Start your weekend with classic Melbourne: in an unmarked, upstairs laneway bar. Soak up the sophistication at Japanese-influenced den of decadence Hihou before dinner. Just a short stroll away is a delicious concentration of excellent restaurants, on and around Flinders Lane. Try the celebrated Cumulus Inc., Chin Chin or Supernormal. Keep it Melbourne with a cheeky nightcap at Cumulus Up.
Get up as early as you can to see the Queen Victoria Market at its bustling best. Join locals jostling for the best fresh produce in the aisles and queuing for brekky bratwurst and baked goods in the deli hall. Stock up on treats to take home, grab a brew from Market Lane Coffee and perch outside to enjoy the theatre of it all. On Therry Street, opposite the market, pick up culinary know-how in bound form at Books for Cooks.
Take a lunchtime tour of one of Melbourne's famous eat streets. Explore the Vietnamese eateries and grocers on Victoria Street, Richmond, get a taste of la dolce vita in Lygon Street, Carlton, or take in the sights, sounds and aromas of Chinatown, along Little Bourke Street.
Or, take yourself to Fitzroy and Collingwood, the north's epicentre of fabulous dining, and in indulge in a long lunch at Saint Crispin.
Work it off strolling the boutiques and galleries on Smith and Gertrude streets, recharge with coffee at De Clieu or an amble through nearby Carlton Gardens.