Make every moment count on your whistlestop tour of Melbourne, and be sure to keep a list of places to go when you return.
It's easy to get around on foot. Start in the city's heart at Federation Square, lined with galleries, restaurants and events to explore, or pull up a pew for a bite to eat or a spot of people watching.
Armed with a map or a tour guide, you're ready to dive into Melbourne's hive of laneways and arcades. Uncover hidden boutiques and galleries, acclaimed restaurants and bars decked out in colourful street art. The hardest-to-find highlights are revealed on a Hidden Secrets walking tour.
Follow the aroma of espresso to Cup of Truth, a subterranean hole-in-the-wall serving a brew that justifies Melbourne's reputation as Australia's coffee capital. But if hot chocolate is more your cuppa, then Mörk Chocolate know their cocoa.
In the laneways you'll find lunch spots with handmade comfort food and creative menus. Pop into New York-style Bowery to Williamsburg for brisket or burgers and all the sides, or pause at Coda for seasonal Asian—French dishes to suit any appetite.
Melbourne's historic trams are integral to the cityscape, especially the free City Circle Tram with its handy audio commentary. Complete a loop before wandering over to Southbank, past riverside eateries and the buzzing Crown Entertainment Complex to Eureka Tower. Ascend to the Melbourne Skydeck, the 88th floor viewing platform. Slide out in a glass cube for amazing views over Melbourne, and beyond to the Dandenong Ranges and Port Phillip Bay.
As dusk descends, it's time for dinner. Choose from five-star dining or casual options tucked down side streets. A degustation on high at acclaimed Vue de Monde is a triumphant end to your Melbourne fling.
Finish the day with a peek into Melbourne's bar scene and follow the locals to find the latest great drinking spot. Fable’s literary-inspired cocktails serve up some classics, while Section 8 epitomises the Melbourne laneway bar, and the fresh-faced multi-level venue HER is a haven for night owls, with drinks, dancing and late-dining on tap.