Hanging out with Harry and Hermione two nights in a row? Up the already-sky-high enchantment factor with our two-day itinerary. Discover secrets in our laneways, stock up on spells, and climb hidden stairwells to see our best bartenders working their magic. Explore the back streets of the city fringe where eclectic markets and cafes compete for space with galleries and street art.
From the city to our neighbourhood fringe, we've got lots of magic to weave into your Melbourne visit. Add a day to your theatrical main event to make the most of it.
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.
For breakfast, join the IG crowd at perennially popular Higher Ground or Hardware Societe (be prepared to queue). Neighbouring Hash Specialty Coffee & Roasters will fix you a perfect brew, as will Brother Baba Budan.
From here, set your sites on a laneway adventure. Wend your way down Flinders Lane, ducking into laneways left and right to snap street art, scope out local fashion labels and explore independent galleries. For street art, don't miss Hosier Lane, Duckboard Place and ACDC Lane. Indoor art and design? Stop at Craft and Flinders Lane Gallery. For flights of fashion, Alpha60, Kuwaii and Obus are local labels you'll love.Things to doShoppingWhether you're after high fashion, local designers, jewellery, furniture or fine art, find out where to start your spree in Melbourne.DestinationsFlinders LaneMelbourne's laneway HQ, Flinders Lane is a mecca for award-winning fine diners and boutique bars, contemporary galleries and local fashion labels.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.
Take your pick of laneway eateries for lunch.
Primed for Part 1, make your way to the East End Theatre District. Pre-show-tipple and early-supper options abound. Try Chin Chin, Uncle or Rice Paper Scissors for a Southeast Asian feast, Pastuso for Peruvian flavours, or Mamasita for Mexican.Art galleriesNGV InternationalSee one of the most impressive collections of European, Asian, Oceanic and American art at this iconic Melbourne gallery.Parks & gardensRoyal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne GardensBreathe deep and fill your lungs with the goodness of the freshest air from the heart of Melbourne's city centre at the Royal Botanic Gardens.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.
BarsJulietBelow big sis Punch Lane, this elegant bar delivers top drops by top female winemakers and a woozy, oozy raclette under its signature pink neon glow.RestaurantsMagic Mountain SaloonThis 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.RestaurantsBombaTuck in to tapas at this contemporary Spanish bodega, then stay for a rooftop cocktail overlooking the treetops.
Explore the eclectic cafes, markets and boutiques on the city fringe. Hop a tram to Fitzroy and wend your way into the back streets to Industry Beans, home of house-roasted coffee and beyond-avo-on-toast breakfast offerings. From here, wander down to the Rose St Artists Market. Break up the search for the perfect artisan something at Young Bloods Diner, the market's own rooftop bar and cafe.
Shoppers, hit the main strip, Brunswick Street. Art aficionados, stay on the back streets to check out the street art and local galleries. Allow time for the Centre of Contemporary Photography and museum-shop Third Drawer Down.ShoppingThird Drawer DownBrowse the drawers for artful oddities - limited-edition teatowel art, decal sets, hard-to-find journals and objects - at amazingly affordable prices.DestinationsFitzroyPerch 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.Makers marketsThe Rose St. Artists' MarketNestled in the heart of boho Fitzroy, The Rose St. Artists' Market is where those in-the-know find Melbourne's art and design talent. Each weekend there...
Take lunch, and possibly an early cocktail, at rooftop Naked in the Sky where pinxtos and city-skyline views are all-day offerings.
From here, stroll back into the city. Detour via Melbourne Museum to feed curious minds with mysteries of ages old, or to Smith Street's Store of Requirement for all your wizarding requirements.
Back in the city, Chinatown beckons with the city's best dumplings (try Hutong or Shandong Mama) and fabulous Asian eateries (Annam, Longrain or Fukurya Ramen). From here, it's only a short walk to Spring Street for Part 2.
MuseumsMelbourne MuseumTouch and feel your way through local history; give Phar Lap a nod, explore a rainforest, rest in a rollercoaster car, and discover Koori heritage.DestinationsChinatownMake a dramatic entrance to Melbourne's Chinatown through the grand arches and get a sniff of the area's history amid the sumptuous aromas.BarsNaked in the SkyHit the rooftop of Fitzroy Naked For Satan for authentic Basque country comfort food, complete with views of the distant Dandenong Ranges.
BarsStoryVilleEnter a fairytale-like bar and sip cocktails inspired by celebrated pieces of literature; a Willy Wonka cocktail with a golden ticket.BarsUnion ElectricKnock back inventive cocktails, craft beers and ciders or small-batch spirits under Bill Murray's bemused gaze in this celebrated Chinatown bar.BarsRomeo LaneFind love in the form of cocktails seductive enough to woo tastebuds from any side of the family divide at this laneway newcomer (formerly Von Haus).