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.

    For a hoot, browse the tomes at Kay Craddock Antiquarian Bookshop on Collins Street, or stock up on spells, potions and charms at SpellBox in the Royal Arcade.

  • Take your pick of laneway eateries for lunch.

    Spend the afternoon strolling and lolling in the Royal Botanic Gardens, or explore the indoor magic at NGV International, further along St Kilda Road.

    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.

  • Sate post-show cravings with tapas and wine at Bomba, raclette and cocktails at Juliet, or Thai treats and beers at Magic Mountain Saloon.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • After the curtains fall, top off your magical adventure with a nightcap at laneway bars Romeo Lane or Union Electric, or wet your whistle with extra whimsy at StoryVille, Lonsdale Street's two-storey fairytale bar.