8 Apr 2024

Cosmo's Guide To Spending a Day In The City of Melbourne

Explore cafes, arts, shopping, parks, and top dining. Navigate Melbourne's highlights with our local tips.

Visiting Melbourne? Here's How to Spend a Day in the City

Australia's second-largest city and Victoria's vibrant capital, Melbourne, thrums with a captivating mix of history, culture, and undeniable charm. Explore charming cafes and shops housed in stunning Victorian architecture and uncover hidden gems around every corner.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by Melbourne's bustling charm? We understand! This comprehensive guide will be your companion for a memorable adventure in Melbourne, helping you navigate the city's must-sees and hidden gems. Grab your walking shoes, embrace the Melbourne magic, and prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience.

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Experience the Cafe Culture

A trip to Melbourne is only complete if you experience the city's famous cafe culture. The city is well-known for its gourmet coffee, attracting visitors from all over to experience its rich and flavorful brews. Start your day at Code Black in Brunswick and prepare to be impressed by their coffee expertise and delicious menu.

Venture into the heart of the city and discover hidden gems like Greta (a crowd favourite at Cosmo) near Flinders Lane. Higher Ground offers a perfect coffee break in the bustling CBD if you're seeking a modern atmosphere. These cafes are just a springboard into Melbourne's diverse cafe culture

Explore the Arts

If you love the arts, Melbourne is the perfect city to explore on foot. The city is famous for its colourful laneways adorned with street art that will catch your eye as you walk. Hosier Lane, the cornerstone of Melbourne's street art scene, is a must-visit spot for street art enthusiasts.

Melbourne boasts renowned institutions like the Melbourne Museum in Carlton and the National Gallery of Victoria in Southbank. Expect to be impressed by their extensive collections of art, science, and everything in between.

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If you're looking for shopping options in Melbourne, there's something for everyone. Luxury seekers can splurge on high-end designers and artisanal goods along iconic Collins Street. If you want a more relaxed retail experience, Melbourne has a vibrant vintage clothing scene with plenty of thrift and consignment shops to poke through. Make your way to South Yarra to check out Goodbyes, Stupid Vintage, or the Chapel Street Bazaar, or head north up to Fitzroy to explore the Lost and Found Market.

One of the more iconic shopping locations is Queen Victoria Market, a famous open-air market with hundreds of small businesses selling locally sourced products, handmade crafts, and souvenirs. The market also has a vibrant food court area with over 50 food stalls serving a variety of different cuisines. If you find yourself in the area from April 10th - May 8th, be sure to check out The Hawker 88 Night Market. Immerse yourself in Asia's sights, sounds, and irresistible flavours every Wednesday night.

Unwind in the Parks

Melbourne has many beautiful parks, so you can experience nature without leaving the city. You can take a leisurely walk through the stunning Kings Domain, home to attractions like the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Melbourne Observatory. For a more peaceful experience, you can spend some time in the serene Fitzroy Gardens or head further north to the Royal Park in Parkville, where you can visit the Melbourne Zoo.

Slow down with a serene walk along the Yarra River. The primary river flowing through the city offers stunning night-time views. Head south and discover one of the city's most notable attractions, St Kilda Beach, where you can revel in beautiful coastal views and enjoy a refreshing swim during the summer months.

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Dinner Time

Ready to refuel after spending the day exploring the city? The city boasts a dazzling culinary scene, with something to tantalise every taste bud. From elegant fine-dining experiences in the CBD to trendy eateries in Fitzroy and Brunswick, each neighbourhood offers its own unique flavour. No matter your craving, Melbourne has the perfect meal waiting for you.

For a top-notch experience, consider making a reservation at Chin Chin or Lucy Liu - two of Melbourne's most highly recommended restaurants.

Feeling the pull of Asian fusion? Good Days & Tom Phat in Brunswick offer vibrant flavours in a cozy ambience. Craving authentic Italian goodness? Head to 400 Gradi, renowned for its artisan pizza and classic dishes that will transport you straight to Italy.

This is just a taste of what Melbourne has to offer.

Catch a Show

If you prefer staying up late, Melbourne has a lot to offer once the sun sets. Federation Square, the city's vibrant public arts precinct, transforms into a hub of activity after dark. Immerse yourself in various events, from pulsating music performances to captivating art exhibitions and everything in between.

For even more significant events, learn what's on at Melbourne Cricket Ground, a world-class venue that hosts major concerts, sports events, and exhibitions. It is the largest stadium in Australia, with a capacity of 100,000. Check out what's on and enjoy a memorable night in the city.

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Grab a Drink

Enjoy the lively nightlife across the city to end your day in Melbourne. Many rooftop bars offer stunning panoramic views, and one of Cosmo’s favourites is Naked for Satan, located between Fitzroy and Collingwood or Johnny’s Green Room in Carlton.

For a casual spot with great music, you can head over to Section 8. If you prefer a more sophisticated atmosphere, visit Apollo Inn, which serves expertly crafted cocktails and offers top-tier service.

Ready to Experience Melbourne Magic? Book Your Stay Today!

Now that your itinerary is brimming with possibilities, it's time to find the perfect home base for your adventures.

Head over to Cosmo Homes and discover a curated collection of stylish apartments and charming homes perfectly located to immerse you in the heart of Melbourne's vibrant energy.

Our exceptional customer service team is dedicated to ensuring your Melbourne stay is nothing short of exceptional. We're here to answer any questions, offer local recommendations, and help you create unforgettable memories in this captivating city.

By Camryn Thayer

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