We only had 3 days in Melbourne and there is so much to do! So here is what we did to make the most of our long weekend.
Saturday | Day 1
The most important part of the day….breakfast, or brunch in our case! While you may have to wait a little while for breakfast here, it is worth it! One of Melbourne’s most popular breakfast spots, Higher Ground, located on Little Bourke Street. Do try the delicious ricotta and blueberry hotcake (tip: you may not want lunch after – it’s HUGE).
After scoffing down our brunch at Higher Ground, we wandered over to the Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch a game of AFL. You can pick tickets up from just $25 (however, you may end up spending much more on food and drinks).
The game finished around 5pm, with a quick outfit change back at the hotel and a few more layers added we walked to our dinner destination, SPQR Pizzeria. Located on Liverpool Street, SPQR is a new wood fire pizza restaurant where you can dine in or just pop in and buy a slice of authentic Italian pizza. The wood fire oven was hand made by an Italian family in Thomastown! They also have a great selection of wine, which makes this place one to visit.
Conveniently there was a basement comedy show on at the European Bier Cafe the weekend we visited (and all through May). For $20 you can purchase a ticket to see five well-known comedians over one and a half hours. What makes this event even better is the bar located right next to the stage. Grab a beverage, sit back and be ready to laugh until your abs hurt.
Before arriving in Melbourne we had be told of a new dessert and cocktail bar, Om Nom. Reservations are recommended! This cocktail may have been $25, but let me tell you, it was SO worth it! What you are really paying for is the theatre around the cocktail. I had the salted caramel espresso, served with liquid nitrogen. Amazing!
Sunday | Day 2
Lazy Sunday morning. We started the day with a tram ride to Elsternwick…on the hunt for breakfast. We had found Penta Elsternwick cafe on instagram and it looked far too good to miss! The breakfast was incredible! A long walk was in need after so instead of catching the tram back to the city we walked through Elwood and along St Kilda beach. A quick change at the hotel and back out into the city!
China town was next on the agenda! The hardest part…deciding on a restaurant for lunch! Dumplings, pork buns, Shanghai noodles were in need and thats exactly what we got.
With so much eating and walking it was time for some shopping. South Wharf DFO in Melbourne is full of outlet stores and not far away from an adorable bar on the river, Pony Fish Island, which is where we ended up after shopping…woops! Nothing better than mulled wine in autumn!
When the day isn’t over yet, just keep eating! Because Melbourne has so many delicious restaurants to try! Eat is what we did, Mexican for dinner at Bodega underground, Beer at Hofbräuhaus and dessert crepes at Chin Chin.
Monday | Day 3
When in Melbourne the most important thing to do (apart from eating) is walking through Hosier Lane and checking out the amazing graffiti artwork. We started the day with a quick run from Hosier Lane to Prahran to explore the neighbourhood and have breakfast of course!
Tall Timber cafe is the place to visit when in Prahran. Order the breakfast board and bircher muesli with poached pear, you will not be disappointed.
Our exploring continued…all the way to Fitzroy. With a cup of coffee in hand we walked the streets of Fitzroy and browsed the boutique shops and local supermarkets until we came across Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya Japanese and just had to sit down for lunch!
Our last stop before the airport was the ACMI Museum. The perfect way to end our long weekend in Melbourne.