Although we recommend planning an ample period of time to fully experience what Melbourne has to offer, we understand that not everyone has that opportunity. That is why, we’ve decided to compile 5 things you should (or must)do when you’re Melbourne, especially if you’re short on time.
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South Melbourne Market – Love freshly shucked oysters and high quality sashimi at reasonable prices, daily? Look no further than this local gem situated in South Melbourne. Barely 10 minutes drive south from the city, South Melbourne Market offers a wide variety of food and unique souvenir items for you to choose from. We recommend taking Trams 96, 12, or 109 and hop off at Stop 127. Alternatively, an easier option would be taking an Uber or hailing a taxi. Image credit: Herald Sun
Queen Victoria Market – You could say this is South Melbourne Market’s big brother, located at the northern tip of the city. Queen Victoria Market is widely known for it’s food and souvenir stalls, selling foods and dishes unique to Melbourne. From mulled wine to porchetta, there’s always something deliciously special for everyone. Even better if you go on Wednesday nights, where the market hosts the annually rotating Summer Night Market and Winter Night Market.
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Coffee – It is highly unwise to leave Melbourne without experiencing its coffee. Melbourne is extremely proud of its coffee culture, and won’t hesitate in showing them off. There are many coffee places to choose from. Our personal favorites are Short Stop, Rustica Canteen, and Market Lane Coffee, all located in the CBD.
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Brunch – Another culture unique to Melbourne is its brunch culture. Many other cities have tried to copy it, few succeed. In fact, many Melbournians use “going for brunch tomorrow” as a valid reason to wake up early on a Sunday morning. Although brunch is held everyday, it is popular on the weekends. A few of our personal favourites are Hardware Societe, Operator25, and Rustica Canteen.
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Southbank – Okay, enough food. Now time for some sightseeing. If you’re short on time, and have no chance to go to the famous Great Ocean Road or 12 Apostles, we recommend just taking a stroll down on Southbank, along the waterfront near the Evan Walker and Montague pedestrian bridges. The surrounding views there are excellent, and exhibit a kind of atmosphere like no other site or city can offer. Watch quirky and daring street performances, boat races, helicopters flying above, and Crown’s fire display that occurs hourly at 9pm to midnight (8pm to midnight on weekends). If you’re done walking, you can head to one of the restaurants and bars along the Yarra river for good food and some more good views. Other than that, take a stroll to Crown for some shopping, gambling, movie, drinks, and more food.