, however, is not. It's located on the south side of the Yarra River and makes for a...
215 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Caffe e Torta is a nice little place for breakfast or lunch, operated by a charming family. All four of us in our party enjoyed breakfast. I loved my poached eggs and smoked salmon. The cafe is located at the end of the Royal Arcade, at Little...
9 Hosier Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Aerosol-wielding artistsfrom around the world have lefttheir mark on Melbourne. HosierLane, declared a “graffiti tolerancezone” by the city council, containsthe area’s densest collectionof spray-painted masterpieces. —Chris Baty This appeared in...
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