When we lived in Sydney, Melbourne was one of our favourite frequent getaways for a weekend of eating, drinking and shopping. Here are our quick tips for a Weekend in Melbourne. Get a taste of its mouthwatering food scene here.
Weekend in Melbourne – an Itinerary
Stay in one of Melbourne’s city centre hotels if it’s your first trip to the city. The Metropol is sexy, The Hotel Windsor oozes history, and the Jasper is great if you’re on a budget. But if it’s not, consider family-owned boutique hotels such The Lyall in South Yarra or The Prince or Hotel Urban in St Kilda.
Queue for a table for Thai at buzzy Chin Chin. If the line’s long you sip a drink downstairs bar while you wait. Or book a table at Rumi for authentic Lebanese. After do a bar hop, calling into quirky spots like Cookie and Croft Institute. More bar ideas here.
Melburnians love their coffee, so kick-start your day as the locals do with a coffee at one of the city’s countless cafés, such as Market Lane. Do Hidden Secrets Lanes and Arcades tour for an introduction to Melbourne’s history, architecture, coffee scene, street art, and secret shops.
Graze your way around one of Melbourne’s mouthwatering local markets such as the Queen Victoria Market, South Melbourne Market or Prahran Market. All offer foodie tours.
Amble a park such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Fitzroy Gardens or Albert Park. Then hop on a tram to sprawl out on the sand at St Kilda Beach to savour the sunset.
Head to a pub, such as Middle Park Hotel, for a pub counter meal and boutique beers before your flight.
Getting there and around
Check out dialaflight for flights to Melbourne offered by many international airlines as well as air passes and fly-drive packages — handy if you extend your stay and add on a wine trip to the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula. Take the SkyBus from Melbourne airport to Southern Cross Station. For info on using trams and buses, see our post on Melbourne on a Budget. For more ideas on how to spend a weekend in Melbourne see Weekend Notes which has lots of listings on events, tours and activities.