24 hours in Melbourne
So you have 24 hours in Melbourne? Panic not. We have curated a list of what to see and do and where to stay and play in just a day.
Coffee connoisseurs are swamped for choice in Australia’s caffeine capital. Step out of your hotel and head off to taste some of Melbourne’s world-famous coffee.
9 am Breakfast at Time Out
Time Out at Federation Square offers a great range of dishes including buttermilk pancakes, smashed avocado, eggs Benedict and smoothies. You can even say ‘cheers’ with a Bloody Mary or a Mimosa.
10 am View from above
Start your sightseeing day by taking in a new view of Melbourne from the 88th floor of Eureka Tower at Eureka Skydeck. As well as taking in sweeping views of the city and surrounds, you can get your bearings for the adventurous day ahead.
11 am Visit a watery world
Big and little kids alike will love a trip to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. You’ll get up close to discover plenty of incredible aquatic life including penguins, sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, and all types of fish.
Noon at xx cafe
Wander the iconic laneways of inner city Melbourne, and stop into a café for lunch. Be sure to snap some photos of the city’s colourful street art. Must-see laneways for street art include Hosier Lane and AC/DC Lane.
Melbourne is also renowned for its shopping,: major stores and fashion retailers line Bourke Street Mall, while Collins Street also offers plenty of retail therapy.
3pm Afternoon at the museum
A relaxing afternoon trip to a museum is next on the agenda. If you’d like to discover more about Australian art head to The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in Federation Square. But if you’re a cinephile, factor in a trip to the ACMI [Australian Centre for Moving Images], which houses numerous exhibits based around film, TV, video games, digital culture and art.
Traditional and contemporary art lovers are catered fot with the world-renowned NGV International on St Kilda Road. It is home to a huge collection of art, and numerous exhibition spaces. The major exhibition, MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, is currently on display.
7 pm Dinner at The French Brasserie
There’s plenty of choice for dinner options in Melbourne too. You can try cuisines from all over the world. In the mood for French? Then head to The French Brasserie for authentic traditional and modern French favourites. Or how about Italian, try Sarti in Russell Place. For Japanese, visit Saké Restaurant and Bar, with two locations in Flinders Lane and at Hamer Hall by the Yarra River.
An after-dinner drink is a must, and Melbourne is home to some very cool bars. Cocktail aficionados will want to try 1806 on Exhibition Street. For the best bar views in the city head straight for Rooftop Bar on Level 7 of Curtain House. You’ll get super cool Melbourne views, and a great bar menu, including cocktails like ‘Lady Marmalade’ and ‘Shallow Halapeno’.
If musicals are your thing, then you are in luck as Melbourne is the musical capital of Australia, with fantastic productions playing most nights of the week. Catch Mamma Mia! The Musical at the Princess Theatre until the end of September.
Previously published in Where: Melbourne, which is also under the Morris Media umbrella