40 Things to do in Melbourne

Stylish, arty, Melbourne is both dynamic and cosmopolitan. Even though it’s not Australia’s capital city, it is in my opinion the cultural capital. Melbourne’s inner city is sometimes described in reference to other cities. There is certainly some European influence and the well-ordered grid and art deco high rises adds a little bit of New York into the mix. But even still, Melbourne is very uniquely Melbourne.

If you are planning a trip to Melbourne or wishing to explore more of your city, I have put together 40 things to do in Melbourne. From bars, cafes, shopping and culture, I truly believe that Melbourne has it all.

1. See a movie in one of Melbourne’s open air cinemas like the Moonlight cinema, Rooftop cinemas or the Lido rooftop cinema.
Moonlight Cinema Melbourne

The Melbourne Moonlight Cinema in the Royal Botanical Gardens by Forte Magazine

Go to the top floor of Naked for Satan on Bruswick St for a cocktail and take in some amazing skyline views of the city.

3. Ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, the Southern Hemisphere attempt at the London Eye. See a full 360 view of Melbourne from above. It’s great to take a ride just before the sun sets.

My view from the top of the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Fill your Wednesday Summer nights with delicious food from the Queen Vic Night Markets. The markets are Melbourne’s largest and best array of global street food, curated bars, artisan and vintage stall holders and quirky activations.

5. Find the best treats in Melbourne with the Cupcake and macaroon tour. I did this a few years ago and loved it. The walking tour takes you to the best cupcake and macaroon places in Melbourne while providing you some insight into Melbourne history.
Melbourne Cupcake & Macaroon tour

One of the many delicious stops on the Cupcake & Macaroon tour

6. Wonder around Federation Square. There are still many Melburnians that think the square is pretty ugly (I am not one of these) but it is home to major cultural attractions, the Ian Potter Center as well as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Plus it’s a great spot to people watch.

7. Take a stroll through Melbourne’s Botanical gardens and even bring a picnic basket if it’s a nice day.

8. Soak up some Melbourne creativity at the Rose Street Artists Market in FitzroyRose Street Arist Markets fitzroy

Jewelry Stall at the Rose Street Artist Market

Have a drink at one of Melbourne’s hidden bars. Fall from Grace on Collins Street is my favourite. This secret cellar bar is hidden behind a bookcase door. You have to pull the right book to get access.

10. Escape the city life of Melbourne and take a day trip to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges.

11. See Melbourne smallest art space, Mailbox Art Space.Located in the heart of Melbourne’s Flinders Lane arts precinct, artists are invited to create site-spehttp://www.takeoffsandlandings.net/40-things-to-do-in-melbourne/cific work for a series of restored mailboxes and the surrounding area of the historic Pawson House heritage building.

12. Grab brunch at one of Melbourne’s most instagrammable cafes. Places like Top Paddock, The Glass Den, The Stables of Como, Chez Dre, The Kettle Black or check for other at Melbourne Breakfast Diary.

The iconic Hot Cakes at Top Paddock in Richmond

Experience the delights of Victoria’s wine country by heading to the Yarra Valley for a Winery tour. Experience breathtaking views, delicious food and of course, the wine.

14. Take your own sightseeing tour by hopping on the free city circle tram that takes you around some main sites in the CBD.

15. Spend a few hours wondering through the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). There are wonderful permanent exhibitions that are free and some spectacular visiting exhibitions where admission fee apply.

16. Walk through the beautiful Block Arcade, this old style arcade has some great architecture and some nice shops to browse through.

17. Experience the best tasting croissant you will ever eat at Lune Bakery. Be prepared to queue for these croissants but yes, they are oh so worth it!

Selection of Lune pastries. Image: A friend of Mind

Engage art in a new and exciting way at ArtVo. This new immersive gallery lets you touch and interact with the artworks and you can take your own photos to become part of the art.

20. Visit the Melbourne Cat Cafe where visitors can have a coffee surrounded by cats. I am allergic so I wouldn’t step foot in there but I have heard it’s a lot of fun!

20. Enjoy some delicious food at The Food Truck Festival at Village Cinemas Coburg Drive-In. This monthly event pairs some of Melbourne’s best food trucks with some great films for for the ultimate combination for a perfect night out.

21. Sink some Holes at Holey Moley,Melbourne’s Mini golf course and bar that turns traditional putt putt into a multi-sensory labyrinth of unique holes filled with pop culture references.

22. Take a drive on the spectacular Great Ocean Road. Take a picture at the iconic Twelve Apostles.
Twelve Apostles Great Ocean Road

The Twelve Apostles

See a game of Aussie football AFL, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (