Melbourne is an eclectic city full of arts, culture, cafes and sports. We explored the laneways & rooftops to seek and discover only the best to share with you.
Here is all you need to know to maximise your time and make the most of an amazing weekend in Melbourne.
Getting there: The ideal airport to fly into is Tullamarine as this is the closest to the city. Avalon is another Melbourne Airport but is less frequented and has limited shops & eateries for you to enjoy if you’re delayed or on a lay over.
Head into the city on the airport sky bus which will cost you about $40 AUD return and takes approximately 30 minutes to the city (Southen Cross Station). An UberX will cost you anywhere from $60 AUD+.
Snoozing: Melbourne has an amazing public transport system making the city easily accessible. We’d recommend staying anywhere near the tram line to make exploring smooth.
We recently spent the weekend in Fitzroy and absolutely loved it. If you are into cafe and bar culture then this is the place for you.
Naked for Satan
Your first stop and the best spot to enjoy an arrival or after work drink is Naked for Satan, Fitzroy. This rooftop bar has great city views, good happy hour deals for food and drinks and an awesome vibrant feel to it. Head here for a cocktail and soak in the sights of Melbourne.
This is one of our favourite spots in Melbourne and one we will definitely return to. Spend your first evening enjoying the many bars, pubs and clubs along Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
The Sir Charles Benedict is a must have at Sir Charles Cafe Fitzroy
We found it too difficult to choose only 1 for the best place for brunch so we decided to mention both. Now you have two top picks, One for Saturday and one for Sunday.
Sir Charles Cafe, Fitzroy
This open, bright and vibrant cafe is a fabulous venue for brunch. The meals are divine and substantially bigger for Breakfast than most brunch spots. The Sir Charles Benedict is highly recommended along with the Truffled Croque Madame. It is so big it could eat you. You can check out their full menu here. Warning salivation May commence.
Hidden in the alleyways across from Kendrick’s Doomsday pop up shop boasts this eccentric little cafe with delicious meals. When you’re in Melbourne you must try a Panko crumbed egg and this is the place to do it.
Enjoy the sunshine with the outdoor dining or sit inside on those chilly winter days. No matter your seat of choice you won’t be disappointed by this place and it’s menu.
We would recommend the blue cheese macaroni and the Fried Chicken Burgers. Their chais and caramel milkshakes are memorable also.
If there is one thing Melbourne is known for its entertainment inclusive of sport.
A visit to the MCG is a vital experience for an all inclusive Melbourne tour. The sheer size of the stadium itself is impressive even for the not so sport inclined. Watch an AFL game in the winter and feel the stadium come alive. The roars of the crowd will have you bouncing from your seat. The MCG also hosts musical acts with Bon Jovi touring later this year and cricket for the summer seasons.
Stand Up Comedy
I am so glad we stumbled upon this gem! If there is one thing I enjoy it’s having a few laughs and the European Bier Cafe is certainly not short in this department. The European Bier Cafe hosts stand up comedy shows on Thursday and Saturdays nights showcasing some big Aussie comedians. Most of the acts are not revealed until the night but I am sure you won’t be disappointed. We had the pleasure of seeing Akmal, Nazeem Hussain and The Nelson twins just to name a few.
The shows are $12 pp and paid in cash at the door for Thursday gigs and tickets required via their website for Saturday’s. This establishment also has a lovely rooftop bar to take in the Melbourne city lights and revel in the laughter you’ve just shared.
There is plenty of Arts to explore within Melbourne from the iconic ACDC lane to meandering through Flinders Street and its jutting alleys. There is something to capture the creative eye at any turn in Melbourne. If you are seeking some art in your day then check out the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at ACMI (approximately $25 pp) or head to the National Gallery of Victoria to see the MOMA exhibition (approximately $30 pp).
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