Find out what to do in Melbourne here! Don't miss out on Australia's coffee capital, Melbourne - a city of culture, art and great food with unique and memorable things to do for visitors and locals alike. Venture outside your Melbourne hotel whether it's sunny or a rainy day - or even on Australia Day for an experience you will never forget around Victoria's capital.
The city is alive with fantastic restaurants, quirky cafes and charming little side streets in the CBD that will keep you busy exploring for days or take a Melbourne tour with a local if your time is short!. For the cultural minded you are in for a treat when looking for what to do in Melbourne with award winning theatre productions, shows and festivals, and be sure to take time to discover the great shopping destinations and markets.
Animal lovers will feel right at home at Melbourne zoo and be in for a treat watching the fairy penguins race up the beach at Phillip Island. Venture away from the city to find world-class vineyards at Yarra Valley and breathtaking scenery along the Great Ocean Road with the twelve apostles. Tour the major sporting venues, dive with sharks at Melbourne Aquarium, see unusual sea life on kayak, Scuba and snorkelling adventures, and take an extreme view of Melbourne from the Eureka Skydeck. In addition, for an overview of things to do in Victoria or an itinerary for Melbourne sightseeing, be sure to visit our Melbourne city guide pages.
Eating & Drinking out in Melbourne
- Lygon Street
Nicknamed 'Little Italy', Lygon Street has more Italian cafes and restaurants than anywhere else in Australia. The lively ambience and the delicious food that can be found in the restaurants lining the street make this a must visit culinary experience. Lygon Street, Carlton
- Brunswick Street
Enjoy the trendy, cafe style atmosphere while enjoying a delicious meal from one of the many cafes and restaurants down this street. Brunwick Street, Fitzroy
- Chapel Street
With over two kilometers of restaurants that offer a variety of cuisines, it is easy to see why this is one of the most popular streets in Melbourne. Chapel Street, Prahran
Located at the heart of the city, you will find some of the best Asian restaurants here. Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
radii restaurant & bar
Park Hyatt Melbourne, 1 Parliament Sq, Melbourne
(03) 9224 1211 The architecturally designed, art deco inspired restaurant is set over five cascading levels. Hand crafted furniture and beautifully sculptured artworks deliver a most spectacular dining atmosphere. The delectable menu is created by a skilled culinary team and the dishes are exquisitely presented. Renowned for their expertly grilled meats, perfectly cooked homemade breads and signature cocktails after dinner.
Vue de Monde
This award-winning restaurant serves delicious modern French cuisine coupled with great ambience and service. Normanby Chambers, 430 Little Collins St, Melbourne (03) 9691 3888
- Bokchoy Tang
Enjoy delicious modern Chinese Cuisine such as steamed food, handmade dumplings and delicious fresh seafood and much more. Federation Sq, Cnr Swanston & Flinders Sts, Melbourne (03) 9650 8666
This restaurant, with its spectacular views, is known for its premium grills and reasonable prices so it's easy to see why it is continuing to grow in popularity. River Terrace on the Yarra, Federation Square's Swanston Street (03) 9654 5855
- Flower Drum
This is one of the most popular restaurants for Chinese food in Melbourne. 17 Market Lane, Melbourne (03) 9662 3655
- Koko Black
Indulge your sweet tooth at this chocolate cafe, which serves many delicacies that will take you to chocolate heaven. 335 Bourke Street, Shop 4, Royal Arcade, Melbourne (03) 9639 8911
Bars and nightlife
Young & Jacksons 1 Swanston Street, Melbourne (03) 9650 3884
Movida Bar De Tapas 1 Hosier Lane, Melbourne (03) 9663 3038
Double Happiness Bar 21 Liverpool Street, Melbourne (03) 9650 4488
Loop Melbourne Bar - 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne, (03) 9654 0500
Loop is a versatile project space/bar hybrid presenting film, audiovisual performance and creative forums. Their eclectic digital media program ensures Loop reinvents itself nightly. The bar provides a warm and sophisticated ambience to enjoy a quiet beer or cocktail with friends or your own personally tailored function. Purpose-built screens and audiovisual equipment make Loop ideal for all digital media events, with weekends offering a more energetic romp, soaking up tunes expertly mixed and diced by our resident DJs - always accompanied by live visual artists.
Golden Monkey 389 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (03) 9602 2055
The Order of Melbourne
2/401 Swanston St, Melbourne
Established in 2006, the Order of Melbourne Rooftop and Cocktail Bar is one of Melbourne's finest and most diverse venues. Available for hire for all types of functions, and boasting a diverse calendar of live music and performance events, The Order has something for everyone.
Section 8 27-29 Tattersalls Ln, Melbourne 0430 291 588
Lounge 243 Swanston Street Walk, Melbourne (03) 9663 2916
F Four 2/318-3 Little Collins St, Melbourne (03) 9650 4494
24 Moons Duckboard Place, off Flinders Lane (03) 9650 0035
3 Degrees QV Center Cnr Swanston & Lonsdale Street (03) 9639 6766
Bond Lounge Bar 24, Bond Street, Melbourne (03) 9629 9844