Best things to do in Melbourne

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Naked For Satan
285 Brunswick St
179local recommendations
Wendy
Wendy says “Trendy Spanish style bar offering an extensive drinks menu and tapas or 'pintxos'. This is a Melbour...” ·
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2. Chin Chin
125 Flinders Ln
152local recommendations
Jess & Tim
Jess & Tim says “This is my favourite place *MUST TRY* for foodies who love to share plates. Fusion Asian, funky and ...” ·
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3. Melbourne Cricket Ground
Brunton Ave
320local recommendations
Tony
Tony says “Being AFL followers have been to this sports arena on many occasions and it never fails to impress. ...” ·
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4. St Kilda Beach
201local recommendations
Donna
Donna says “St Kilda offers some of the best of everything that Melbourne has to offer. Take a picture in front...” ·
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5. Queen Victoria Market
Queen St
438local recommendations
Anj
Anj says “Melbourne's oldest, Melbourne's biggest, Melbourne's best! And the largest open-air market in the So...” ·
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6. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Birdwood Ave
442local recommendations
Eric
Eric says “The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne are internationally renowned botanical gardens located near the ...” ·
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7. Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex
8 Whiteman St
106local recommendations
Ian
Ian says “Crown Melbourne is a sprawling riverside entertainment complex with a casino, 3 hotels, Village Cine...” ·
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8. Cookie
252 Swanston St
106local recommendations
Terry
Terry says “At Cookie, French doors and tiny Juliet balconies separate you from the Swanston Street crowd below....” ·
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9. Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson St
263local recommendations
Anj
Anj says “Melbourne Museum is located next to the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton ...” ·
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10. Cinema Nova
380 Lygon St
168local recommendations
Terry
Terry says “Long-running arthouse movie theatre with in-cinema dining and a stylish terrace cocktail bar.Cinema ...” ·
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11. Chapel Street
Chapel St
201local recommendations
Eric
Eric says “Vintage treasures, local designers, international brands: you'll find it all on Chapel Street, which...” ·
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12. Vegie Bar
380 Brunswick St
91local recommendations
Eric
Eric says “Vegie Bar is a thriving vegetarian restaurant in the heart of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy with a down-...” ·
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13. Arts Precinct/St Kilda Road
147local recommendations
Terry
Terry says “The Arts Centre Melbourne, originally known as the Victorian Arts Centre is a performing arts centre...” ·
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14. National Gallery of Victoria
180 St Kilda Rd
374local recommendations
Eric
Eric says “The National Gallery of Victoria, popularly known as the NGV, is an art museum in Melbourne, Austral...” ·
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15. Gelato Messina Fitzroy
237 Smith St
80local recommendations
Sofia
Sofia says “The place to get ice cream. Queues are common, but a little assertiveness goes a long way! Be sure t...” ·
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16. The Hardware Societe Melbourne
123 Hardware St
75local recommendations
Eric
Eric says “Who doesn't know about this cafe? Located amid the mish-mash of eateries on Hardware Lane sits a tin...” ·
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17. Top Paddock Cafe
658 Church St
76local recommendations
Madelyn + Sash
Madelyn + Sash says “Rocked into the top echelon of the Melbourne cafe scene because it takes food seriously as any hatt...” ·
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18. Luna Park Melbourne
18 Lower Esplanade
199local recommendations
Alison
Alison says “Overlooking the famous Port Phillip Bay, this historic park has been a destination for Melbourne fam...” ·
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19. MoVida
1 Hosier Ln
74local recommendations
Wei Na
Wei Na says “Frank Camorra’s MoVida is the restaurant responsible for setting off Melbourne’s ongoing fixation wi...” ·
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20. Northcote Social Club
301 High St
79local recommendations
Anj
Anj says “A standout in Melbourne's indie music scene, this is a cosy pub with a focus on fantastic live music...” ·
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21. Lygon Street
Lygon St
75local recommendations
Sharyn
Sharyn says “Probably a kilometre of Italian bistros, cafes and restaurants, with some gelati shops, and a few pr...” ·
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22. CUMULUS INC.
45 Flinders Ln
74local recommendations
Chloé
Chloé says “Andrew McConnell's city restaurant doesn't take bookings unless you have eight guests. With one hat ...” ·
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23. The Local Taphouse
184 Carlisle St
79local recommendations
Mike
Mike says “A must visit for beer lovers, The Local features 20 beers on tap at any one time, plus a further lis...” ·
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24. Ponyfish Island
68local recommendations
Rach
Rach says “Floating under the Pedestrian Bridge, Southbank and accessible from stairs descending from above, Po...” ·
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25. Federation Square
302local recommendations
Mark & Mike
Mark & Mike says “It’s increasingly hard to imagine Melbourne without Federation Square, a great place to chill and wa...” ·
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26. St Ali Coffee Roasters
12-18 Yarra Pl
67local recommendations
Chris
Chris says “St Ali not just a coffee shop but a coffee church with seriously interesting food . Buried in a larg...” ·
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27. Auction Rooms
103-107 Errol St
70local recommendations
Nil
Nil says “Auction Rooms, housed in the old WB Ellis auction house in Errol St, North Melbourne, is a coffee ro...” ·
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28. Cicciolina
130 Acland St
70local recommendations
Evelyn
Evelyn says “This is a St Kilda institution. It's fine dining without the pretense. We love the cosy homely feel ...” ·
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29. Brunetti Carlton
380 Lygon St
66local recommendations
Anj
Anj says “Brunetti is an iconic Melbourne pasticceria offering desserts as pretty as they are scrumptious. Whi...” ·
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30. Flemington Racecourse
67local recommendations
Shane
Shane says “Flemington Racecourse hosts many of Australia's top races, including the Melbourne Cup, VRC Derby, V...” ·