Melbourne is a hip city, oozing with culture, art and style. Many refer to it as the New York of Australia. There’s so much to do and see in this city, that a weekend trip might not be long enough. When I was in Melbourne, I used Accor Hotels to find a hotel that was in the city, because much of the city is walkable. However, there is a number of options for those seeking out serviced apartments in Melbourne, so it’s good to hunt around and see which accommodation suits your preferences. I really enjoyed my time in Melbourne and here are my suggestions for top things to do in Melbourne:
Head to a Laneway Bar
Melbourne is famous for it’s laneway bars, hidden little gems scattered across the central city. You can easily pass a few hours in one of these quirky bars, while enjoying a pint or two of beer. Many of the laneways are quite interesting to explore, with impressive graffiti not an uncommon sight. Because these small streets are generally close to traffic, it can be quite fun to wander from bar-to-bar enjoying the different ambiance of each.
Visit Gertrude St and Brunswick
One thing Melbourne is well known for is really, really good coffee. Do yourself a favour and set aside a few mornings on your travels where you can wander into a cafe and indulge in Australia’s finest coffee. Gertrude St and the suburb of Brunswick are both super trendy, smothered with a good helping of great galleries, quirky shops and fashion stores.
Outdoor Moonlight Cinema
For something a little different, why not head along to the Outdoor Moonlight Cinema. This cinema is located in the Botanical gardens during the summer and offers stunning views of the city center at night – you’ll be able to enjoy seeing the city lit up like stars as you enjoy the summer heat while watching a great film. The movies run through to March, so make sure you check out the guide if you plan to be around Melbourne during the summer months.
This seaside suburb oozes cool and is home to numerous cultural hotspots. During various times of the year St Kilda is home to a number of big-act music festivals, film festivals, museums, craft fairs. There’s even the 100 year old Luna Park. You can also enjoy the beach here, if you’re hanging out for some sun. Bare in mind that because of Melbourne’s location, it tends to be a lot cooler than many other big cities in Australia, meaning that Melbourne does actually get a winter!