This was my third trip to Melbourne in the last two years, but I think everyone who has been to Melbourne and especially those who live in Melbourne would all agree that there is ALWAYS something to do in Melbourne.
On any given weekend you can find market stalls in a plentiful amount of different suburbs around the city, mini food and wine festivals, a new cafe opening or maybe even a mini music festival.
If you’re a foodie, love afternoon cocktails on a terrace, enjoy city nightlife, or going to the theatre, then Melbourne is one of the best cities in Australia to visit.
I think 2-3 days in the city itself is the perfect amount of time to see everything and get a real feel for the city. If you have more time, I would definitely recommend renting a car or organise some bus trips out to some of the wineries and outer Victorian areas for a different view of the state. If you have the time, drive the Great Ocean Road. We didn’t do that on this trip, so hopefully next time!
We were greeted with perfect blue skies for our first day in Melbourne! We caught the train to Top Paddock in Richmond. This was on my list of things I wanted to go to in Melbourne as I’d seen all the foodies blog about it on Instagram and I needed to taste the flower food for myself! I opted for the healthier option with the bircher muesli, which was nice but not amazing. I received high recommendations for the ricotta hotcakes (which also come with flowers). So if you go, let me know what flower meal you opted for!
Then we caught the train to famous Flinders Station. I can’t help but photograph the station building every time I am in Melbourne as it’s my favourite! We walked through Hosier Lane, checking out the newest graffiti on the walls. Passing through Degraves Street, with all the trendy outside cafes. A perfect spot if you like to be in amongst the hustle and bustle of a trendy city whilst sipping on wine and delving into some tasty dishes from the plentiful array of cafes.
If you prefer a quiet terrace atmosphere to enjoy your cocktails, then Madame Brussels is the perfect afternoon spot for you. Everything is very pink and very cute.
My friend Rachel (her family) has a beautiful holiday house in Merrick’s Beach. We drove there the night before so that we could have the whole day down there.
We visited two wineries in the Mornington Peninsula. The first winery, T’Gallant had a real vintage feel to it and our server was lovely. The second winery we went to was Foxeys Hangout. We also had lunch here and oh boy, it was delicious!
If you have a car when visiting Victoria, this is such a nice way to spend the day. It is roughly only 1 hours from Melbourne CBD as well!
We spent the afternoon in the spa eating apple pie and ice-cream.
We also happened to visit Melbourne when the Comedy Festival was on! As I said, Melbourne ALWAYS has something going on. This was a fun way to spend the evening, complete with cheap wine and Chinese food in China Town, followed by a night of dancing on Chapel Street.
Our last brunch was at Fourth Chapter. Just a small tip from me to you, if you want to get brunch in Melbourne, be prepared to wait anywhere from 20 minutes-1 hour. I am told this just adds to the Melbourne experience. I guess people in Melbourne have more time than Sydney-siders. 😛
Then we drove to Port Melbourne’s Westgate Park, to see the pink lake. We all exclaimed, “It really is pink” when we saw it.
We had enough time to drive out to Brighton Beach to see the famous beach boxes. If you’ve got a spare $1mil you could buy your own coloured box too.
In three days we had successfully completed the “So Melbourne” guide (that I made up in my head, just now). Give it a go, I promise three days with friends, food and wine won’t go unappreciated.