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Australian Open

The Australian Open is the first tennis Grand Slam of the year, when the biggest names in the game try to start the season off with a bang.

It's also one of the best times to be in Melbourne, with the city on its best behaviour and ready to show off its lauded laneway life, its coffee culture and cool cafes, boutiques and designer stores, hidden bars and lip-smackingly good restaurants. There's an array of art, culture and music events to occupy any tennis down-time, while balmy summer nights are perfect for outdoor drinks with friends. You can even make a quick dash out of town to discover some of Melbourne and Victoria's most iconic sights between matches, or hang around a while to soak up the sights.

We've listed our biggest hits below so you can build your own ultimate Australian Open itinerary. 

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Breakfasts of champions

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Pre-match breakfasts you'll love getting up for.

Cafes

Grain Store

A Flinders Lane eatery with plenty of sustainable, rustic goodness in store for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, including baked-on-demand cookies.

Restaurants

Cumulus Inc.

This loft-inspired restaurant, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide boasts a drinking bar, an eating bar and regular tables for serious eating.

Cafes

Bowery to Williamsburg

Get your all-American hit on Oliver Lane, with bumper sandwiches, sides, pickles and pretzels backed up by some true-blue Melbourne-made Padre coffee.

Cafes

Hardware Societe

Go Euro with traditional pastries, petit tapas and tantalizing sweet treats at this compact French–Spanish city eatery at the end of Hardware Street.

Cafes

Top Paddock

Give thanks to the local producers who have helped Top Paddock deliver their vision from the paddock to your plate, which will surely be licked clean.

Restaurants

The European

Scramble for an adjective to describe Melbourne's stalwart wine bar and you'll end up settling on 'European', before you settle on one more glass.

Cafes

Reunion & Co.

Reunite with friends over a long brunch at Bridge Road's Reunion & Co, a welcome green oasis that serves great coffee and exceptional local produce.

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Higher Ground

Flee to Higher Ground for breakfast, lunch or dinner and taste for yourself what happens when the Top Paddock crew takes it to a whole new level.

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Top coffee

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The cafes serving up the city's best caffeine hits.

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Dukes at Ross House

With sustainability at the heart of Dukes, it makes sense that the coffee roasters would set up in Ross House to bring coffee to the masses.

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Manchester Press

Get in line to praise Manchester Press, the huge lucent space softened with old timbers and quirky junkyard installations where coffee reigns supreme.

Cafes

Traveller

Stand and savour a coffee and dream about places you've been and those you're yet to discover at Traveller, Seven Seeds' Crossley Street outpost.

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Brother Baba Budan

Have your caffeine and drink it too in a café named after a legendary coffee smuggler, where chairs hang high and the beans are roasted with pedigree.

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Nearby neighbourhoods

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Local neighbourhoods to explore between matches.

Destinations

Fitzroy

Perch in a Brunswick Street bar and celebrate the way that sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same in this bohemian enclave.

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Prahran and Windsor

Capture the independent spirit of Prahran and Windsor. Journey down Chapel Street, a treasure-trove of vintage finds, eclectic eateries and boutiques.

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Richmond

You won't go hungry in Richmond, whether packing in footy pies, brunching in a cosy café, Greek feasts, Vietnamese treats or pizza slices after a gig.

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St Kilda

Prepare to play in St Kilda, where you can kick up your heels by the seashore, by the stage at live music venues or on the whirligigs at Luna Park.

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Summertime bars

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City bars with outdoor areas perfect for sunny afternoons and balmy evenings.

Bomba

Brought to you by the popular Añada crew, Bomba is all about Spanish food for the working classes.

Section 8

Pull up a seat in his much-loved car park for unpretentious drinks and delectable audio offerings.

Riverland

Walk down the steps from Princes Bridge and join the merry throng along the banks of the Yarra.

Rooftop Bar

A beloved Melbourne institution, Rooftop Bar is set seven storeys atop the popular Curtin House.

Madame Brussels

Sip on quaint pastel cocktails and foreign beers while basking in the Madame's whimsical ambience.

Siglo

Climb the grand staircase to a place of beautiful wines, views, late-night snacks and table service.

Arbory

This train platform turned outdoor bar and eatery offers the perfect excuse to miss your next train.

Ponyfish Island

Clinging to a pylon under a Yarra River pedestrian bridge, find an oasis of beer, coffee and toasties.

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After dark

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Late-night bars and restaurants for post-match sustenance and swills.

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The Melbourne Supper Club

You just know a place is good when waiters go there for knock-off drinks. This favourite combines the city's longest wine list with a rooftop bar.

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Cumulus Up

Kick back and sample the best of local and European wines in the designer interiors of this loft-style bar from the award-winning Cumulus Inc. team.

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Nieuw Amsterdam

New American cuisine ditches the dude food tag and gets sophisticated at this New York-style bar/eatery, with Michael Roszbach (ex Cookie) in charge.

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The Toff in Town

Take to the dimly lit train-carriage booths or Lynch-worthy bandroom. Or take Lindy Hop class. This bar pretty much knows what you need before you do.

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Magic Mountain Saloon

This saloon swings open its doors from early morning till early morning, serving up mod Thai-Oz fare that'll have you thinking islands, not mountains.

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Chin Chin

Think carefully about the friends you'll take to Chin Chin, as you'll be settling in and sharing plates of fresh, spicy Thai food plus plentiful wine.

Bars

Gin Palace

If 'after work drinks venue' was a genre, this bar would define it. With warm honey tones, swanky couches and a bourgeois drinks list highlighted by...

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Boney

Loosen up to house, hip hop and disco classics in the bar, hit the club for live performances, or tuck into cheap and cheerful bites at Boney Yum Yum.

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Get out of town

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Great nearby adventures for non-match days.

The Great Ocean Road

Drive one of the world's most iconic touring routes spanning 243 kilometres along Victoria's coast.

Bellarine Taste Trail

Get a taste for the Bellarine Peninsula's bounty at wineries, provedores, restaurants and more.

Yarra Valley wine region

Visit the cellar doors of classic Yarra Valley wineries and rustic tin sheds hidden among the vines.

Phillip Island Nature Parks

See little penguins every day of the year, peek into burrows, and spot other Australian animals.

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