72 Hours in Melbourne

How to Spend 72 Unforgettable Hours in Melbourne Part 1

As seen in Flightnetwork’s Article – 72 hours in Melbourne, published on 3 April, 2018.

 

Visit stylish, beautiful Melbourne and discover exactly why this place was voted the most livable city in the world 7 years in a row. Melbourne is proud to be Australia’s cultural capital, and visitors will enjoy amazing art galleries, cool local fashion, delicious world-class dining and a jam-packed sports calendar. Maybe you’re lucky enough to visit during the Australian Open and truly experience why this is also called the sports capital of Australia.

After spending 72 hours here emerging yourself in style, culture, sport and dining we are pretty sure that you will never want to leave. To ensure you can enjoy the absolute best this city has to offer, use this guide to help you through your days so you don’t miss out on all the fun. And believe us, there is lots of fun to be had!

 

Day One
Morning:

You’ve just landed in Melbourne ready to go explore this lively city. Make sure to start it off right and go get one of the best coffees you’ll ever have at Wide Open Road Coffee to refuel and get energized to begin your adventure. Wide Open Road Coffee has venues all over Melbourne each serving up something unique and different depending on what you’re looking for. And if you’re hungry for a bite, their food menu is amazing too.

After a good coffee you’ll be ready to hit the streets in Melbourne. For this join Melbourne Urban Adventures. Their 9.30 am tour of Melbourne’s multicultural markets is quite fantastic as it showcases the city’s rich immigrant history. So join this market tour to really feel the city’s different cultures first hand. Urban Adventures also offers evening tours. For example there’s one to the trendy hipster area of Fitzroy, where you can hang with the locals and visit local breweries to try local crafted beer.

To continue discovering the diverse and vibrant culture of Melbourne head to Craft which is a gallery and retail space home to an amazing variety of handmade goods like ceramics and glassware as well as clothing and jewelry. It is a non-profit membership-based organization representing and supporting artists through different exhibitions, workshops and events. You might leave with a unique souvenir or two.

Afternoon:

On your first afternoon head to Everleigh. This is the perfect spot for your pre-dinner cocktail, or three, and it is a perfect way to end the afternoon and start your evening. There is no doubt you will find the best cocktails in all of Melbourne, or perhaps Australia, here. Whether you fancy a classic Martini or something lighter, you can relax in a cool setting trusting that Everleigh’s fantastic bartenders will take care of you. This is the perfect way to start your first night in Melbourne.

Night:

Now it is time for dinner, and as Melbourne is home to world-class dining you will have endless restaurants to choose from. For your first meal in town head to Lume. The atmosphere here is quite unique. The space feels like a restaurant but with a theatrical and multisensory approach. You will have some of the best food you’ve ever tried. Lume’s team respect the produce and, while honouring tradition, they experiment to give diners a unique dining experience.

To end your first night in style and truly explore Melbourne’s nightlife head to Laundry bar which is located in the hip and cool area of Fitzroy. This is the home to rap and Hip Hop, and it is a wildly popular place to go for locals and visitors, so you might have a small wait in line. We promise you though, it will be worth the wait to join the awesome party inside with two levels and great DJs.

 

Photo credit: Adelphi Hotel

 

Once you are done dancing head back to your hotel for a good night’s rest. Adelphi Hotel is a great spot to spend your nights while in Melbourne. This is a small hotel and with only 34 rooms you will be treated well and enjoy world-class amenities. As you first step in you will notice the attention paid to every design detail. While here make sure you visit the roof top pool and deck. It is newly renovated and features a glass bottom pool which juts out over Flinders Lane, a truly unique Melbourne experience.

 

Day Two
Morning:

Start your day two with another incredible meal by heading to The Craft and Co. where they serve breakfast 7 days a week. Craft and Co takes pride in supporting Australian producers, and they source all products as locally as possible. They even produce their own cheese, preservatives and sausages in house. It is also a brewery and distillery, so make sure you take a look around while you’re here. This is a perfect way to fuel your body for another day in Melbourne.

 

Photo credit: Melbourne By Foot

 

To burn off some of this delicious food and drinks, and in order to get ready and build an appetite for your next yummy meal, join the awesome Melbourne By Foot. Their Cultural Walk tour is their most popular tour, and it is a great way to really see and get a great feel for the uniqueness and history of the city.

It is time to eat again. And another place you absolutely must to check out is Union Club Hotel. It is located in the corners of Fitzroy, and it is a true local pub and landmark in the area. You will be served some traditional Australian pub food, and you can choose to enjoy it in their heated beer garden, rooftop deck or cozy lounge with fireplace. If you’re thirsty they have excellent beers on tap as well as great wine and cocktail options.

Afternoon:

Now it’s time to head out and enjoy some of the natural beauty in the city of Melbourne and get a feel for the Aboriginal history. To do this go to Royal Botanic Gardens. Their Aboriginal Heritage Tours are extremely popular amongst tourists. These tours are quite special as they are led by an Indigenous guide and include a traditional smoking ceremony. This is a truly unique experience and one you do not want to miss.

Night:
Photo credit: Bar Liberty

 

To end another great day of sightseeing your way around Melbourne hurry over to Bar Liberty. They have an excellent selection of wine and many other delicious drinks to choose from as well. They’re serving up some of the best alcohol Australia has to offer in a cool, hip space. If you’re hungry they do have some great food too.

Of course it is time to eat again, and it is time for yet another magical dining experience. Atlas Dining is a must while visiting Melbourne. The dining experience here will reflect a multicultural Australia, and the chef will always deliver amazing new dishes using only the best locally sourced ingredients. What’s special about this restaurant is the menu completely changes cuisine every four months, based on head chef Charlie Carrington’s travels overseas. He uses what he has learnt about each culture to inspire his menu. If you want to know what that means and have yourself one of the best dining experiences ever, just head here and indulge.

 

Day Three
Morning:

To fuel your body for your final day of exploring Melbourne go to South of Johnston. They serve an all-day delicious breakfast where you can enjoy all your favourites like pancakes, French toast, eggs etc. This is absolutely the way to start your final day, and get your body ready to walk around.

 

Photo credit: E.S.S

Begin this day doing something quite different and super cool by visiting E.S.S. E.S.S is a clothing label established by Hoshika Oshimi in 2001 as a reaction to the predominance of commercial designs and clothing conventions in the Australian fashion industry. You will see some truly surrealistic ideas translated into unorthodox shapes, unexpected cuts and forms. The Melbourne boutique offers a unique retail experience where you will see why this city is also known for incredible local fashion.

To treat yourself with another fun food experience stop by Hells Kitchen. It is a very chill place, more tucked away from the crowds, serving up unpretentious food and delicious booze in case you want to treat yourself with a midday drink.

 

Afternoon:

On the afternoon of your final day head to the Old Treasury Building and soak up some more culture. The Old Treasury Building is a beautiful building, in fact one of Melbourne’s finest 19th century buildings. Here you will find an exciting museum, famous for showcasing the history of Melbourne and Victoria. This is a must visit to get to know the city of Melbourne better.

 

Night:
Photo credit: 400 Gradi

 

Your trip is coming to an end soon, and there is no better way to top it off then with some delicious pizza. 400 Gradi is where to go to enjoy some of the world’s best pizza. And when we say it is the world’s best pizza, that’s a literal statement. In 2014 the owner Johnny Di Francesco was named the World Pizza Champion. With multiple locations around Melbourne this is the place to relax your legs after your great days in Melbourne treating your tastebuds with some drool-inducing pizza.

To ensure you do not miss out in Melbourne, try a different hotel for your final night. Punthill South Yarra Grand Hotel located in one of Melbourne’s oldest and most affluent inner-city suburbs is a great spot to get out of the busy downtown and explore a cool suburb home to trendy shopping, plus many restaurants, nightclubs and cafes. You can also enjoy sweeping views of Melbourne from here. There is no better way to finish your stay in Melbourne than in this stylish apartment hotel. You will get a great night’s sleep dreaming about all the things you’ve seen and done.

We are sure that after these wonderful 72 hours of walking, eating, drinking and exploring you will understand just why this city is one of the most popular travel destinations amongst tourists all across the world.