48-hour itinerary: Romance
Make your weekend in Melbourne an affair to remember
Check into a luxury suite at Crown Metropol for a weekend of quality indulgence. With spa suites and stunning city views, it's perfect for a romantic Melbourne weekend away.
Settle in, dress up and head downstairs for dinner. Expect a little magic and fairytale whimsy at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, or get your sizzle on at Neil Perry's Spice Temple.
After dinner, stroll riverside along the Southbank promenade or take your seat at a show in the Southbank Arts Precinct.
Breakfast in bed, then wander to NGV International. Run your fingers through the waterwall and catch a kaleidoscope of colours as they fall to earth beneath the world's largest stained-glass ceiling. Take in MoMA at the NGV, then experience ACMI’s Wonderland at Fed Square with child-like awe.
Take in the picturesque 'Paris End' of Collins Street in Melbourne's CBD. It's easy to find romance in the scattered light through leafy trees and the twinkle of high-end fashion stores. Wet streets glisten, and cosy cafes beckon as Melbourne’s iconic trams trundle by.
Head down to the St. Collins Lane collection of boutiques and historic Block Arcade. Follow your nose to emerge on Collins Street, and admire the sparkly things on show at Tiffany & Co.
Enjoy modern Italian for lunch at award-winning Tipo 00, then pick sweets for your sweet (tooth) at La Belle Miette, purveyor of divine macrons.
While away the afternoon with movie and a glass of wine at Kino Cinemas, or seek out an elegant Melbourne bar. Cosy up over a glass of red at Kirk’s Wine Bar, or ease into your evening upstairs at French Saloon bistro, gazing out over the terrace, as city lights flicker to life.
Treat your taste buds at one of Melbourne's finest restaurants. Find romance at French bistro The Mayfair, where jazz musicians play most nights. Try exquisite modern Japanese restaurant Kisume, or opt for classic fine Italian fare at Grossi Florentino.
Up late? Head to Siglo upstairs, laneway cocktail den Arlechin, pint sized Bomba's rooftop, basement wine bar Juliet or lauded Embla for a nightcap with a generous measure of romance.
Rise early for a magical dawn ballooning tour over Melbourne. Float high above the city's architectural icons and magnificent parks and gardens. Back on terra firma, linger over Sunday brunch at Higher Ground or Richmond-based sibling Top Paddock, then explore Melbourne's neighbourhoods.
From the CBD, catch a tram a short hop north to bohemian Fitzroy. Pick out a Melbourne-made keepsake at Rose St. Artists Market, then refuel with superior caffeine at Industry Beans.
Hit your stride on Brunswick, Gertrude and Smith streets, absorbing colourful scenes of street art, galleries, boutiques and hip cafes. Stop in at Marion or Archie's All Day to lock eyes over a perfect drop and tasty snacks.
Stay in the hood for fancy dinner at Saint Crispin, or stroll over to leafy Carlton as the sun dips and the city turns to gold. For a relaxed, bustling vibe, share a slice or four of authentically rustic pizza at Carlton's Kaprica.
Find dessert on Lygon Street, where your affections will be split between gelateria Pidapipo and the cheese board at Milk the Cow. Top it off with a drink at the intimate Heart Attack & Vine.
Got more time to spend in romantic Melbourne? Detour to South Melbourne for markets, cafes and boulangeries.
Brunch at The Crux & Co, then head to South Melbourne Market - alive with colourful locals, busy amidst an abundance of fresh produce. Nearby The Kettle Black does a beaut breakfast and serves carefully crafted coffee. And Chez Dré bakes fresh bread, pastries and macarons to make you swoon.
As the sun goes down, pop into Smalls Bar for a great wine selection and a bite to eat from the perfect, always-changing menu.
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