So much happens in Melbourne it’s hard to keep up. In partnership with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, here’s our guide to exploring your city with the excitement of a tourist and the knowledge of a local.
Melbourne never rests. While its main attractions remain reliable – its endless cultural events and festivals, thriving dining and bar scene, and industrious shopping hubs – tracking the ebb and flow of each is a full-time affair.
But that also makes it ripe for re-exploration. Whether you’re an inquisitive regular to the inner-city or just looking for inspiration to have a local staycation, we highlight some of the most interesting new spots in and around our city.
Welcome to A New City Guide to Melbourne
Begin with world class pastries and finish in the new late-night venture from the Grossi family.
Choose from a welcoming new bar that already feels like an institution to a tiny back-alley favourite.
Art and design make Melbourne forever engaging for the creatively engaged.
Husband-and-wife team Amy and Adam Coombes’s Melbourne fashion label offers easy to wear, thoughtfully constructed clothing. Kloke’s Fitzroy store on Brunswick Street is a beautifully designed, light-filled space by SIBLING where you can find wardrobe staples, prints and seasonless constants for men and women.
MMeets Series 2018
MPavilion’s annual MMeets Series brings together the most exciting thinkers, changers and makers to curate and participate in talks, workshops, performances and installations. Gather in the custom-designed space by OMA and Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten (the MPavilion structure is designed by a new team each year) to consider the role design, architecture and culture have in creating a city that is not only liveable by reputation, but creative, too. On daily until February 18.
This blockbuster summer exhibition will keep reeling you back in for revisits; it involves more than 100 artists from 33 countries across four floors of the NGV. There are works that intrigue with their interactivity, such as woven landscape rugs, virtual-reality pirate ships and scratch’n’sniff sculptures, and artists expressing daring ideas via bold pieces, such as Ron Mueck with his piles of huge skulls, and Yayoi Kusama’s highly anticipated Flower Obsession. There is free entry daily from 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm, until April 15.
For breakfast in bed with an added touch of glamour.
QT takes its inspiration from the “Paris end” of Collins Street and high-end Melbourne fashion, offering rooms with trimmings. Unwind after a long day (or get a well-deserved sleep in) on a gel bed, with free in-room movies, high-speed internet, and Malin+Goetz amenities. If you don’t feel like room service, QT offers food and drink options in-house. The Cake Shop has pastries and lunch for pre-5pm cravings, and there’s a rooftop bar with an open-air terrace. For any aspiring chefs, a high-end Japanese knife shop, Tanto, can be found on the ground floor.
A Weekend in Melbourne
A city staycation to reignite your local sense of adventure.