It's no secret the Victorian capital is buzzing with cool café culture, a lively art scene and world-class shopping destinations. While every visit to Melbourne is a revelation of sorts, there's so much happening in this AFL-loving town that it's easy to get overwhelmed by choice. Here, we give you a tight edit of a few of our faves.
Melbourne has more fab eateries, awesome bars and impressive cafés than we care to list, but if you're in town for the weekend, hit up foodie institution Chin Chin (125 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, chinchinrestaurant.com.au) for Thai fusion to write home about or Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar (23 Oliver Lane, Melbourne, lucylius.com.au) for more Asian-fusion goodness (order the Korean-style crispy pork hock pancakes). Feeling frivolous? The converted five-storey train at Easey's (48 Easey Street, Collingwood, easeys.com.au) trades in Americana classics like cheeseburgers, chilli cheese hot dogs and mac n cheese. Sure, none of these are clean-eating options, but that's not why you go Melbourne, is it?
When you're done stuffing your face, shoot over to Siglo (2/161 Spring Street Melbourne, siglobar.com.au) and enjoy an espresso martini under the stars, or head to the city's longest drinking hole Arbory Bar and Eatery (Flinders Street Railway Station, Flinders Walk, Melbourne, arbory.com.au) for a cold beer and sneaky burger overlooking the Yarra. Up for something a little left of centre? Journey into the city's laneways to The Croft Institute (21-25 Croft Alley, Melbourne, thecroftinstitute.com.au), a high-school science lab themed bar with a gymnasium dance floor and syringe-filled cocktails. Cool.
If Melbourne's vibrant eating and drinking scene doesn't capture your attention, perhaps some contemporary art will. The National Gallery of Victoria or NGV (180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, ngv.vic.gov.au) is a great place to start, followed by the more niche Anna Pappas Gallery (2-4 Carlton Street, Melbourne, annapappasgallery.com). Once you're done discovering the emerging local talent at Anna Pappas, drop into the nearby Prahran Market (163 Commercial Road, South Yarra, prahranmarket.com.au) to grab a snack and browse the fresh produce on offer.
Still got energy to burn? Melbourne's famous shopping precincts Emporium Melbourne (287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, emporiummelbourne.com.au), Collins Street (collinsstreet.com.au), and the further-afield Chadstone (1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone, chadstone.com.au) offer everything from chain stores to luxury fashion.
A fairly recent addition to the CBD, QT Melbourne (133 Russell St, Melbourne, qthotelsandresorts.com/Melbourne) has industrial-chic vibes and a super central location that's unbeatable. Sip on cocktails overlooking the city on the rooftop bar, dine at the hotel's two on-site restaurants Pascale Bar & Grill and Hot Sauce and visit The Cake Shop for some seriously decadent sweet treats.
Holden's latest refresh of their small SUV, the new and improved Trax is built for city escapes. Boasting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch colour touchscreen, rear view camera and sensors and even a power plug in the boot(!) - the Trax was our happy travelling companion on a recent trip to Melbourne.
Buro 24/7 Australia travelled to Melbourne courtesy of Holden.