Brian's Melbourne Tourist Guide

Brian
Brian's Melbourne Tourist Guide

Shopping

The exact centre of Melbourne city. Bourke St mall has all the shopping surrounding it with Myer, David Jones, H&M and Zara. Behind those are the Emporium Shopping Centre and the Royal Arcade.
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The exact centre of Melbourne city. Bourke St mall has all the shopping surrounding it with Myer, David Jones, H&M and Zara. Behind those are the Emporium Shopping Centre and the Royal Arcade.
Outlet shopping in the city conveniently located a stone's throw from the apartment
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Spencer Outlet Centre
201 Spencer St
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Outlet shopping in the city conveniently located a stone's throw from the apartment
Factory outlet shopping at its best. Featuring discounts on brands such as Armani, Michael Kors and Coach. It's a one stop shopping destination for the whole family.
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DFO South Wharf
20 Convention Centre Pl
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Factory outlet shopping at its best. Featuring discounts on brands such as Armani, Michael Kors and Coach. It's a one stop shopping destination for the whole family.
A little bit away from the city, Chadstone Shopping Centre is the largest in Australia and houses everything from luxury brands like Louis Vuitton & Gucci, to every day Australian brands like Bonds and Aesop. There's a wide range of food options also available, Australia's first Legoland and a Hoyts Cinema.
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Chadstone - The Fashion Capital
1341 Dandenong Road
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A little bit away from the city, Chadstone Shopping Centre is the largest in Australia and houses everything from luxury brands like Louis Vuitton & Gucci, to every day Australian brands like Bonds and Aesop. There's a wide range of food options also available, Australia's first Legoland and a Hoyts Cinema.
Another local shopping centre that's just within the city boundaries. Hope on the tram there or even just take a walk along the Docklands Harbourfront to get there. It's a major shopping area with H&M and Uniqlo there along with other specialty stores. The Melbourne Star Ferris Wheel is there which gives you views across greater Melbourne. There is also Artvo a 3D trick art museum, an skating ice rink and a Hoyts Cinema there.
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The District Docklands
440 Docklands Dr
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Another local shopping centre that's just within the city boundaries. Hope on the tram there or even just take a walk along the Docklands Harbourfront to get there. It's a major shopping area with H&M and Uniqlo there along with other specialty stores. The Melbourne Star Ferris Wheel is there which gives you views across greater Melbourne. There is also Artvo a 3D trick art museum, an skating ice rink and a Hoyts Cinema there.

Food scene

One of Melbourne's best brunch places, be prepared to line up for a spot unless you get there early in the morning on a weekend. Must try: Ricotta Hotcake
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Higher Ground
650 Little Bourke St
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One of Melbourne's best brunch places, be prepared to line up for a spot unless you get there early in the morning on a weekend. Must try: Ricotta Hotcake
Great Asian fusion restaurant serving tapas style dishes meant to be shared. Be prepared to wait for a table as this place is always popular any time of the day
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Rice Paper Scissors
19 Liverpool St
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Great Asian fusion restaurant serving tapas style dishes meant to be shared. Be prepared to wait for a table as this place is always popular any time of the day
Amazing looking desserts - very great for photos and an experience. If you're looking for something different this is the place!
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Om Nom Kitchen
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Amazing looking desserts - very great for photos and an experience. If you're looking for something different this is the place!
A favourite Thai restaurant, super popular and expect long queues and waiting times to get in. While you wait you can always visit the bar downstairs. Tip: eat something before going as you may have to wait a while to get in!
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Chin Chin
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A favourite Thai restaurant, super popular and expect long queues and waiting times to get in. While you wait you can always visit the bar downstairs. Tip: eat something before going as you may have to wait a while to get in!
A great place to grab a quality steak!
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Rare Steakhouse Downtown
44 King St
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A great place to grab a quality steak!
One of Melbourne's favourite and original brunch places
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Hardware Société
120 Hardware St
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One of Melbourne's favourite and original brunch places
Late night fried chicken. What's not to love?
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I Love Chicken
617 Lonsdale St
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Late night fried chicken. What's not to love?
Great quality authentic Italian pizzas and pastas
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+39 Pizzeria
362 Little Bourke St
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Great quality authentic Italian pizzas and pastas
If you are looking for a posh night out, there is no better place than Vue de monde. One of Melbourne (and Australia's) top restaurants. Getting a booking may be difficult so plan ahead! Serving modern Australian degustation menus with stunning views across all of Melbourne. It's the perfect place to celebrate a birthday, a special occasion or a romantic evening.
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Vue de monde
525 Collins St
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If you are looking for a posh night out, there is no better place than Vue de monde. One of Melbourne (and Australia's) top restaurants. Getting a booking may be difficult so plan ahead! Serving modern Australian degustation menus with stunning views across all of Melbourne. It's the perfect place to celebrate a birthday, a special occasion or a romantic evening.
Popular Melbourne brunch cafe with an ever changing menu
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25 Wills St
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Popular Melbourne brunch cafe with an ever changing menu
Korean style iced desserts! Very popular so be prepared to queue in the evenings!
Sulbing Premium Cafe
168 Lonsdale Street
Korean style iced desserts! Very popular so be prepared to queue in the evenings!
High quality Japanese food with a restrained elegance. Just a short distance from the apartment
Hanabishi Japanese Restaurant
187 King St
High quality Japanese food with a restrained elegance. Just a short distance from the apartment
Famous coffee shop in Melbourne
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Brother Baba Budan
359 Little Bourke St
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Famous coffee shop in Melbourne
Famous coffee shop in Melbourne
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Dukes Coffee Roasters
247 Flinders Ln
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Famous coffee shop in Melbourne
One of Melbourne's most famous bakeries for fresh croissants and pastries
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Lune Croissanterie CBD
161 Collins St
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One of Melbourne's most famous bakeries for fresh croissants and pastries
Local favourite coffee shop in Melbourne
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Patricia Coffee Brewers
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Local favourite coffee shop in Melbourne

Neighbourhoods

The heart of the Yarra Valley. The Yarra Valley is the heart of Melbourne wineries, take a tour there and enjoy tasting the various wines and spirits that are made there. You can travel here all year round however in winter most of the vines will be gone.
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The heart of the Yarra Valley. The Yarra Valley is the heart of Melbourne wineries, take a tour there and enjoy tasting the various wines and spirits that are made there. You can travel here all year round however in winter most of the vines will be gone.
The East End of Collins Street is affectionately known as the "Paris" End as it features some old historical buildings housing luxury brands such as Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci.
Collins Street
The East End of Collins Street is affectionately known as the "Paris" End as it features some old historical buildings housing luxury brands such as Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci.
Little Italy in Melbourne, a row of Italian restaurants populates this street just outside the city centre. Frequented by locals and students who live nearby the various Universities in the area. To be fair there is not just great Italian food there but you can find great Thai food at Ying Thai 2 and Japanese ramen at Hakata Gensuke Yasai.
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Little Italy in Melbourne, a row of Italian restaurants populates this street just outside the city centre. Frequented by locals and students who live nearby the various Universities in the area. To be fair there is not just great Italian food there but you can find great Thai food at Ying Thai 2 and Japanese ramen at Hakata Gensuke Yasai.
Home to Luna Park, seaside eateries and penguins. Walk along the pier or down Acland St for some great food. Take some rides at Luna Park amusement park. Insider tip: you can also see some penguins along the pier at St Kilda if you don't have the time to go Phillip Island (but much fewer).
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Home to Luna Park, seaside eateries and penguins. Walk along the pier or down Acland St for some great food. Take some rides at Luna Park amusement park. Insider tip: you can also see some penguins along the pier at St Kilda if you don't have the time to go Phillip Island (but much fewer).
Head to Brighton Beach to see the famous colourful bathing boxes. The perfect spot for tourist photos or just to actually chill out on the beach.
Brighton
Head to Brighton Beach to see the famous colourful bathing boxes. The perfect spot for tourist photos or just to actually chill out on the beach.
Local hot spot for the hipster scene. Fitzroy is a happening suburb filled with great food and vintage shops. It's a great place to go if you're looking for vegetarian or vegan food.
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Fitzroy
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Local hot spot for the hipster scene. Fitzroy is a happening suburb filled with great food and vintage shops. It's a great place to go if you're looking for vegetarian or vegan food.

Sightseeing

Phillip Island has many beautiful rock cliffs and panoramic views of the sea. It is probably most famous for its penguin parade. Watch as real live penguins come in every evening. Take a tour there or self-drive, its a beautiful place to explore.
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Phillip Island
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Phillip Island has many beautiful rock cliffs and panoramic views of the sea. It is probably most famous for its penguin parade. Watch as real live penguins come in every evening. Take a tour there or self-drive, its a beautiful place to explore.
In the Mornington Peninsular, the hot springs are a great place to relax and unwind. Beautifully landscaped and very relaxing, a great day trip or even worth an overnight stay.
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Peninsula Hot Springs
140 Springs Ln
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In the Mornington Peninsular, the hot springs are a great place to relax and unwind. Beautifully landscaped and very relaxing, a great day trip or even worth an overnight stay.
Beautiful old library which is still in use today. Worth taking a look inside at the beautiful atrium also
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State Library Victoria
328 Swanston St
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Beautiful old library which is still in use today. Worth taking a look inside at the beautiful atrium also
Crown Entertainment Complex is more than just a casino, although it is world famous for it. It is not just a playground for adults it can accommodate kids. The centre includes bowling alleys, cinemas, karaoke bars and numerous retail shops & eateries. Here you can find high end jewellery and watch brands such as Rolex and Bvlgari. Shop at Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo and Prada. Or taste some of the best food in Melbourne from the likes of Nobu, Rockpool and Bistro Guillame.
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Crown Casino
8 Whiteman Street
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Crown Entertainment Complex is more than just a casino, although it is world famous for it. It is not just a playground for adults it can accommodate kids. The centre includes bowling alleys, cinemas, karaoke bars and numerous retail shops & eateries. Here you can find high end jewellery and watch brands such as Rolex and Bvlgari. Shop at Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo and Prada. Or taste some of the best food in Melbourne from the likes of Nobu, Rockpool and Bistro Guillame.
Some greenery in the middle of the city, Melbourne has many gardens around the city to provide a break from the concrete jungle. Flagstaff Garden is just short walk from the apartment and you may spot some native Australian wildlife like a ring tailed possum.
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Flagstaff Gardens
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Some greenery in the middle of the city, Melbourne has many gardens around the city to provide a break from the concrete jungle. Flagstaff Garden is just short walk from the apartment and you may spot some native Australian wildlife like a ring tailed possum.
Beautiful Fitzroy Gardens sits just next to Treasury Gardens near Spring Street. It is one of the larger Gardens in the CBD area and inside you will be able to see Captain Cook's Cottage.
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Fitzroy Gardens
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Beautiful Fitzroy Gardens sits just next to Treasury Gardens near Spring Street. It is one of the larger Gardens in the CBD area and inside you will be able to see Captain Cook's Cottage.
Beautiful Albert Park Lake surrounded by greenery. The perfect spot for a walk, run or a leisurely picnic. There are BBQ facilities available.
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Albert Park Lake
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Beautiful Albert Park Lake surrounded by greenery. The perfect spot for a walk, run or a leisurely picnic. There are BBQ facilities available.
Have afternoon tea by the river, a picnic or BBQ. Leisurely stroll or a run. Maribyrnong river is lined with native trees and provides a beautiful afternoon destination. You can even paddle a boat along the river.
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Maribyrnong River
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Have afternoon tea by the river, a picnic or BBQ. Leisurely stroll or a run. Maribyrnong river is lined with native trees and provides a beautiful afternoon destination. You can even paddle a boat along the river.
The NGV is the premiere art gallery in Victoria and hosts some of the best permanent collection of art from all periods. The limited time exhibitions tend to be the biggest draw cards for the NGV having hosted exhibitions from Andy Warhol to Dior to KAWS.
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National Gallery of Victoria
180 St Kilda Rd
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The NGV is the premiere art gallery in Victoria and hosts some of the best permanent collection of art from all periods. The limited time exhibitions tend to be the biggest draw cards for the NGV having hosted exhibitions from Andy Warhol to Dior to KAWS.
You can't visit Melbourne without visiting Hosier Lane. Melbourne is famous for its laneways and street art culture. Hosier Lane is the prime example of a street fully covered with artistic graffiti which is always changing. tip: it can get pretty busy there with the tourists. Lesser known Union Lane (just near Bourke St Mall also has lots of colourful graffiti art though not as well lit)
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Hosier Lane
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You can't visit Melbourne without visiting Hosier Lane. Melbourne is famous for its laneways and street art culture. Hosier Lane is the prime example of a street fully covered with artistic graffiti which is always changing. tip: it can get pretty busy there with the tourists. Lesser known Union Lane (just near Bourke St Mall also has lots of colourful graffiti art though not as well lit)
The Melbourne Star Ferris Wheel gives you panoramic views across greater Melbourne. Beautiful in both day or night. Easy to get to with a free tram to Docklands or a beautiful waterside walk of about 20 mins from the apartment.
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Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
101 Waterfront Way
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The Melbourne Star Ferris Wheel gives you panoramic views across greater Melbourne. Beautiful in both day or night. Easy to get to with a free tram to Docklands or a beautiful waterside walk of about 20 mins from the apartment.
Sky high views of Melbourne from the Observation Deck
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Eureka Skydeck
7 Riverside Quay
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Sky high views of Melbourne from the Observation Deck
A fun place to see where chocolates are made in the Yarra Valley and also a place to buy souvenirs to take back.
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Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
35 Old Healesville Rd
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A fun place to see where chocolates are made in the Yarra Valley and also a place to buy souvenirs to take back.
Iconic Melbourne Train Station to take pictures of and it's just across the road from some other tourist sites like Federation Square.
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Flinders Street Railway Station
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Iconic Melbourne Train Station to take pictures of and it's just across the road from some other tourist sites like Federation Square.
Visit the Great Ocean Road - a scenic drive through Australian farm land, bush land and ocean side cliffs. The Great Ocean Road connects Victoria through to South Australia. Around the Otway region you will find the iconic 12 Apostles rock structures, Loch Ard Gorge and the London Bridge. It takes around 3 hours to reach these main tourist points via driving. The best way to take in the beauty over a day trip is to take Tour Bus back and forth and save the exhaustion of driving!
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Great Ocean Road
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Visit the Great Ocean Road - a scenic drive through Australian farm land, bush land and ocean side cliffs. The Great Ocean Road connects Victoria through to South Australia. Around the Otway region you will find the iconic 12 Apostles rock structures, Loch Ard Gorge and the London Bridge. It takes around 3 hours to reach these main tourist points via driving. The best way to take in the beauty over a day trip is to take Tour Bus back and forth and save the exhaustion of driving!

Bars

No frills bar which offers some food and drinks
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Mail Exchange Hotel
688 Bourke St
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No frills bar which offers some food and drinks
Upmarket and hip, the Rooftop Bar at the QT Hotel has a very cool vibe
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The Rooftop at QT
133 Russell St
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Upmarket and hip, the Rooftop Bar at the QT Hotel has a very cool vibe
If the loud bar scene isn't for you, try Hihou which is quiet hidden modern Japanese bar. Sample their sakes, whiskies or beers. A reflective experience.
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Hihou
1 Flinders Ln
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If the loud bar scene isn't for you, try Hihou which is quiet hidden modern Japanese bar. Sample their sakes, whiskies or beers. A reflective experience.
One of the nicest bars in Melbourne along the Yarra River. Sit back and take in the view as you sip on a cocktail. During the summer months Arbory opens up "Arbory Afloat", a floating extension of the bar which takes you right on to the water of the Yarra River.
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Arbory Bar & Eatery
1 Flinders Walk
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One of the nicest bars in Melbourne along the Yarra River. Sit back and take in the view as you sip on a cocktail. During the summer months Arbory opens up "Arbory Afloat", a floating extension of the bar which takes you right on to the water of the Yarra River.
Want the Vue de Monde view without the high price tag for the food? Try The Lui Bar on the same floor of the Rialto Building. Breathtaking views of Melbourne and a huge selection of drinks.
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The Lui Bar
525 Collins St
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Want the Vue de Monde view without the high price tag for the food? Try The Lui Bar on the same floor of the Rialto Building. Breathtaking views of Melbourne and a huge selection of drinks.
Themed bar with a Alice in Wonderland feel to it. Great experience for something different
Storyville
185 Lonsdale St
Themed bar with a Alice in Wonderland feel to it. Great experience for something different
Quintessential Melbourne... if you can find the bar! Down a lane way and discreetly hidden from sight. It's not an easy bar to find but it can be quite easy to pick when there's a queue of people trying to get into this cool little bar. Specialising in creative cocktails this is a great place to start out your night.
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Eau De Vie
1 Malthouse Ln
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Quintessential Melbourne... if you can find the bar! Down a lane way and discreetly hidden from sight. It's not an easy bar to find but it can be quite easy to pick when there's a queue of people trying to get into this cool little bar. Specialising in creative cocktails this is a great place to start out your night.
Refine wine bar with a wide range of cheeses on offer.
V Wine Salon
673 Bourke Street
Refine wine bar with a wide range of cheeses on offer.

Sports

Marvel stadium is home to some large sporting matches and also international superstar music concerts. It is just a short walk away through Southern Cross Station
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Docklands Stadium
740 Bourke St
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Marvel stadium is home to some large sporting matches and also international superstar music concerts. It is just a short walk away through Southern Cross Station
The home for cricket matches and AFL games. The MCG is the heart of Melbourne Sport. You can get here easily by taking a train or a tram to Richmond.
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Melburno kriketo stadionas
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The home for cricket matches and AFL games. The MCG is the heart of Melbourne Sport. You can get here easily by taking a train or a tram to Richmond.
The tennis centre includes Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and many more tennis courts. It is the home of the Australian Open, but in its off days you can also rent courts for personal use. Catch a tram to here or a train with a short walk.
Tennis Australia
The tennis centre includes Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and many more tennis courts. It is the home of the Australian Open, but in its off days you can also rent courts for personal use. Catch a tram to here or a train with a short walk.
Home to the Grand Prix Formula 1 race every year. You can get to Albert Park by taking the 96 tram directly in front of the apartment. Besides the F1, at Albert Park there is the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre where you can swim, play basketball, table tennis, squash and badminton.
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Albert Park
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Home to the Grand Prix Formula 1 race every year. You can get to Albert Park by taking the 96 tram directly in front of the apartment. Besides the F1, at Albert Park there is the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre where you can swim, play basketball, table tennis, squash and badminton.

Activities

Iconic theme park
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Luna Park Melbourne
18 Lower Esplanade
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Iconic theme park
The scariest escape rooms in town! (Not one for little kids!)
LOST in Melbourne Escape Rooms
298 Flinders Lane
The scariest escape rooms in town! (Not one for little kids!)
Super fun mini golf meets a bar! Creative and colourful courses.
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Holey Moley Golf Club Melbourne
590 Little Bourke St
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Super fun mini golf meets a bar! Creative and colourful courses.
Fun times for kids and big kids too!
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne
1341 Dandenong Rd
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Fun times for kids and big kids too!
Weird and wonderful! 3D / mind bending optical illusion gallery where you can snap some pretty cool looking photos!
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ArtVo
26 Star Cres
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Weird and wonderful! 3D / mind bending optical illusion gallery where you can snap some pretty cool looking photos!
Dinner and cabaret. Enjoy the show and food at this historic institution that has been around for decades!
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Witches In Britches
84 Dudley St
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Dinner and cabaret. Enjoy the show and food at this historic institution that has been around for decades!
One of several theatres in the Melbourne city that hosts local and international plays and musicals. Currently, the Princess Theatre is running the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage production which carries on the Harry Potter story. A show that is great for both kids and adults!
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Princess Theatre
163 Spring St
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One of several theatres in the Melbourne city that hosts local and international plays and musicals. Currently, the Princess Theatre is running the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage production which carries on the Harry Potter story. A show that is great for both kids and adults!