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.

  • First stop, coffee. For hole-in-the-wall cafes brewing with the best beans, explore your nearest laneway. For guaranteed goodness, make for Dukes at Ross House or Market Lane Coffee.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Keep the magic alive with post-show drinks upstairs at Siglo or nearby Union Electric, or grab a late-night bite at Bodega Underground, Butcher's Diner or Arlechin.