Want to know some of the best things to do in Melbourne City? Look no further, we got you.

1. Spend some time observing Melbourne’s renowned street art scene.

Hosier Lane Street art

Walk down Hosier Lane opposite Federation Square and take in the incredible street art that brings the city to life. Giant murals created by local artists create a vibrant buzz in the area that attracts tourists from all over.

Ideally, get there early to beat the vast crowds that amass on the street and grab a coffee or lunch at one of the many popular eateries around Fed Square.

2. Catch the fire show along the river.

The fire show outside Crown Casino

Every evening at 8pm, outside of the Crown Casino there is a spectacular fire show that erupts out of large stone columns that line the river bank. The display is best viewed from the opposite bank, at Batman Park situated next to the city aquarium.

3. Walk around the National Gallery of Victoria

If you ever find yourself at the end of a Melbourne downpour, there is no better way to spend your day than exploring the National Gallery. With no entrance fee, the gallery is a true treat. Filled with artwork both modern and historical.

4. Visit China Town

Being taught how to professionally wrap Peking duck pancakes at Dahu Peking Duck Restaurant in China Town

Melbourne is renowned as a multicultural city and is home to a large Chinese population. China Town offers a great deal of authentic Asian cuisine and is well worth a stop if you are in the city.

5. Explore Melbourne Aquarium

Funny looking fish at Sea Life Aquarium

On the bank of the Yarra river is the Melbourne Sea Life centre. The aquarium is home to a vast array of sea creatures, including sharks, rays, crocs and even a penguin colony.

6. Grab a drink at a rooftop bar

Melbourne city has loads of great places to grab a cold drink. But when the sun is shining in the late afternoon there is no better place to be than on top of Curtin House on Swanson street at the aptly named “Rooftop Bar”.

7. Indulge in a food market

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Victoria Market at night

Melbourne is known as a hub for food and drink. The city hosts a variety of “foodie” festivities that will take place throughout the year. Some of the best include the Night Noodle Market at Birramung Marr and the street food celebration at Queen Victoria Market during the Christmas period.

8. Take a beach break

Staying for the sunset on St Kilda beach is even better

If you find yourself stuck in the city and want to get away from the hustle and bustle, jump on the tram and head to St. Kilda beach. Lie on the sand or go for a dip to escape the mid-summer heat.

MORE: Living in St. Kilda

9. Have a mooch around the Iconic State library

Walking around the huge State Library

Created in 1854, The Victoria State Library is the oldest in Australia and is home to spectacular architecture and is a bustling hub for the student population of the city.

10. Go all in at the Casino

Try your luck in the casino

Spend the evening trying your luck at Crown Casino on Southbank. The venue offers a huge array of games to test your luck. Also if you are an avid football fan, you can catch games here in the early hours of the morning so never have to miss out.

11. Have a drink and a bite to eat on the river


If you find yourself walking along the river, stop by the Arbory Bar & Eatery, with great food and uninterrupted views. You can dine and watch the city come to life with light, as the sun goes down.

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Best thing to do in Melbourne
Matthew Ward
Fulfilling the dream of seeing the world, eating new food and drinking exotic beers.

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