Tickets to Part 1 and Part 2 on the same day? You're in for a ride. We'll show you the best places for coffee and breakfast before Part 1, top spots for a quick bite or a leg-stretch before Part 2, and our favourite haunts for a post-show tipple.
We have tips for the night before too, so try to get here as early as you can.
Get your bearings and the best riverside views in the Yarra Precinct. Stretch travel-weary legs with a walk along the river bank, stopping at Arbory Afloat for an alfresco tipple and magical views up and down the river. Cross Princess Bridge for a Southbank stroll (and obligatory sunset selfie), before taking in the city lights and Italian fare at Fatto. End your riverside evening with a nightcap at Ponyfish Island and spooky views of the bats (okay, seagulls that think they're bats?) circling the spire atop Arts Centre Melbourne.BarsArbory AfloatTurn the Yarra River into your own Floridian playground aboard Arbory Afloat, a huge pop-up outdoor bar and eatery created atop an old river barge.RestaurantsFattoPark your Vespa by this bar and cantina for daily deliciousness: contemporary Italian cuisine and fabulous riverside views. Open for lunch and dinner.BarsPonyfish IslandClinging to a pylon beneath the pedestrian bridge over the Yarra to Southbank, you'll find a pop-up oasis of beer, coffee and tasty toasties.
Start inching your way towards the Princess Theatre, allowing plenty of time for brunch. You have a world of options to choose from in the CBD. Andrew McConnell's Cumulus Inc. is always a top pick, even early in the morning. Late risers, long-time local favourite The European is right next door to the theatre.CafesDukes at Ross HouseWith 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.Food & wineBreakfast in the CBDWhether it's for weekday wheeling and dealing or a weekend crossword marathon, Melbourne's CBD has a breakfast venue to meet your morning needs.RestaurantsCumulus Inc.This loft-inspired restaurant, hatted by the Good Food Guide boasts a drinking bar, an eating bar and regular tables for serious eating.
Enjoy a pause and pre-show dining in the East End Theatre District. Try Pellegrini's for old-school Italian, or S.P.Q.R. Pizzaria. Gazi will see you fixed for Greek style street food, San Telmo for Argentinian barbecue and Longrain for Thai share plates. Need to stretch your legs? Stroll the neighbouring Treasury Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens.Parks & gardensFitzroy GardensMarvel at the tiny doorways of historic Captain Cook's Cottage, the carved Fairies Tree, the model Tudor Village, and myriad fountains and statues.Food & winePre-theatre diningCreate your own perfect dinner-and-show pairing with our top picks for dining before and after curtains in Melbourne's East End Theatre District.Food & wineEat and drink: East End Theatre DistrictFind the perfect spot for a lazy lunch before a matinee, an easy early dinner or a late night bite and tipple in Melbourne's East End Theatre District.
Food & wineLate night barsTuck into a tipple while everyone else is tucked in bed. These Melbourne bars will keep the light on for you well after the last tram has gone home.BarsArlechinLate-night frivolity is celebrated here – to a point. Cocktails and decadent bar snacks are whimsical but serious in their deliciousness.BarsUnion ElectricKnock back inventive cocktails, craft beers and ciders or small-batch spirits under Bill Murray's bemused gaze in this celebrated Chinatown bar.