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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“Amazing art gallery. They have a great free exhibit if you aren't wanting to pay to see art. A must see!”
  • 472 locals recommend
Field
“Founded in 1846, It extends across 38 hectares that slope to the river with trees, garden beds, lakes and lawn”
  • 539 locals recommend
Cricket Ground
“If you are here to see your footy team in the finals, go to the boxing day test or as a sports fan to go on the tour. A short train ride from the station at the end of our street (15 minutes).”
  • 331 locals recommend
Market
“Queen Victoria Market is an authentic, bustling, inner-city market that has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for 140 years. Home to over 600 small businesses, it is a great place to discover fresh and specialty produce, hand-made and unique products, great coffee and food, souvenirs and clothing. Shopping at the Market has always been one of life’s great pleasures. It is not just the abundance of fresh food, it’s the friendly banter with the traders, the vibrant and multicultural atmosphere, the special events and festivals, and the sense of belonging that comes with it. Be sure to take the Ultimate Foodie Tour, a two-hour guided walking tour where you’ll taste the freshest produce, discover unique ingredients, learn tips and tricks for shopping and cooking, discover the Market's history and meet some of our beloved traders. Bookings essential at qvm.com.au/tours Queen Victoria Market is also home to the Night Market on Wednesday nights, showcasing global street food, live music and entertainment, festival bars, specialty shopping and a great Melbourne night out. The Market also offers a historic venue space with a range of indoor and outdoor spaces.”
  • 399 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Be assured of the best of the best at Emporium Melbourne, the see-it-to-believe-it, one-stop, super stylish, cutting edge shopping mecca. Emporium Melbourne is home to a veritable shopping bag of first-to-Australia brands and sleek and shiny Melbourne flagship stores, plus a food and drink stops that redefine the very notion of shopping sustenance. On your marks, get set, shop. Check out these international fashion goliaths at Emporium Melbourne: Kate Spade Michael Kors Marc Cain Brooks Brothers FREYWILLE UNIQLO Zoo York”
  • 204 locals recommend
Plaza
“Fed. Square - a venue for arts, culture and public events on the edge of the Melbourne CBD”
  • 300 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Nice way to spend half a day relaxing. Can buy a day pass online. Massages can be expensive here. Visit early morning or at night to avoid crowds”
  • 323 locals recommend
Bridge
“You get to enjoy the sunset here as well as penguin sighting here for free. Just a 20 minute travel, you can take a tram 96 to St kilda beach.”
  • 260 locals recommend
Casino
“The safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket!”
  • 172 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“A great Inner City venue for discounted shopping of popular local and international brands”
  • 139 locals recommend
Museum
“Interesting rain forest walk to help you meet some wild life and lots of interactive exhibits for adults & children. Situated next to the impressive exhibition buildings”
  • 196 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Fancy for city view or a fine dining on the 89 floor? You can buy a ticket and enjoy the sightseeing on the 88th floor or fine dining. Best to visit during sunset hour. ”
  • 192 locals recommend
Library
“This has recently undergone renovation and is a beautiful tranquil place. Well worth a look and a sit and read even!”
  • 158 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“This Thai diner has a cool but unfussy vibe. The menu is mostly sharable and you can order wine by the carafe from the 'Wine Guy'. Crispy school prawns and suckling pig pancakes make great lazy afternoon drinking food. The air zings with spices and buzzes with conversation. Look out for fun touches like vintage propaganda posters and a Vietnamese cyclo by the door.”
  • 188 locals recommend
Aquarium
“SEA LIFE Melbourne takes you on an interactive ocean adventure filled with amazing discovery and magical marine stories. Explore the creatures and features of the ocean like never before with the thousands of colourful aquatic animals that call SEA LIFE home. Become a Rockpool Explorer as you embark on a marine adventure from the depths of the ocean dominated by sharks and massive stingrays, to the icy cool waters of Antarctica, home to the majestic King and cheeky Gentoo penguins. Journey back in time and meet the pre-historic giants of the ocean at the latest, must-see Ancient Oceans exhibit. Visitors will discover more about the magnificent ancient creatures and get close to some remarkable animals that have lived for millions of years. With interactive animal displays, magical marine stories, and expert keeper presentations, SEA LIFE Melbourne is sure to inspire love for the oceans.”
  • 110 locals recommend
Stadium
“Football or concerts Marvel Stadium is an arena you can visit in any weather because the roof actually closes.”
  • 129 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Shopping Mall
“Be assured of the best of the best at Emporium Melbourne, the see-it-to-believe-it, one-stop, super stylish, cutting edge shopping mecca. Emporium Melbourne is home to a veritable shopping bag of first-to-Australia brands and sleek and shiny Melbourne flagship stores, plus a food and drink stops that redefine the very notion of shopping sustenance. On your marks, get set, shop. Check out these international fashion goliaths at Emporium Melbourne: Kate Spade Michael Kors Marc Cain Brooks Brothers FREYWILLE UNIQLO Zoo York”
  • 204 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“This Thai diner has a cool but unfussy vibe. The menu is mostly sharable and you can order wine by the carafe from the 'Wine Guy'. Crispy school prawns and suckling pig pancakes make great lazy afternoon drinking food. The air zings with spices and buzzes with conversation. Look out for fun touches like vintage propaganda posters and a Vietnamese cyclo by the door.”
  • 188 locals recommend
College Academic Building
“French toast and baked eggs are staples at this compact, rustic-chic breakfast cafe with warm vibe.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Bar
“For a truly Melbourne bar experience, head to Cookie and work your way through the mammoth beer selection (CBD)”
  • 124 locals recommend
Bar
“Very good local pub/bar with suburb view. Chill and comfy. Just relax and chat! ”
  • 234 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“If you love mexican food, like chilli grilled corn cobs, Tacos (hard or soft Shell), quesadillas ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Village cinema a 10-15 minute walk away. Complete with it's own sophisticated bar for some pre or post movie beverages. ”
  • 100 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“If you are looking for a posh night out, there is no better place than Vue de monde. One of Melbourne (and Australia's) top restaurants. Getting a booking may be difficult so plan ahead! Serving modern Australian degustation menus with stunning views across all of Melbourne. It's the perfect place to celebrate a birthday, a special occasion or a romantic evening.”
  • 41 locals recommend

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