Melbourne is a cosmopolitan hub renowned for its artistic tendencies. With so many exciting and varied places to explore, it can be hard to choose! Here is a short roundup of the spots I enjoyed most during a short stint in the city, all of which were recommended through word of mouth. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did :).
The Eureka Skydeck
The 108th tallest tower in the world and a popular tourist trap. Walking into the ground floor may not seem overly impressive, but as soon as you step into the lift you will whizz up to the 88th floor in just a matter of seconds.
The 88th floor is also known as the observation deck, providing spectacular views of the city from all angles.
Locals advised us to visit once it was dark outside, as this shows the city lights at their finest. My advice? Head up there a little before sundown and watched the city transform from day to night, right before your eyes.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Vibrant, luscious, and large. Of all the gardens we visited in Australia, the gardens in Melbourne were our favourite.
Complete with a rose garden, multiple glistening lakes, and plenty of lunch locations – these gardens are the perfect way to spend a day in the city, without feeling like you’re in the city at all.
We enjoyed a whole afternoon here just reading and taking in the views. It is so peaceful and there are plenty of corners for you to hide away for a while, or if you prefer a little more action, opt for a boat ride across one of aforementioned lakes.
A South-East Asian delight! Almost everyone we spoke to strongly advised that we visit this restaurant, though nobody could pinpoint exactly what the appeal was – so naturally you have to try it out for yourself!
We got to the restaurant at around 6pm and had a 30 minute wait before even getting through the threshold. Upon entry we were greeted by a very enthusiastic host who took our name and told us the wait would be around an hour. We were prepared for this, and so should you be if you intend on visiting – it’s extremely popular and you aren’t able to book a table in advance.
Luckily, they have a vibrant gogo bar downstairs for you to indulge in whilst you wait. We had such a nice time with our bottle of bubbly that we would have happily stayed in the bar a while longer, the atmosphere was perfect.
When the time does come to head up to your table, you will be presented with an impressive menu. Most of the dishes here are designed for sharing, so dive on in and take your pick. The butter chicken is divine!
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Sorry, I was too busy eating to take my own photos here 😉
A short drive outside of Melbourne you can find yourself beach-side in St Kilda. I assure you, it will be well worth the trip as not long after sundown dozens of small penguins hop up onto the pier and you can watch them waddle about in front of you. So adorable!
Please be mindful that these little cuties are frightened of camera flashes. The below image was taken of one brave stray that ventured closer to civilization. It isn’t an amazing image as I didn’t want to panic him – but you can sort of get an idea of what’s in store!
A very special way to spend an evening, provided you love penguins that is.
The ultimate brunch spot in South Yarra; a bold statement considering how many brunch spots exist here.
A very relaxed but vibey place, where everything is presented with the utmost attention to detail. Plus, you can dine al fresco. They have so many delicious options on offer, I could happily go back every day to sample everything they offer! From breakfast smoothies to eggs galore, you can’t really go wrong.
What are your favourite spots in Melbourne? Let me know in the comments!