Guidebook for Southbank

Sam
Guidebook for Southbank

Parks & Nature

The Botanic Gardens is a beautiful escape from the city. Activities include a run around 'The Tan' (a running track that runs around the gardens for 1.3km), picnics, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra free concerts in summer and a curated section in the centre of the park which has been curated with plant species from all over the world.
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Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
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The Botanic Gardens is a beautiful escape from the city. Activities include a run around 'The Tan' (a running track that runs around the gardens for 1.3km), picnics, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra free concerts in summer and a curated section in the centre of the park which has been curated with plant species from all over the world.
Beautiful park on the edge of the CBD with views of the skyline
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Fitzroy Gardens
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Beautiful park on the edge of the CBD with views of the skyline
Beautiful public gardens surrounding the 19th century Melbourne Exhibition Hall and Melbourne Museum
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Carlton Gardens/Victoria St
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Beautiful public gardens surrounding the 19th century Melbourne Exhibition Hall and Melbourne Museum
Famous beach in a vibrant area with bars and nightlife
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St Kilda beach
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Famous beach in a vibrant area with bars and nightlife
Closest beach to the city - a 10 min Uber ride from Southbank
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Port Melbourne Beach
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Closest beach to the city - a 10 min Uber ride from Southbank

Food Scene

Great coffee, friendly service and just downstairs! Perfect for your morning coffee
Cafe Godot
152 Sturt St
Great coffee, friendly service and just downstairs! Perfect for your morning coffee
Great market for fresh food including fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry and everything else you need! A 15 minute walk from the apartment or short cab ride.
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South Melbourne Market
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Great market for fresh food including fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry and everything else you need! A 15 minute walk from the apartment or short cab ride.
High end modern Japanese restaurant on trendy Flinders Lane.
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Kisumé
175 Flinders Ln
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High end modern Japanese restaurant on trendy Flinders Lane.
Tasty Asian fusion food in a cool space and around $50 a head, alcohol additional
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Chin Chin
125 Flinders Ln
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Tasty Asian fusion food in a cool space and around $50 a head, alcohol additional
Italian coffee, desserts and lunch options
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Brunetti Oro Flinders Lane
250 Flinders Ln
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Italian coffee, desserts and lunch options
Excellent Melbourne coffee
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Dukes Coffee Roasters
247 Flinders Ln
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Excellent Melbourne coffee
Delicious French pastries, baguettes and coffee
Laurent Bakery
304-306 Little Collins St
Delicious French pastries, baguettes and coffee
Great lunch deal - steak and wine for a reasonable price
The Breslin Bar & Grill
2 Southbank Blvd
Great lunch deal - steak and wine for a reasonable price
Delicious Gelato with a huge range of unique flavours - Richmond is also a great area to discover for food and pubs
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Gelato Messina Richmond
164 Swan St
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Delicious Gelato with a huge range of unique flavours - Richmond is also a great area to discover for food and pubs
Delicious Spanish tapas adjacent to the famous Hosier Lane covered in graffiti artwork
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MoVida
1 Hosier Ln
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Delicious Spanish tapas adjacent to the famous Hosier Lane covered in graffiti artwork
Great French baguettes perfect for lunch on the go and tasty Belgian waffles
Waffle On
250 Flinders St
Great French baguettes perfect for lunch on the go and tasty Belgian waffles
One of my favourite Italian restaurants - delicious pasta dishes
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Il Solito Posto
113 Collins St
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One of my favourite Italian restaurants - delicious pasta dishes
Modern Japanese restaurant - not the cheapest around but very good!
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Saké Restaurant & Bar Hamer Hall
100 St Kilda Rd
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Modern Japanese restaurant - not the cheapest around but very good!
Delicious Peruvian cuisine at the end of one of Melbourne's most famous laneways named after the rock band AC/DC
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Pastuso
19 AC/DC La
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Delicious Peruvian cuisine at the end of one of Melbourne's most famous laneways named after the rock band AC/DC
Great coffee here for a pit stop while shopping
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Sensory Lab
297 Little Collins St
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Great coffee here for a pit stop while shopping
Iconic Melbourne Italian cafe serving pasta, coffee and Italian desserts in a super chilled environment
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Pellegrini's Espresso Bar
66 Bourke St
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Iconic Melbourne Italian cafe serving pasta, coffee and Italian desserts in a super chilled environment
Great breakfast and brunch spot - usually a wait so go before you get hungry :)
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The Hardware Société
123 Hardware St
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Great breakfast and brunch spot - usually a wait so go before you get hungry :)
Tasty Greek gyros!
Jimmy Grants Emporium
Tasty Greek gyros!
Shanghainese food - try the chilli wontons!
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HuTong
14-16 Market Ln
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Shanghainese food - try the chilli wontons!
Great restaurant for modern Thai cuisine
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Longrain Restaurant
40-44 Little Bourke St
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Great restaurant for modern Thai cuisine
Reasonably priced modern Mexican
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Touché Hombre
233 Lonsdale St
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Reasonably priced modern Mexican
Tasty Mexican food at an affordable price and in a relaxed setting
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Fonda Mexican
31 Flinders Ln
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Tasty Mexican food at an affordable price and in a relaxed setting
High end Middle Eastern restaurant with delicious modern interpretations
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Maha
21 Bond St
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High end Middle Eastern restaurant with delicious modern interpretations
One of my favourite Sichuan restaurants - also open for Yum Cha (or Dim Sum) lunch
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Spice Temple
8 Whiteman St
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One of my favourite Sichuan restaurants - also open for Yum Cha (or Dim Sum) lunch
Great spot for brunch and amazing coffee
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St Ali Coffee Roasters
12-18 Yarra Pl
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Great spot for brunch and amazing coffee
Fish and chips!!
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Hunky Dory Fish & Chips South Melbourne
252 Clarendon St
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Fish and chips!!
Cheap but tasty Korean
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Peko Peko
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Cheap but tasty Korean
Cheap and tasty Japanese food
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Don Don
5 Bank St
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Cheap and tasty Japanese food
Great local spot for lunch and coffee - modern Australian food
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The Bond Store
1 Riverside Quay
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Great local spot for lunch and coffee - modern Australian food

Drinks & Nightlife

Great atmosphere, tasty cocktails and a nice rooftop overlooking Parliament House.
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Siglo
161 Spring St
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Great atmosphere, tasty cocktails and a nice rooftop overlooking Parliament House.
Great bar with a modern vibe underneath a great Asian fusion restaurant Chin Chin
GoGo Bar
125 Flinders Ln
Great bar with a modern vibe underneath a great Asian fusion restaurant Chin Chin
Riverside bar and food with great views of the city
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Arbory Bar & Eatery
1 Flinders Walk
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Riverside bar and food with great views of the city
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Belgian Beer Cafe
5 Riverside Quay
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Can be fun if you like a bit of Roulette and some nightlife and entertainment. Also a movie theatre and many great restaurants
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Crown Casino
8 Whiteman St
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Can be fun if you like a bit of Roulette and some nightlife and entertainment. Also a movie theatre and many great restaurants
Very cool cocktail bar located at the top of Rialto tower - incredible views of Melbourne city. Just below the amazing (but expensive) Vue de Monde French restaurant
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The Lui Bar
525 Collins St
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Very cool cocktail bar located at the top of Rialto tower - incredible views of Melbourne city. Just below the amazing (but expensive) Vue de Monde French restaurant
Rooftop bar on the top of the stylish QT hotel with amazing city views
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The Rooftop at QT
133 Russell St
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Rooftop bar on the top of the stylish QT hotel with amazing city views
Rooftop bar with a great vibe
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Loop Roof & Loop Top
23 Meyers Pl
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Rooftop bar with a great vibe
Another cool roofftop bar
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Madame Brussels
59 Bourke St
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Another cool roofftop bar
Pub with rooftop bar
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Imperial Hotel
2-8 Bourke St
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Pub with rooftop bar
Well known Melbourne bar spread over a few levels each with a different character - Cookie is the main bar, with Toff above that and rooftop bar above that. Great bar snacks and small pizzas
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Cookie
252 Swanston St
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Well known Melbourne bar spread over a few levels each with a different character - Cookie is the main bar, with Toff above that and rooftop bar above that. Great bar snacks and small pizzas
Cool bar with great food - 1 min walk from the apartment!
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Blondie Bar
31 Sturt St
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Cool bar with great food - 1 min walk from the apartment!
Have a beer watching the sunset in the middle of the Yarra river surrounded by Melbourne city
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Ponyfish Island
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Have a beer watching the sunset in the middle of the Yarra river surrounded by Melbourne city
Heritage listed concert venue - check Forum website for events
Forum Melbourne
154 Flinders St
Heritage listed concert venue - check Forum website for events
Great drinks and food, including burgers
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Ludlow Bar & Dining Room
6 Riverside Quay
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Great drinks and food, including burgers

Arts & Culture

Amazing Art gallery 5 min walk away. Free to view the permanent collection any day of the week and world class visiting exhibits throughout the year.
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National Gallery of Victoria
180 St Kilda Rd
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Amazing Art gallery 5 min walk away. Free to view the permanent collection any day of the week and world class visiting exhibits throughout the year.
Excellent performing arts centre a few minutes walk away
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Arts Centre
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Excellent performing arts centre a few minutes walk away
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Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt St
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Great for a rainy day - fantastic exhibits featuring natural history and Australian animals
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Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson St
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Great for a rainy day - fantastic exhibits featuring natural history and Australian animals
Art house movies
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ACMI
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Art house movies
Contemporary Australian art gallery - just opposite!
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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
111 Sturt St
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Contemporary Australian art gallery - just opposite!

Essentials

A 2 minute walk away, super convenient supermarket for groceries, food and other household items.
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IGA Sturt Street Plus Liquor
151 Sturt St
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A 2 minute walk away, super convenient supermarket for groceries, food and other household items.
Health and wellness items, medication
Chemist Warehouse Southbank
159 Sturt St
Health and wellness items, medication
Supermarket with everything you need
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Coles
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Supermarket with everything you need

Getting Around

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Flinders Street Railway Station
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Budget Car Rental South Melbourne
295 City Rd
Connection to airport outside station using SkyBus
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Southern Cross
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Connection to airport outside station using SkyBus

Sightseeing

Breathtaking view of Melbourne city from 300 metres in the air - 5 minute walk away on City road.
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Eureka Skydeck
7 Riverside Quay
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Breathtaking view of Melbourne city from 300 metres in the air - 5 minute walk away on City road.
Hosier Lane famous for street art
Hosier Lane Street Art
Hosier Lane famous for street art
Well known edgy street in Fitzroy with shops, bars and restaurants
Gertrude Street
Well known edgy street in Fitzroy with shops, bars and restaurants
Australia's first Parliament House before it was relocated to Sydney then Canberra
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Parliament House
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Australia's first Parliament House before it was relocated to Sydney then Canberra
Melbourne's own Chinatown on Little Bourke street - great restaurants and shops selling everything Chinese
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Chinatown Melbourne 墨尔本唐人街
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Melbourne's own Chinatown on Little Bourke street - great restaurants and shops selling everything Chinese
Melbourne's famous 18th century landmark railway station
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Flinders Street Station - Stop 13
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Melbourne's famous 18th century landmark railway station
Melbourne's main public square opposite the famous Flinders Street Station. Major events held here and great for a beer with city views!
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Federation Square
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Melbourne's main public square opposite the famous Flinders Street Station. Major events held here and great for a beer with city views!