There are many sides to Melbourne. This diverse and ever-changing city brings together a culture of innovation with an acclaimed art scene and 24/7 nightlife. The city rewards curiosity and it’s easy to get lost amongst the labyrinth of laneways within the city centre, containing hidden bars, galleries, live music gigs, world-class restaurants and local and designer boutiques. And of course, great coffee.
Melbourne is full of surprises, experiences and moments you can’t plan for.
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Melbourne in Winter
Indulge your appetite for adventure in Melbourne this winter. Come for a blockbuster winter event or East End theatre show and stay on to explore the city’s winter vibe. See Melbourne's Winter Masterpieces at the National Gallery of Victoria or an AFL game, feel the spirit of jazz across the city at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival or for movie-lovers head to the Melbourne International Film Festival. Cosy up in intimate laneway bars, bistros and pubs with crackling fireplaces.
Just a tram ride away, the city’s neighbourhoods on the CBD fringe offer endless possibilities. Take your fixie for a spin in the tooth-achingly cool northern suburbs Collingwood, Fitzroy, Brunswick and Northcote. Flex your plastic in retail meccas South Yarra, Prahran and Toorak. Watch pretty sunsets and dine bayside in St Kilda, Port Melbourne and South Melbourne, and go west for a melting pot of diverse food and culture.
A global foodie mecca
Dining out in this foodie town is serious – and seriously fun. Melbourne prides itself on its food and the city's dizzying array of dining options is testimony to its culinary reputation. Book ahead for award-winning fine-dining restaurants, queue up for iconic cheap eats, explore rooftop bars and at this time of year, alfresco dining at its best. Whatever you do, come to the city with an appetite.
Shopping and retail
Shopping in Melbourne always comes with added extras, with laneway discoveries and cafe culture as much a part of the experience as the loot from local designers and the best of international brands. Wind your way through the laneways and arcades to find some seriously stylish boutiques, including local designers LIFEwithBIRD, Alpha 60 and Kuwaii. The shopping mecca that is Emporium Melbourne boasts the largest collection of Australian designers under one roof.
Art, theatre & culture
Book seats for a show in the East End Theatre District, Melbourne's hub of historic theatres hosting world-class stage and musical productions. The Southbank precinct is Melbourne's beating cultural heart, home to The Arts Centre, MTC, Malthouse, Recital Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria. At Federation Square, where art meets architecture, immerse yourself within a world of screens at ACMI and see the Aboriginal art collection at Ian Potter Centre NGV.
Around the clock – 24/7
Meanwhile in Melbourne, city venues and neighbourhood favourites invite new twists and turns at all hours. This is a city that truly pulses 24/7, with hip bars, restaurants and live music venues all welcoming guests late into the night. From Guy Grossi’s midnight spaghetti to slurping ramen or pho noodles, after-dark dining in Melbourne far surpasses the standard late-night fare. Jump on a tram to inner-city neighbourhoods Fitzroy, Collingwood or Brunswick for all-night music and dancing with food to keep you going into the wee hours of the morning.