Melbourne has to be one of my favourite cities, and I try and pop down for a visit at least once a year. Now that I have my sister and agency located in Melbourne too, this calls for more trips! I’ve got the lovely Freya here today to share with us the ultimate weekend away in Melbourne!
The second largest city in Australia has been named the world’s most liveable city for the fifth year in a row by The Economist Magazine. Melbourne, with its beautiful Victorian-era architecture, trendy laneways, great shopping and edgy street art, is also a wonderful city for a weekend getaway.
What makes Melbourne a fantastic weekend getaway? It’s an easy-going café culture city where the entertainment just never stops. From festivals and hidden bars to upscale theatre and big sporting events such as the upcoming famous The Melbourne Cup 2015 Carnival coming up this November. Melbourne truly has something for everyone.
We can’t forget the food. The options for dining are endless whether it’s a quaint café on a side street or an upscale fine dining establishment and every possible thing in between.
The city of Melbourne also boasts the most efficient public transportation system in Australia. Nobody has to worry about getting stuck and missing out on activities or entertainment whilst waiting on transportation to actually move from one location to another.
What to do
Shops and Markets
Melbourne’s Laneways are where this fabulous city differs from others. Hidden gems from one-off boutiques to cafés featuring chocolate and coffee tastings can be found along these charming routes.
For bargain shopping, discover Melbourne’s famous discount outlet strips, pop-up sales and hard-to-find warehouses. Save big on clothing, accessories, shoes, household goods, jewellery and more!
Check out Swan Street, Bridge Road and Smith Street first. Take a shopping tour and fill the air-conditioned minivan with your purchases. Lunch and a glass of champagne is provided which good motivation for additional shopping.
Don’t skip Queen Victoria Market. Great for the foodie in the group, there are over 600 traders making Vic Market the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
Sundays in Melbourne are great for women. Take 2 Markets, which is the longest running women’s recycled fashion market, offers clothing, crafts, jewellery, and more. This month, The Little Sparrows Market is showcasing both established and emerging designers.
Never short of entertainment in arts and culture, the CBD will having you standing in amazement at the street art, sporting events and having drinks with friends at trendy, hidden bars.
The inner-city suburbs of Fitzroy and Collingwood are your best bets to see the astounding street art.
Bars and Eateries
It’s time to follow the artsy hipsters into Melbourne’s renowned coffee scene. Try locally roasted coffee from espresso blends to cold drip and numerous other filtered brews. Seek a hidden bar or two for some unforgettable food. Here is a short list of gems among many that you may be so fortunate to try.
Each place has its own unique brand of atmosphere and fun.
Where to Stay
Whether you’re looking for a bargain or planning to pamper yourself while in the city, you can find accommodation in Melbourne to suit every budget.
After a bang for your buck? The convenient city-centre located ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel is perfect for the value minded. Besides being within walkable distance to main attractions and fashion boutiques, this hotel serves a delicious buffet breakfast.
For those seeking luxury, try Hotel Lindrum. This boutique style accommodation is located on Flinders Street, convenient to theatres, restaurants and Melbourne’s large sporting venues. Hotel Lindrum also boasts one of the city’s best fine dining establishments, Felt Restaurant. For those looking to experience all things traditional, try the High Tea experience or simply relax with a drink or two in front of the large open fireplace.
Honestly, there is just too much about the great city of Melbourne for a simple article to do it justice. Melbourne must be experienced and explored to be fully appreciated. Plan your trip today and tell the world what hidden treasures you scouted out while there.
Freya is a coffeeholic freelance blogger, social media specialist, graphic designer and award-winning photographer. When she’s not intriguing strangers with her stories, she’s most likely lifting something heavy in the gym, at the beach or out and about Sydney in search of the perfect coffee. Instagram @freyat and Tweet her @freyacami
Have you been to Melbourne before? Stay tuned for my eating guide!