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Morning

Set off early for a morning of shopping, laneways and cafes or city-circle sightseeing. 

Shopping 
Start the day with a trip to Queen Victoria Market. The southern hemisphere's largest open-air market is at its bustling best early in the morning. Pick up souvenirs and local arts and crafts before joining throngs of locals queuing for delicious deli treats and heart-starting coffee.

For further retail therapy, make your way to Emporium on Lonsdale Street to stroll the shiny rows of designer stores and their racks of Australian and international designer labels.

Nearby, The Melbourne Shop by Lumbi, Melbourne Style and Melbournalia are all perfect for swish souvenirs by local designers, and the eclectic boutiques in Flinders Lane and Little Collins Street offer up more local fashion and design. 

Laneways and cafes 
Take in the sights and caffeinated aromas of Melbourne's famous laneways. Take a walking tour, solo or guided, and have your camera ready for the ever-changing street art. If you've only time for one laneway artscape, make it Hosier Lane, opposite Fed Square.

The city's laneways are Melbourne's cafe HQ. Try out any one of the cafes nestled between galleries and boutiques or join those in the know at Captains of Industry, Brother Baba Budan, Manchester Press or Degraves Espresso Bar.

Sightseeing
Hop aboard the free City Circle Tram and set your sights on the city's hub, Federation Square. Known as 'Fed Square' to the locals, this modern architectural icon is more than a public square. Fringed with cafes and restaurants with views of the Yarra River, the square houses the National Gallery of Victoria's Ian Potter Centre, your best stop for an introduction to Australian art, as well as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), a must-see for cinema-lovers.

To see it all from on-high, stroll over to the Eureka Skydeck at Southbank for unsurpassed views of Melbourne from the 88th floor.

Lunch

Take a well-earned lunch break at one of the city's many restaurants. From high-end to cheap eats, it's hard to go wrong in this foodie town. The choice can be overwhelming though, so focus your efforts on the delicious concentration of excellent eateries on Flinders Lane. Try the celebrated Cumulus Inc., Chin Chin, Supernormal, The Meatball and Wine Bar or Yu-u, or just follow your nose.

Afternoon

Walk off lunch with a stroll to scenic gardens or sports stadiums, or hop back on the City Circle Tram to take in more sights. Top of the day's exploring with a rooftop sundowner.

Parks and gardens 
Enjoy city vistas and an impressively diverse plant collection as you explore the Royal Botanical Gardens. Take a free guided tour or the self-guided Aboriginal Heritage Walk.  Across the river, wander through riverside Birrarung Marr and over to the historic Fitzroy Gardens, home to Cooks' Cottage.

Sports stadiums
Sports fans, stroll along the Yarra River to the famed Melbourne Cricket Ground (the 'G). Get your sports trivia fix with a tour of the National Sports Museum, or an insiders' view with a tour of Rod Laver Area at neighbouring Melbourne Park.

Sundowner rooftop bars 
Before you head back to port, cap off your city experience with a sundowner in one of Melbourne's famed rooftop bars. See the sun set and watch city lights blink from Rooftop Bar or Siglo, or the quirkier, themed Madame Brussels or Goldilocks.