Footy is a way of life in Melbourne and it's hard to beat the experience of a city in the grip of footy fever.
The MCG is the hub of the game: a revered sports ground, within striking distance of the CBD. Fuel up pre-game or feel the buzz in Melbourne's iconic laneways, world-class restaurants, intimate bars and cosy cafes.
Kick off pre-match with breakfast or brunch in the city centre. Try Hardware Societé for a French-inspired start, New York–style diner Bowery to Williamsburg or caffeine-focused Manchester Press.
With your appetite satisfied, browse boutiques, arcades and shopping malls. Add to your footy outfit at St. Collins Lane and Emporium.
Later on in Richmond, enjoy a pint at The London Tavern, Royal Saxon or The Corner Hotel's rooftop beer garden.
Head over to the MCG early, to tour the Australian Sports Museum. Make time to pay tribute to players past, at the foot of statues on the grandstand concourse. Take your seat and give your vocal chords a workout as the teams hit the field.
When the siren sounds, head to your dinner reservation or beat the queues at no-reservations eateries. Choose from dining spots along Flinders Lane, or explore the city laneways for great restaurants and bars.