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Melbourne is known as Australia’s cultural hub for good reason. From secret street art to seasonal events, you’ll find something for everyone. Here’s our ultimate guide to spending 24 hours in Melbourne.
Find secret street art
Everyone knows Melbourne is famous for its colourful and ever-changing street art, but did you know that famed street artist Banksy called our art ‘more diverse and original than any other city in the world’? Explore some of the city’s most loved laneways on our street art walk. It will take you beyond Hosier Lane, from 3D street art in Presgrave Place to playful AC/DC tributes in AC/DC Lane. Need an expert to show you around? There’s plenty of guided tours you can join.
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Eat the city's best food
Indulge in the melting pot that is Melbourne’s diverse food culture while you’re in town. From Chinatown to Lygon Street, you can travel the world in just one night – via your fork, of course. Visit some of the exciting newer eateries that have joined the city’s strong culinary scene, including the sophisticated Gatsby-inspired bar, Gimlet, or buzzing Bangkok-style street food eatery, Thai Town. Or go for old favourite with iconic dumpling spot HuTong.
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Visit the city's coolest bars and cafes
Despite being known for our ever-changing weather, Melburnians love to spend their time outdoors – particularly at one of our rooftop bars, like Johnny’s Green Room or Good Heavens. You could even grab a drink by the water this summer at Ponyfish Island, or the much-loved Arbory Afloat. When it comes to coffee, Melbourne is second to none. Try steadfast favourites like historic Pellegrini’s or Market Lane.
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Where to stay
If you’re looking for a place to stay, Melbourne has no shortage of unique hotel offerings right in the heart of the action. The quirky QT Melbourne has lifts that chat to you as you ascend to your room, or you can even stay in a sleek Airstream on a rooftop at Notel. For indulgence, try the brand new W Hotel, located in the centre of buzzing Flinders Lane.
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Last updated on Thu 25 Feb 2021
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