Stand still and watch as Melbourne's oldest suburbs change in front of your eyes; with leafy streets and their heritage buildings restored to house chic boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

Kickstarts and upstarts in South Melbourne

Start the day with a lazy brunch on Clarendon Street and York and Cecil streets. Consume caffeine at St Ali and Clement, and indulge in daybreak decadence at Chez Dré, Austro and Proper & Son. A little further afield, The Kettle Black serves up a stroll-worthy brunch.

Stock up on fresh produce at the South Melbourne Market for a picnic by the seashore or Albert Park Lake. Browse specialty shops along Coventry Street: tomes at Coventry Bookstore, designs at Mr Darcy and all things food at The Essential Ingredient.

After dark, experiment with the multisensory menu at Lûmé or opt for time-honoured elegance at Tempura Hajime. Schedule wine time at Bellota Wine Bar or beer o'clock at The Palace Hotel and Hats and Tatts.

Let loose on the lake

Make your way to Albert Park Lake. Jog or cycle around the lake or join the locals sailing on the water. Join the party in March when the surrounding roads are transformed into track for the Australian Formula 1™ Grand Prix. Swim, shoot hoops and swat shuttlecocks at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, and up your handicap at the championship public golf course or Albert Park Driving Range.

When the racing stops in Albert Park

Return to a peaceful post-Grand Prix Albert Park to explore the Victorian shopfronts of Bridport Street and Victoria Avenue. Lose an hour or two at Avenue Bookstore, replenishing next door at Albert Park Deli or with ice-cream from Jock's. Dine on the lake itself at Hidden Jade. Gaze at the city lights from Kerferd Pier, shop for fresh produce or see independent performances and outdoor summer cinema at Gasworks.

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