48-hour itinerary: Romance
Live your own love story with a weekend of indulgence in Melbourne
Treat yourself to a weekend at the luxurious Crown Metropol hotel – perfect for a romantic rendezvous. Situated on the banks of the Yarra, enjoy indulgent spa rooms with stunning views of the city. Head downstairs where the good taste continues with the excellent menu at Neil Perry’s Rockpool Bar and Grill. Take a stroll along the river after dinner and enjoy a glass of wine at Left Bank where you can while away the hours people watching.
Begin the day at the National Gallery of Victoria. Browse through books and gifts at the store or enjoy a simple breakfast at Gallery Kitchen. Explore the gallery’s exhibitions: see the impressive collection of international drawings and etchings by the likes of Goya, Pissaro and the master of the form, Albrecht Dürer, or works by Warhol and Man Ray alongside Picasso's Weeping Woman.
After feasting on classic fare at Self Preservation, peruse the locally produced and vintage jewellery on display out the back. Wander up to the top of Collins Street where Australian jewellery designer Jan Logan has her store, as do many of the world's top luxe labels, including Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Gucci.
Don your best threads for an old-school fine-dining experience at Grossi Florentino on Bourke Street. Choose classic Italian dishes à la carte or indulge in a degustation menu; give yourself plenty of time with the wine list, and enjoy the theatre of the impeccable service. After dinner take a nightcap under the stars at nearby elegant rooftop bar, Siglo.
Take to the skies and see the city from above with Balloon Sunrise. As the name suggests, this magical dawn journey takes you over the Yarra, Melbourne's magnificent parks and gardens, Federation Square and the rest of the city's highlights. Back on land, champagne breakfast at The Langham Hotel awaits. Return to the Crown Metropol to continue the morning’s indulgence: make your way to the 27th floor to the luxury retreat Isika Day Spa. Float in the pool while taking in city views and relax in the steam room before indulging in a holistic Isika Intuitive massage in one of the treatment rooms for two.
Share some glorious Italian fare – olives, salumi, frutti di mare and pasta – at the sleek, chic Rosetta, riverside at Crown. Walk it off with a stroll through the picturesque Carlton Gardens. Loll about in the sunshine on manicured lawns, admire the elegant Royal Exhibition Building, then stop into the Melbourne Museum for a glimpse of life as it once was.
Relax in elegant, souk-style surroundings and enjoy banquets of Greg Malouf's signature Middle Eastern flavours at celebrated restaurant MoMo. If you don't want your romantic weekend to end just yet, curl up on a sofa at the Melbourne Supper Club and enjoy a martini or glass of red.
- From Botanic Gardens to city rooftops, outdoor cinemas come to life all across Melbourne in the summer months. Choose from new releases and cult favourites and see a film under the stars
- Book a ticket for the architecturally magnificent Melbourne Recital Centre to hear classical pieces from the world's best musicians.