Eat, Sleep & Drink in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is a creative, exciting, ever-changing city with extraordinary surprises to be discovered in every basement, rooftop and laneway. Coffee, shopping, art and architecture are all treated as reverently as major sporting events and fabulously local food and wine. Jump on a distinctive tram and discover Victoria's dynamic capital city.

A Dynamic City

Venture down laneways, into parklands and beneath the stately architecture along CBD streets to find your favourite places and create your own unique Melbourne.

The iconic laneways are an integral part of Melbourne life, adorned with eye-catching street art and bursting with craft and design ateliers, cafes, restaurants and bars, and commercial galleries showcasing the innovation and skill of Melbourne-based artists and designers. Stumble upon unassuming doorways that conceal iconoclastic cafes, bare-bone student hangouts and renowned music stores, or ultra-hip clubs and flashy cocktail bars.

Melbourne is home to Australia's largest concentration of live comedy and music venues. Small companies produce edgy and innovative theatre, while internationally-renowned theatres host leading national and international arts companies. Meanwhile, the city streets pulse with buskers and public art every day of the year.

Shopping

Lovers of fashion, sport, literature, music and art and design are spoiled for choice in Melbourne. Snap up eye-catching fashion as you browse the boutiques of experimental local designers in the laneways and arcades around Flinders Lane and Little Collins Street, where record stores, book shops to obsess over, and tiny galleries co-exist.

For the ultimate in choice head directly to one-stop department stores like David Jones and Myer, or browse the exclusive boutiques and international fashion houses at Melbourne's GPO and QV shopping centres.

Diverse inner-city precincts feature vibrant shopping strips boasting independent designers, vintage vendors, shoe shops, milliners and jewellery-makers, plus excellent cafes. Visit Brunswick and Gertrude streets in Fitzroy, Smith Street in Collingwood, South Yarra's Chapel Street, and Greville Street in Prahran.

The sprawling Queen Victoria Market, an institution since 1878, is abundant with fresh produce, seafood, jewellery, clothing and authentic Australian souvenirs. 

Restaurants

Feast on a dizzying array of dining options in a city that places the emphasis firmly on the tastebuds. Melbourne's mix of cultures is evident in its myriad restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars, while the combination of superb local produce and wine plus innovative chefs keeps it at the forefront of food fashion.

Dine at any time of day in an eatery to suit your style. Sample the mid-week lunch specials of the city's best, fill up for next to nothing, or splash out on the groundbreaking dinner of a lifetime. Wine lists brimming with local offerings enhance any meal, especially those eaten al fresco by the Yarra River or overlooking St Kilda Beach.

Share a drink while snacking on high end tapas in a laneway eatery, take on seemingly endless feasts in Chinatown and the Greek precinct, or break out of the CBD and discover other specialist dining destinations – Richmond for Vietnamese, Carlton's 'Little Italy', Fitzroy for Spanish and Brunswick for Middle Eastern.

Melbourne is the coffee capital of Australia, with a multitude of cafes all vying to be your new local.

Fun-filled Events

Visit Melbourne at any time of year and be greeted with a jam-packed program of exciting and accessible events.

Highlights include the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, and the annual Winter Masterpieces and the Melbourne Festival.

Fill the gaps between major events with non-stop film and food festivals, music tours, cultural celebrations, major art exhibitions and musical and theatre extravaganzas.

Sports and cultural events go hand-in-hand in Melbourne. Get along to at least one Spring Racing Carnival event, the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Australian Open Tennis and the FORMULA 1 Australian Grand Prix. The Australian Football League Grand Final is a local event that needs to be seen to be believed.

Accommodation

There’s a wide range of Melbourne accommodation options will ensure that you're in prime position to uncover the city's hidden secrets.

Getting around is easy thanks to the CBD's grid layout and flexible train, tram, bus and bike options.

Choose from five-star luxury hotels, business suits, serviced apartments and boutique B&Bs right in the buzzing Melbourne CBD. This convenient base is close to Flinders Street Station and Federation Square as well as countless dining, shopping and sightseeing options.

Southbank and the Crown Entertainment Complex offer more excellent accommodation options amid a bumper line-up of restaurants, cafes, shops and other water-front delights.

Stay closer to the Sports Precinct to cheer on the action, with the MCG, Melbourne Park and AAMI Park within close proximity and a short walk from the city centre. If you've got Spring Racing fever, head closer to Flemington Racecourse to soak up the action, day and night.

Become part of an inner-city neighbourhood even for a short time by choosing boutique accommodation in cosmopolitan Carlton, bohemian Fitzroy and upmarket South Yarra, or immerse yourself in beachside living in St Kilda.

Getting to and from Melbourne

There are two airports servicing flights to and from Melbourne. Tullamarine Airport is the larger domestic and international airport, while Melbourne Avalon Airport operates Australian domestic flights only. Use Webjet's guide to Melbourne's Tullamarine and Avalon airports to get to know terminals, car hire providers and hotel accommodation in Melbourne and ensure a hassle free passage.

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Planning on hiring a rental car when you're in town? Compare and book Melbourne car hire, and choose from rentals ranging from several standard sedans, roomy eight-seaters and everything in between.