How to Visit Melbourne in a Day

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If you have just a day to visit the fabulous city of Melbourne it must include some of the most iconic and impacting locales. The likes of Federation Square and Southbank inundated with a network of lanes and alleys will certainly be the most memorable encounter of this thriving Victoria capital. Here is how to plan a day in Melbourne.

  • Start the Morning Right

The heart of Melbourne is a definite start and by this, we mean Federation Square. Experience the true character and spirit of the city here. Start off with a stop at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia collection. This will be your introduction to the art scene in Australia. Also, check out what’s playing at the ACMI – the Australian Centre for Moving Image. Did we mention Melbourne’s largest Free WIFI hotspot is here; so take along those cells and laptops and spend an hour in browsing haven. You can wind off Federation Square by maybe planning another date in town at the NGV International known for screening the latest blockbuster.

  • Southbank is Ideal for Some Lunch

The Southbank precinct serviced by the verdant Yarra River is lovely for an afternoon stroll; besides the place is ideal for choosing accommodation and a dining venue. Home to Oaks Southbank the area has some of Melbourne’s top eateries.

  • Choose Waterfront Dining at Tuto Bean

Located on Southgate Avenue of Southbank this restaurant has won the award for best Italian restaurant, risotteria and gelateria. There you are treated to uninterrupted views of Melbourne’s skyline as well as the delights of a menu offering gourmet organic food and the best Italian wines. Choose the terrace overlooking the Yarra River to enjoy the laid back vibes of Melbourne.

  • Pure South for a Steak or Seafood Lunch

Alternatively, there is Pure South for the freshest seafood, located at Southgate in Southbank. The best catches from the Bass Strait Islands and Tasmania are cooked to perfection at this restaurant also known for its excellent dry aged steaks.

  • Grace Neil Perry’s Spice Temple for the Best Chinese Meal in Melbourne

Here’s your third option in Southbank and it’s by far the one of the best. A classy and some would say ‘sexy’ restaurant that’s complete with mood lighting and a chic ambience, Spice Temple serves designer Chinese meals concocted by illustrious chef Neil Perry. And yes you can expect some mouth-watering creations that will have the foodie in you asking for more. Hey doesn’t this seal the fate of Southbank as an excellent accommodation stop in Melbourne? After all what more could the weary soul ask for than a stay at the best Southbank hotel Melbourne has to offer and gourmet restaurants just a delightful hop skip and jump away.

  • Finish Lunch and Head Over to the Immigration Museum

Melbourne since the 1830’s has been welcoming an influx of immigrants from across the world. These people have given the city its eclectic mix of cultures; a fact that’s well reflected at the Immigration Museum. Visiting the place gives you an excellent excuse for visiting Degraves Street the best place for savouring the city’s ‘Coffee Culture’. Do look out for the likes of Journal Café and Block Arcade.

  • Wind Down with Evening Cocktails

Hosier Lane is the place to start. Look forward to pre-dinner cocktails and yummy tapas. Hosier Lane is also Melbourne’s cherished urban art gallery; owing to the mind blowing collection of graffiti art on display. Taking street art to a whole new level this ingenious endeavour to turn vandalism to an appreciated career has seen the city give birth to a popular breed of respected street artists. Seeing is believing folks, so head over to the area with your cameras. Dinner, of course, is a wide choice with the likes of Grossi Florentine Upstairs offering an endless selection.

  • Enjoy the Entertainment and One Last Dining Fling - Before Packing

Well, the cherry on top of your visit would be to catch a show at the Regent, Her Majesty’s Theatre or the Princess theatres. This can be followed with late night titbits at the Supper Club promising stunning views of the Parliament House. 

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