Start at under-bridge floating bar Ponyfish Island then head back to dry land at Arbory Bar. Ask to be pointed towards the Flinders Street underpass and follow signs to cafelined Degraves Street. Just over Flinders Lane in Centre Place you’ll see ShandongMamaMini. Spark up with coffee at Dukes, then continue up Flinders Lane to Supernormal. Turn right into Hosier Lane to find MoVida and its next-door bar.
- Ponyfish Island
A floating bar under a footbridge and an easy place to eat (nachos, toasties), drink (Ponyfish lager, of course) and spy (mythical) ponyfish swimming by.
- Arbory Bar and Eater
Outdoors (but sheltered), open from breakfast to late and overlooking the Yarra River. Find it from the river or via the stairs spiralling down from Swanston Street.
- ShanDong MaMa Mini
So fresh and such finesse! Dumpling skins are made to different thicknesses to suit different fillings. Thin? Seafood. Thick? Meat. Centre Place and nearby Degraves Street are lined with eateries and worth a wander.
- Duke's Coffee Roasters
Many Melbourne cafes use Dukes’ meticulously sourced and roasted coffee; this beautiful cafe is their only retail outlet. Top spot? The nook for two at the rear.
Casual all-day dining from local legend Andrew McConnell with elements of Japanese, Chinese and Korean food spun through a creative Melbourne lens.
Chef Frank Camorra spurred Melbourne’s Spanish scene with food that’s soulful and innovative (anchovy with smoked tomato sorbet). Check out Hosier Lane street art as you wander in; consider also MoVida NextDoor.