Last weekend was a whirlwind twenty four hours of experiencing a taste of what Melbourne has to offer. If you only have one to two days in Melbourne, here’s the top 10 things to do:
For stunning views of the city head to the Southern Hemispheres highest viewing platform, a cool 88 levels above ground. For only $19.50 for adult general admission, you’ll have 300m high panorama views of Melbourne.
The cobbled bluestone alleys of Centre Place and Degraves Street (opposite one another) are perfect for dining at hole-in-the-wall cafés.
The heart of Melbourne’s retail is Bourke Street Mall which is bustling with stores such as Myer, David Jones, H&M, Sportsgirl and Zara, just to name a few. The nearby Emporium Melbourne offers a range of international brands and local designers.
Wander through the graffiti covered laneways. Hosier Lane and Rutledge Lane are located opposite Federation Square.
No trip to Melbourne is complete without an obligatory Flinders Street Station photo. Flinders Street Station is one of Melbourne’s most recognizable landmarks, making it the city’s busiest railway station.
The atmosphere on Broadway in New York City is like no other. However, Melbourne has a variety of spectacular mainstream musicals showing at many of their theaters. Disney’s landmark musical event The Lion King is currently touring Australia and will be playing at Melbourne’s historic Regent Theatre early next year.
Chapel Street in South Yarra is one of Melbourne’s shopping and dining precincts. For a shopping experience complete with boutiques, and lunch and cocktails at a trendy cafe, be sure to head out to Chapel Street.
Nobu Melbourne is located at the Crown Entertainment Complex, overlooking the southern banks of the Yarra River. Nobu is one of the most popular Japanese restaurants with many locations around the world. Forget about making a reservation and dine at the bar for a more relaxed vibe. (Pictured: the Champagne Mojito)
This liquid nitrogen gelato shop in Fitzroy offers large portion sizes and unique flavours, vegemight gelato anyone? If, like me, you prefer more traditional flavours, Gelato Messina also in Fitzroy, wins hands down! The daily specials cater for all taste buds and keep you coming back again for more. (Pictured: Ferrero Reveal – nutella gelato with crushed hazelnut bites, rice bubble choc top and a syringe filled with warm chocolate ganache)
Brunetti is an authentic Roman Pasticceria known for it’s delicious European style sweets and desserts. My personal favourite pastry from Brunetti is the Promese D’Amore.
*Disclaimer: All photos are my own unless stated otherwise.
Eureka Skydeck image from Eureka Skydeck website. Regent Theatre image from Marriner Group website. Chapel Street image via Visit Melbourne website.