You can easily spend all day along the Yarra, sculpture spotting and bar hopping by the river. Snap a pic from Princes Bridge and browse the Arts Centre Sunday market for handmade treasures. Take a stroll along Birrarung Marr and stop in at Fed Square for free ACMI exhibitions. As happy hour approaches, head for cocktails on Southbank’s iconic foodie strip. The eating options are endless - go for pan-asian delights, wood-fired pizzas or soft shell crab burgers.

Dishes at BangPop

BangPop

Bang on the waterfront is colourful Thai favourite BangPop. The hawker market-inspired menu is fresh and fragrant, from the drunken prawns to the fall-off-the-bone lamb rib jungle curry. Bring a crew for a guaranteed good time over passionfruit mojitos and spicy Bangkok wings. Or skip straight to mango sticky rice with toasted sesame and coconut ice cream.

Boatbuilders yard

The Boatbuilders Yard

Cross the wooden wharf to rendezvous at this converted heritage shed. Sitting pretty on the water and nestled beside the Polly Woodside sailing ship, the Boatbuilders Yard outdoor dining oasis shines in summer. Book a beach club lounge, or play giant games on the green while you sip a grapefruit paloma. Tuck into haloumi fries, grilled octopus and lobster rolls from the Mediterranean menu.

Several Japanese-inspired dishes.

Chocolate Buddha

Take a seat at Chocolate Buddha’s high-tech sushi train, at the centre of the fed square action. Sip sake while you wait for the bullet train to deliver hot Izakaya dishes straight from the kitchen, like spicy lamb gyoza or Korean fried chicken. Tuck into big bowls of ramen and just try to resit photographing the fiery inside-out kingfish handrolls. Stay for Belgian white chocolate spring rolls with miso caramel or a chai white Russian.

Script Bar & Bistro

Rub shoulders with Melbourne's thespians at this Italian-style bistro.

Fatto Bar & Cantina

Modern Italian staples with stunning views of the city skyline.

Asado

An Argentinian barbecue restaurant in the heart of Southbank.

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Melbourne’s largest outdoor floating bar and restaurant reopens this October.

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